5 Reasons to Consider a Google Home Security System
Google is one of the leaders in home security systems. The company offers a product line called Google Nest, which aims to build you a “useful home”. The Google Nest lineup has several home security packages and products you can choose from.
With so many choices both within Google and in the general home security market, choosing the right security system for your home can seem like a daunting task.
To help you make this major decision, let’s explore why you should choose a Google home security system.
1. Guaranteed confidentiality
In the age of social media and over-sharing, many people underestimate the importance of privacy. However, your privacy is something you should never compromise.
In 2018, Canadian news channel CBC News highlighted the fact that, unbeknownst to homeowners, hundreds of live home security cameras were being streamed online. Indeed, some security cameras were still using their default passwords, which made them vulnerable to hackers who deprived these system owners of their privacy.
Google’s home security system places great importance on your privacy. According to Google, “a useful home is a private home,” and they keep their promise of privacy. Google’s security system keeps your stream private with video encryption, two-step verification, and protected video history.
Google also offers a “Routine home and away” option, which automatically turns your cameras off when you’re home and on when you’re away, so you can have more control over your privacy.
Google goes one step further by outlining some privacy and security principles they follow, including:
- Be clear about what data they collect and why.
- Never sell a user’s personal information.
- Make it easier to control user privacy by ensuring that each Google account has on/off data controls.
- Allow users to view, move or delete their data.
2. Google Smart Features
Google has several unique security features, categorized as “intelligent security”. One of the main smart features is the Activity Zone, which allows you to customize the alerts you receive when your security camera identifies something of interest to you; for example, a familiar face, packages or vehicles.
Another smart feature of Google’s security system is the ability to leave pre-recorded messages for your visitors.
A not-so-unique (but nonetheless handy) smart feature is the ability to see and speak directly with your visitors through your doorbell.
The main downside to accessing some of Google’s smart features is that it will cost you more. To use features like Activity Zone, you need to purchase a Nest Aware subscription. Nest Aware gives you access to more video history, smart alerts and other smart features.
3. Variety of Nest security system options
Google gives you the option of having a battery-powered or wired Nest doorbell (formerly known as Nest Hello). Google’s camera family includes the battery-powered Nest Cam, wired Nest Cam, and wired Nest Cam with spotlights. It’s entirely up to you, but it’s always good to have choices.
So how easy is it to install each of these options? Fortunately, they are all very simple.
How to Install a Google Nest Doorbell Camera
The battery-powered Nest Doorbell has a built-in rechargeable battery. This doorbell comes complete with a base plate, release tool, wall anchors and screws, charging cable, 20 degree wedge, and starter guide.
To set up the battery-powered Nest Doorbell, you’ll need a Google Account, the Google Home app, a compatible mobile device, and access to high-speed Wi-Fi.
Setup begins in the Google Home app, where you’ll add the doorbell using the QR code on the back of the device. The next step is to charge the battery-powered Nest Doorbell with the charging cable in the box. You can now connect the doorbell to your Wi-Fi network, ensuring that the mobile device you intend to use is on the same network.
The physical installation begins with the base plate, which you will install near your front door using the wall screws. Next, you’ll attach your battery-powered Nest Doorbell to the baseplate, making sure the camera is on top and the button is on the bottom.
The wired Nest Doorbell’s setup is a bit different. This unit comes complete with a chime connector, 15 degree wedge, base, extension wires, unlocking tool, wall anchors and screws, masonry drill bit, and getting started guide.
To set up the wired Nest Doorbell, you need a compatible mobile device, the free Nest app, and a Wi-Fi network with a high-speed internet connection. Since the hardwired Nest Doorbell requires interaction with electrical wires, it’s recommended that you hire a professional installer using Google’s online pro-finder to check your wiring and setup.
There’s a 22% price difference between Nest Doorbell devices, and that may be because the wired Nest doorbells come with a chime and the battery-powered one doesn’t. So, to get a chime for the battery-powered Nest Doorbell, you’ll need to purchase it separately, which should even out the price.
4. Nest Plans
Every homeowner has a different set of security needs, which means a combination of different security products is needed. Google lets you link different Nest home security products to unlock unique features. For example, if you want to see and communicate with your visitors through the Nest doorbell, you can simply pair that device with the Nest Hub display security product.
Google has also created custom packages to meet your security needs. If you are looking for a complete system, you can try Google’s Total Security Package. This includes a Nest Hub Max, a battery-powered Nest Doorbell, and two battery-powered Nest Cams.
If you buy each product in Google’s Total Security Package separately, you’ll pay $80 more than you’ll get for the package.
5. Complete Security
It’s obvious, but the main attribute that every home security product or system should provide is security. And Google does.
Google’s home security system delivers high quality video in any light, and they even have the wired Nest Cam with floodlights for any area that gets a little too dark at night. Google’s Nest Aware subscription gives you access to 10 days of 24/7 video history. So in the unfortunate event that something happens, you can go back and see it.
Opting for a Nest Aware subscription with your Google home security system will give you access to a sound detection feature, which will alert you when your smoke alarm goes off, whether you’re at home or not.
With this subscription, you can also dial 911 from your Google Home app, and the app will contact the call center closest to your home.
However, this option has some weaknesses: it is not available in all regions and may be unreliable as it relies on unpredictable internet connectivity.
Google Home security system requires a good internet connection
A common requirement in setting up any Google home security product is a stable internet connection. You can’t install Google’s Nest Doorbell or any Nest Cam without internet access.
To download your security camera’s video feed, you’ll also need a stable connection, but not all security products have a bad internet connection.
The internet is an essential part of a smart home. But let’s look at what happens to devices without a wireless connection.
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