Google Nest – Its Devices and How They Work

Google’s new innovation can make sure you have a fully connected home!

We are talking about Google Nest, a comprehensive line of smart home devices, including streaming devices, smart speakers, smart displays, security systems, routers, and more. 

Google Nest was originally launched in the United States as Google Home in November 2016. Later, Google released other smart devices in 2017 onwards.

Google Nest Audio has replaced Google Home. Other than Nest, Nest Mini, Home, and Home Max are all Wi-Fi speakers, which work as smart home control hubs. They enable homeowners to give voice commands by interacting with Google Assistant Alexa. 

Where to Start with Google Nest or Google Home

Google Nest can help users integrate with all in-house and third-party services and allow them to listen to control video or photo playback, music, or get the latest news updates through voice commands. 

Nest devices vary based on the types of speakers and their design, technical specifications, and cost. However, all the devices offer the same functionality through Google Assistant, smart control and music playback. 

All devices come with LED lights, which indicate when the devices listen to your voice command and start responding. Also, they all have a button that you can use to turn on or off the microphone.

The first and second-generation Nest Hubs have a 7-inch display. On the other hand, Nest Hub Max comes with a 10-inch display and a built-in Nest camera.

The displays will enable you to watch videos on Netflix or YouTube, check news snippets and control the smart home devices. 

Nest Speakers and Displays

As mentioned before that Google Nest devices are Wi-Fi speakers and they can entertain you by streaming music from the cloud platform. 

You can use your voice command to check extensive collections of playlists, albums, artists, songs and podcasts from popular music services. You can even transfer music from your iOS or Android through Google Cast.

With the help of Google Cast, you can also use Google Nest devices to control different connected speakers in your home. 

Besides, you can get multi-room playback by adding one or multiple Nest or Google Home devices to compatible speakers to blast tunes all over your home. 

Nest Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat can automatically control heating and hot water in your home. It is also the first thermostat to get energy start certification. 

Nest thermostat comes with various coloured rings to blend with your home’s décor. It has a clear display that is easy to read. 

In just a week, the thermostat will find out what kind of temperature you like to have in your home during the day and night. 

When you are home, the thermostat will increase the temperature. Conversely, the device will turn down the temperature when you go out. This way, the device will reduce your energy bill.  

The thermostat has sensors, and it can detect when you leave home. Then identifying your smartphone location, the device can set itself to eco temperatures and save energy. 

If you go out and your children are at home, you can use your smartphone and set the home temperature remotely through the Nest app.

The latest version of the Nest Thermostat enables users to control the hot water tank using its hot water schedule using the Nest app.

Cameras and Doorbell

Using Nest cameras, you can monitor what is happening within or outside your home. 

The latest Nest cameras are battery-powered, and you can install them anywhere. The cams come with all-glass lenses to get close-up tracking views. 

The key features of the cameras are below:

  • The cameras can distinguish between people, animals and objects.

  • The cameras can send you alerts they are activated. 

  • The cams can scare off intruders or help you communicate with your family and friends.

  • The face recognition feature alerts you about familiar faces and strangers.

  • The round-the-clock cloud storage of the cameras will give you 30 days of recorded video history. You can even create and share clips.

The Nest doorbell allows you to talk to visitors using its microphone, your phone, or through pre-recorded responses. 

Locks and Alarm Systems

Google has designed a lock and alarm system partnering with Yale that has various features to keep your home secure. It is a keyless connected deadbolt lock.

The lock can update you on who is coming and going and will alert you on your phone if someone tries to tamper with it.  

If you can’t remember locking your door on your way out, the Nest × Yale Lock will allow you to lock your door remotely. It can even lock the door automatically.

If the lock system is connected to the Internet, you can set it to lock automatically if all the family members are away from home.

If the system is not connected to the internet, you can set it to lock automatically after a certain period.

Smoke Alarms

Google Nest Protect is a smart smoke detector and alarm system that detects carbon monoxide (CO) inside a home and communicates with owners by sending alerts to their smartphones.

One of the key features of the device is a split-spectrum sensor that detects various smoke incidents, including fast flaming fires and smouldering fires. 

The smoke detector also carries out automatic self-testing to ensure accuracy and could last up to 10 years. You can even turn off the alert sound of this device remotely. 

The early warning of the devices comes with a human voice if there is smoke inside the house so that homeowners can act immediately. 

Nest Wi-Fi

The final device on the list is Google Nest Wi-Fi, which is an 802.11ac mesh router that allows users to extend their home network without using long, tangling cables. 

Each hub of Nest Wi-Fi connects each other wirelessly, and you need to plug only one into your modem. 

You can buy the two-piece Nest Wi-Fi system for $269, which comes with a router and a satellite node or Wi-Fi points. The device can cover up to 3,800 square feet. 

Another option is the three-piece set for $349, covering 5,400 square feet. If you need additional points, you can buy them for $149 each. If your house or apartment is relatively smaller, you can only buy the router for $169.