Say Hello to the new video doorbell from Nest

We are still working on smartening up our house, and we decided we wanted to finally get a video doorbell.  We had actually ordered a Ring doorbell, but I’m going to return that.  We decided we’d stick with the Nest system once we realized their video doorbell was available for purchase, because we already have the Nest learning thermostat, a Nest camera, and a couple of the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  The Nest Hello doorbell will fit right in with our current system and will minimize the number of subscription services we’ll need to pay for.

Features of the Nest Hello, as shown on the Nest website:

  • 24/7 streaming and continuous video recording
  • 4:3 HD video designed to show people head to toe
  • HD video and night vision
  • HDR video shows sharp details even in bright and dark areas
  • 160° field of view
  • HD Talk and Listen reduces ambient noise for clear communication with visitors
  • Person, motion, and sound alerts to detect visitors
  • Can recognize family and friends and send a special alert
  • Prerecorded quick responses

The Nest doorbell requires a wired doorbell connection and chime, and it requires a 16-24VAC, 10VA doorbell transformer.  It connects to your home WiFi to upload a continuous feed to the extra-cost Cloud subscription service.  It works with the Nest app to give you alerts when it detects people, motion, or sounds.  You can use the app to customize notifications, and you can set up areas of interest, which will help us stop the camera from alerting us to people waiting at the elevator bank, for example.

It has a built-in microphone and speaker so you can talk to visitors.  There’s also some prerecorded responses you can use if you are alerted to someone while you’re in a meeting at work, for example.

Nest Hello is available now for $229.00.  We bought ours at the local Best Buy, or you can order Hello directly from Nest for the same price.

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3 thoughts on “Say Hello to the new video doorbell from Nest”

  1. I got mine Nest Hello last week, and I installed it on Saturday. I absolutely love it. Because it captures video constantly instead of just when activated, it captures everything. Gone are the Ring’s tendency to capture just the back of someone leaving. Yay!

  2. I’ve had my August doorbell cam, keypad and lock for over a year. I really like the direct integration in the same app of the Cam and Lock. And I really prefer the August Lock just integrating onto your existing lock. The Yale X Nest lock looks nice but I much prefer my existing exterior hardware. August integrates with Nest so that if I lock my door it can autoset my nest to the away setting so may be the Nest cam could integrate directly with the August lock. Personally I think Nest should have bought August to acquire an already existing install base rather than making their own product.

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