The Next Generation of Video Doorbells
Recently, I was sitting at my desk at the office when an alert popped up on my laptop screen from Nest Hello video doorbell. Someone was approaching the door of my home – a thirty-minute drive away from where I was sitting. Curious to see who the visitor was, I opened the Nest app, and saw that it was my wife… in a pretty new dress. “Hello beautiful!” I said into my phone. “Nice dress!” “Why thank you!” she replied, not missing a beat.
Nest Hello Doorbell and Nest x Yale Lock
While my family and I have been having fun playing around with the features of the Nest Hello video doorbell, I installed it for more serious reasons. I recently installed Nest Hello and a Nest xYale Lock with the intention of being able to communicate with, and allow access to, delivery people who frequently come to my house.
Well, I’ve achieved my goal, but I quickly learned that Nest’s product features allowed me so much more in terms of home security and control. With the Nest products I’ve installed, I will be able to talk with delivery people no matter where I am, and even unlock the front door so that they can leave the package in the front hallway. I can then re-lock the door, remotely, when they leave.
Here are some additional thoughts of these two security upgrades:
Nest Hello Video Doorbell Features
The features that the Nest doorbell gives me is far better than I had hoped for, here is a few of the features highlighted:
- 24/7 streaming and continuous video recording
- 4:3 HD video designed to show people head to toe
- HDR video shows sharp details even in bright and dark areas
- Person, motion, and sound alerts to detect visitors, accessible on my smartphone.
- Record up to 30 days of continuous video with a subscription to Nest Aware.
- Can recognize family and friends and send a special alert.
- Pre-recorded responses let you reply to visitors with different message options.
Motion And Person Detection
The Nest Hello video doorbell is designed to tell the difference between a person and a thing, and then alert you. The notificationis almost instantaneous and allows me to be react in “real time,” to front door traffic.
Since installing the Nest Hello, I’ve found that vehicle traffic, animals in the lawn, trees swaying in the wind, and even moths flying past the Nest Hello doorbell will activate the recording.
I can choose options on my smartphone to be alerted for sound, motion, people, or night vision by toggling a switch.
Familiar Faces Feature
The Nest Hello has a feature called Familiar Face alerts, that allows you to teach your camera who you know. Every time is sees them, it gets better at recognizing their face. You can then name the face and the system will tell you, by name, when that person is seen in the future.
When the Nest Hello doorbell notifies you by text message of activity, it tells you first that the activity was caused by a “familiar face.” For example, now that my Nest Hello recognizes my wife, next time she comes home it will simply say, “Colleen’s home.”
Note – Familiar Face alerts are available with Nest Aware. If the customer is NOT subscribed to Nest Aware, they will receive Person Alerts with the Nest Hello.
Live Monitoring with Sound
I have a basement workshop and it is impossible to hear the doorbell, let alone be aware of my surroundings. In my shop, I have a large, flat screen TV that I often hook up to my laptop or tablet. With the Nest Hello video doorbell, I am able to bring up a livestream of our front door so I can see what’s going on, on the street in front of our house. This has proven useful for security and deliveries.
Playback Of Video
I find using the playback feature intuitive and straightforward. A timed, status bar on the lower portion of my computer screen shows white dots, which indicate motion. I simple click on the dots to view what activity happened at that time.
Using this feature, I recently discovered that the mysterious dead grass I was finding in our flower bed was being deposited there by a neighbor! I had to laugh about that one (and then asked him to please put his dead grass somewhere else).
There was also a situation where Amazon texted that a package was delivered, but it never showed up. This was a time-sensitive purchase and when I reviewed the video, I could see that the driver made the delivery to my neighbor’s house across the street, and was still on their steps –mystery solved!
Nest x Yale Lock
With biometric, Bluetooth and keyless lock technology available, I’ve often wondered why people still use keys.
On more than one occasion I’ve had one of my kids come home late at night and wake up the entire household ringing the doorbell because they forgot to take their key and were locked out. Then there were those times I’ve had to leave work and rush home to give a trusted contractor, electrician, or plumber access to my house for a repair.
As a homeowner that sometimes forgets my phone, I prefer an electronic keyless lock. Keyless entry door locks allow me to secure my home without the need for keeping track or and carrying metal keys. You just enter a personal code to either gain entry when you come home, or lock and secure your home when you leave.
Nest X Yale Lock Features
● Slim Key-Free Touchscreen ● Lock and unlock your door using the backlit keypad, or through your smart home system ● Allows different access passcodes ● Control from anywhere on a smartphone ● Lock or unlock, see current status, view history and receive notifications from anywhere when integrated with a smart home or alarm system.
- Fits on doors 1-3/4″ to 2-1/4″ thick
- Backset 2 3/4″ or 2 3/4″
- Face Bore Hole: 2 1/8″
- Edge Bore Hole: 1″
- Smart home features require compatible system like SmartThings or Wink
Locking the Door is Easy Too
Tap the keypad with 3 fingers to quickly lock the door behind you or turn on auto-relock to ensure the door always locks itself after a set amount of timer press the Yale button to activate the deadbolt.
What if the battery dies?
Don’t worry about getting locked out due to dead batteries – The lock features a 9V terminal under the keypad for emergency charging. You simply plug the 9-volt battery in and the door will operate.
I know what you’re thinking, I won’t have a 9-volt battery. Well that’s probably true, but in my case, I have 4 other doors with locks that still use a traditional key. I’m a bit of a Boy Scout and always keep a spare key in my vehicle. I have a friend that has a lock box in his shed with a spare key. Going forward, I also plan to simply keep a 9-volt in my truck.
The Nest x Yale deadbolt was easy to install. I simply removed my old deadbolt and replace the parts with the Nest x Yale lock. I personally didn’t have to change anything.
The installation kit comes with three different depth screws for attaching the exterior touch keypad to the interior locking/network mechanism to accommodate most all door thicknesses.
One Week Later
My family definitely likes the Nest x Yale deadbolt keypad entry lock. A lot of times my kids are picked up by friends and don’t bring their car keys. Having a superfast and easy way to get in when they get home isa plus! The Nest Hello video doorbell is another story. My family thinks it’s creepy that I know every time someone comes in or out the door.
Kinda like “Big Brother is Watching.” I, on the other, have greeted the FedX and UPS truck a half dozen times already. I like to be able to see who is coming and going from my door. And to compliment my wife when she’s looking especially nice!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nest. The opinions and text are all mine.