FAQ About Nest & Ring Security Systems


What are the differences between owning a Ring versus a Nest?


In terms of home security both Ring and Nest are some of the more popular options consumers tend to choose. When it comes to the differences between the two, there are some features you may want to consider before making a purchase. The Ring device and subscription are a bit more economical, while still offering 180 degrees of motion. When it comes to quality of image however this is where the Nest truly outshines the ring. The Nest also offers professional installation and has a bit more features such as package detection. The Nest also connects to google ecosystems as well as third-party devices much better than the Ring.


Is there a monthly fee for Ring?


Ring Protect Basic costs $3.99/month or $39.99/year. Ring Protect Plus includes video recording for all doorbells and security cameras in your home. You also get an extended warranty plus 10% off select Ring products on Ring.com and Amazon.com. Terms and conditions apply.

Does the Ring Doorbell work with Google nest?


While a connection between the Ring doorbell and the Google ecosystem can be made, its performance is limited. To connect your Ring with Googles products you will need to connect it via the Google Home App, Nest App, and Ring doorbell App.

Does Ring Chime work with Nest?


Ring products will operate with Google’s products, however, full integration is not possible. The devices will connect and some features will operate. But some of the more advanced and key features will lack or not be available at all. This may change with future iterations but for the moment this will be the reason why we would recommend sticking within the products ecosystem.

Is a Nest Doorbell worth it?


The Google Nest Hello is about as good as a doorbell camera gets. It has impressive features, smart alerts, and excellent video quality. Plus, it integrates with all of your other Google devices. While it may not be the most economical model the value you receive is well worth the price point.


Is there a monthly fee for a Nest Doorbell?


With the Nest Aware plan, which costs $6 per month, this video doorbell will store motion-triggered event videos for 30 days. All of which can be accessed and viewed from multiple devices.

Can someone steal my Nest Doorbell footage?


Your camera or doorbell footage is stored securely in the cloud. There’s nothing a thief can do about it without your password. Even if a thief steals your doorbell, they won’t be able to view or tamper with your footage.


What can a Nest Doorbell do?


With Nest Doorbell, you can see free snapshots of the past three hours. And with the new Nest Aware, you’ll see even more. Choose event-based recording or continuous video recording. And get even more intelligent alerts based on your needs.


Can Nest Hello get wet?

Water Resistance.


Your Nest Doorbell is weather resistant in accordance with its IP54 rating, but it is not waterproof. This means as long as the device does not get completely submerged in liquid it will not be damaged.

How long does Nest Doorbell last?

about 2.5 months


According to Google, the Nest Doorbell battery will last 2.5 months on a single charge. This is depending on usage,  but on average it is what has been seen in reference to battery performance. In its estimates, google states the battery could last as long as 6 months.

How long does Nest record for free?

3 hours


With newer models like the Nest Cam (battery) or Nest Doorbell (battery), you can get up to 3 hours of event video history without a subscription. But for most older Nest camera and doorbell models, you need a Nest Aware subscription to get event video history or 24/7 video history.

Does the Nest camera record all the time?


When the Nest Cam (wired) or Nest Cam (battery) is connected to a continuous power source and has a 24/7 Video History subscription, it will record continuously for about 8 minutes before switching to event recording. For security reasons, your camera’s internal memory is not accessible.

Do Nest cameras work without a subscription?


If you choose not to subscribe to Nest Aware, you can still view your live video stream at any time through the app. In the past, Nest did not offer users access to any recorded video without a subscription. However, you can now view up to three hours of recorded footage, even without Nest Aware.

Does Nest have a battery camera?


Nest Cam is battery-powered and weather-resistant and you can recharge it anytime. Compatible with most homes. Nest Cam is designed to go anywhere. Plus, you can put it on an optional stand (sold separately) for effortless indoor placement.

Does Nest Doorbell have night vision?


Google Nest cameras’ night vision uses high-power infrared (IR) LEDs to illuminate the scene when it’s dark. When night vision is set to Auto, Nest cameras will wait to switch between normal and night modes only when the light gradually changes. For instance, at dusk or dawn, when the lighting is marginal.


Does Nest Doorbell work in cold weather?

Nest Doorbell (battery) 


At temperatures between -4°F (-20°C) and 32°F (0°C), the doorbell can continue to work. As long as there is a charge in the battery or a power source attached the Nest will continue to operate. 


How often do you charge Nest Doorbell?

Once every 6 months.


According to Google, this is the estimated time when your Nest’s battery should be recharged. However, depending on how active the area your Nest Doorbell is located, it can very much affect the battery life of the device. This may require you to charge your device’s battery more frequently.

Is Nest Aware subscription worth it?


A Nest Aware subscription is worth it if you have several smart devices in your home. Plus, if you have a subscription to an older plan, it might be worth it to invest in the new plan to get the most out of your devices.

Does Nest work with Alexa?


With the Google Nest, you will be able to use Amazon Alexa example of features that will be available: Tell Alexa to change the temperature of your home. Show your Nest camera’s live view on Alexa devices with a display. As well as get notified when someone rings the doorbell.

How far can the Nest camera detect motion?

10 feet


Nest Detect can sense motion from people walking up to 10 feet (3 m) away.


Does Nest Doorbell work without Wifi?


Nest Hello is hardwired to a home’s existing doorbell chime, so when someone presses the doorbell, it will ring in the home. The doorbell chime is the only Nest Hello function that works without Wi-Fi. Without Wi-Fi, you will not be able to access your doorbell through the Nest app or any voice assistants

Do I need a chime for the Nest Doorbell? 


Nest Hello can be installed without a chime by using an indoor power adapter, also known as a plug-in transformer. You can use a plug-in chime or set up your visitor notifications to be announced by Google Assistant using the Google Home app

What happens if I unplug my Nest camera?


When your Nest camera is turned off with the Home or Nest app, it won’t detect sound or motion, stream live video, or record and save activity. In addition, your camera will stay powered and connected to Wi-Fi when it’s switched off. That way, you can turn it back on and control it remotely in the app


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