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.