Nest originally started with just a smart thermostat, but the company has grown quite a bit over the years. And now, they have their own security system called the Nest Secure. Here’s how to install it and set it up.
In the box, the Nest Secure comes with two keychain tags (to easily arm and disarm your system without entering in a passcode), two sensors (which can act as a motion sensor and an open/close sensor for doors and windows), and the main unit that acts as the keypad, alarm, and another motion sensor.
Plus, you can integrate your other Nest products (like a Nest Cam)—as well as a handful of other smarthome gear—into the Nest Secure system for an even more robust setup. For now, though, we’re just going to show you how to install and set up the Nest Secure to get it up and running.
If you already own a Nest product, you probably already have the Nest app installed on your phone, but if this is your first Nest product ever, you’ll need to download the app (available for iOS and Android devices) and tap on “Sign Up” to create a Nest account.
Continue through that process until you get to the main home screen of the app. You’re now ready to set up the security system.
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Setting Up the Nest Guard
The Nest Guard is the main unit in the system, and you’ll be setting that up first. Tap on the big “+” button to get started.
The app allows you to scan a QR code on the back of the device you’re setting up, so allow it to access your camera and use it to scan the code.
This will automatically detect what product you’re setting up. In this case, it’s the Nest Guard. On the next screen, the app will discuss what the device does. Hit “Next” at the bottom to continue.
Plug in the Nest Guard using the included cable and power adapter. Then hit “Next” in the app.
The device will eventually emit a chime noise and a voice will guide you through the connection process. You’ll then connect the device to your Wi-Fi network, so select your network from the list.
Enter in the password for your Wi-Fi network and hit “Next”.
Give a few moments to connect to your Wi-Fi. Once that’s complete, tap “Next” at the bottom.
Try out the Next Guard’s built-in motion sensor by walking in front of it. It will light up whenever it detects motion. In the app, you can turn on “Reduced Sensitivity” if you have small pets that would likely set it off otherwise. Hit “Next” to continue.
On the next screen, select where you’ll be placing the Nest Guard in your home.
Now it’s time to set up passcodes, which are used to arm and disarm the security system from the keypad, as well as turn the alarm off if it sounds. Hit “Next” in the…
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