With Google’s Nest Secure shutting down, here are some alternative security systems to consider

As we’ve warned you, on April eighth, Google is popping off assist for its once-excellent Google Nest Safe residence safety system. Because of this, as of at this time, your Nest Safe will not hook up with the web, and also you gained’t have the ability to management it from the Nest app or obtain notifications from the alarm system. It’s mainly a paperweight (albeit one that may be recycled).

Google introduced it was discontinuing Nest Safe in 2020, so that you’ve had loads of time to buy an alternate. However should you’ve been laying aside the enormous ache of switching out a house safety system till the final minute, that final minute is right here. 

So, what are your choices? When it introduced it was killing Nest Safe, Google, a considerable investor in ADT, supplied its customers a free ADT Self Setup system (valued as much as $485) or $200 credit score within the Google Retailer. In accordance with ADT, that free system provide is legitimate till Could seventh, 2024, which is lower than a month away.

The ADT Self Setup system was launched in March of 2023 and is ADT’s second DIY safety system (the primary was the shortlived ADT Blue). It has the choice {of professional} monitoring by ADT, or you’ll be able to monitor it your self. It integrates with most Nest {hardware} (together with the Nest battery doorbell, Nest Hub, and Nest Cams) and works with Google House. Nevertheless it’s removed from a straight Nest Safe swap, and its integration with Google House is essentially the identical as different third-party safety methods provide (extra on these in a bit).

ADT’s Wayne Thorsen tells me that the Self Setup system “is scalable and can proceed to obtain new software program updates, enhancements, and advantages from the ADT/Google partnership.” So, we may see higher integration with Google House sooner or later.

Nevertheless, there have been rumors of a brand new ADT Good House Safety system from ADT / Google that includes first-party {hardware} developed with direct enter from Google that features most of the options we liked about Nest Safe.

Whereas there was no official announcement from Google or ADT, it seems a launch is imminent. Final yr, The Verge printed a slew of particulars about ADT Good House Safety that had been hidden on ADT’s web site; earlier this yr, a setup video surfaced, and even now, assist pages for the brand new system are searchable on ADT’s web site.

A screenshot of the assist pages for ADT’s as but unannounced new Good House Safety system.

The query for Nest Safe customers who haven’t already opted for ADT Self Setup is whether or not this new system will launch earlier than the free provide expires on Could seventh, lower than a month away. Contemplating ADT in all probability has a bunch of its Self Setup methods to dump earlier than it launches a brand new one, my guess is ADT Good House Safety gained’t arrive till after these vouchers expire, wherein case you could need to contemplate non-ADT alternate options.

What is an efficient Nest Safe various that works with Google House?

I’ve examined a number of DIY safety methods, and in order for you one you’ll be able to management by Google House and combine along with your Google units, reminiscent of Nest cameras, thermostats, and sensible residence hubs, I like to recommend both Arlo or Abode.

Arlo’s House Safety System ($199.99) might be the closest choice to Nest Safe, providing smooth multifunctional sensors quite than plenty of little white plastic bins. Its door / window sensors double as movement sensors, like Safe’s Nest Detects did. However they don’t have the neat touch-to-disarm characteristic. Nevertheless, in addition they work as leak, temperature, mild, and tilt sensors, and hear for smoke and CO alarms. 

Arlo’s Safety System has the identical simplicity as Nest Safe and works with Google House.
Picture: Arlo

Arlo has introduced it is launching an NFC tag that may disarm the system, just like how Safe’s tags used to work. You’ll be able to management the Arlo safety system by the Google House app, however you’ll be able to’t management Google units by the Arlo app, and options like video verification for skilled monitoring require Arlo’s cameras and don’t work with Nest cams. (The Arlo Safe package deal with skilled monitoring prices $24.99 a month).

Abode is a extra conventional DIY sensible residence safety system with plenty of choices for single-purpose sensors reminiscent of movement, door / window, glass break, and so on. However it might probably combine with Z-Wave and Zigbee sensible residence sensors, lights, and locks alongside dozens of different sensible residence units, making it a sensible choice for a extra sturdy sensible residence setup. Pricing begins at $139.99, and Abode integrates nicely with Google House, permitting you to regulate it from the Google House app.

Google Nest merchandise could be managed from the Abode app, together with dwell feeds from Nest cameras. You may as well arrange automations that do issues like arm the system when your Nest Thermostat switches to Away. Nevertheless, it’s essential to pay for an Abode plan to run these, which begins at $7 a month and goes as much as $23 a month (for the choice with skilled monitoring).

For individuals who are completed with Google totally, I’m a giant fan of Ecobee’s new safety system. It has a lot of the identical simplicity as Nest Safe, with multifunctional door / window sensors that double as occupancy sensors. The system, which begins at $269.99 and consists of an Ecobee thermostat, could be managed from a keypad constructed into the thermostat. It may additionally combine with Ecobee’s indoor digicam and doorbell digicam. It prices simply $10 a month for skilled motoring, which is an excellent worth. However there’s no Google House assist.

Whereas there nonetheless isn’t a direct swap for Google’s Nest Safe system on the market, there are some good choices for a easy, easy-to-use various that works with Google House. And whereas no matter Google and ADT are engaged on would possibly be a worthy successor to Safe, plainly gained’t be right here in time to assist these Nest Safe customers whose ADT provide expires subsequent month.


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