Manufacturer: Nest Part number: S1001LW
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CNET editors' review
price range: $129.99
- Reviewed by: Lindsey Turrentine
- Reviewed on: 11/19/2013
The good: With boutique design, remote monitoring via mobile device, and the ability to wave off false alarms with your hand, the Nest Protect is the smoke/CO detector we never knew we wanted.
The bad: $129 is a lot to ask for a smoke/CO detector, even a connected one.
The bottom line: Nest brings crisp design and smart features -- connected and otherwise -- to the humble smoke detector. You don't absolutely need the Nest Protect, but it's fine to admit you want one.
Nest Protect is a smoke & CO detector.
by oky345 on December 8, 2013
Pros: THe idea its cool
Cons: Not ready for launch
Summary: • Around October, 2013 I ordered 2 Nest Protect which I received on December 4, 2013. On December 7, I decided to install it and everything went well and ...
Summary: • Around October, 2013 I ordered 2 Nest Protect which I received on December 4, 2013. On December 7, I decided to install it and everything went well and fun with the First Nest Protect. Now, the Second Nest Protect did not want to work properly as the first one did. I tried to do the trouble shooting my-self using the Nest support web page but their troubleshooting suggestion did not solve my problems. Also, I tried to call Nest Support but they put you on hold for about 30mins, but 30 min passed and no human being answer the phone. (If you had this problem you know what I mean when I say human being).
At this point I give the Nest Protect a passing grade of 50%.
• Second, Nest doesn't seem to be proactive in the development of a Windows Phone App. So this Holiday I bought a Nokia 1520 (windows phone) which in my opinion it's an excellent phone, but doesn't work with Nest products. Well in this case that's my fault for not doing a better research. Had I known this before I would not have purchased this product.
At this point I give the Nest Protect a passing grade of 40%.
• Guess what!!! And everyone knows this. It's very common in USA. MADE IN CHINA!!! Lord I'm just waiting the day that china it's going to take over of our Nation. But that just come to one word "GREED". Nest could be creating more jobs in USA by manufacturing their products inland.
At this point I give the Nest Protect a passing grade of 35%.
• From the Nest User Guide Page 18
"Protect has a limited life like any smoke/CO alarm. Nest Protect lifetime is 7 years. You will need to replace Nest Protect after 7 years with a brand new Nest Protect. Check the date of replacement written on the back of Nest Protect."
You'll no longer be protected from smoke or CO if you don't replace your Nest Protect.
About two weeks before it expires, Nest Protect will light up with a yellow light. Wave at Nest Protect and it will say, "Nest Protect has expired. Replace it now." Buy a new alarm and recycle the expired one. Make sure you test your new Nest Protect once it's installed."
I don't know what this entails, but it seems to me that your Nest Protect will not be working after the 7 years period. (This could be by NFPA 72 requirements.) Yes, you will have to buy again the 130 dollar smoke detector. If you bought 7 smoke detector it will be 910 dollars per seven years. Not bad for people with money but simply it's not for me. Now NestLab have not specified what "recycle the expire one" means. I'm going to think that if you send the expire one to them they will send you a new one with the cost of 30 dollars + free shipping. Sounds very unlikely, but that's the way Iike to think to keep me calm down.
At this point I give the Nest Protect a passing grade of 25%.
• In my opinion the last and most critical issue that I found from this product is that make your Home more vulnerable. Yes, More vulnerable. They have decided to get rid of the common cable (red cable). This red cable (Also called Interconnect cable in the thermostat manual) allows the smoke detector to talk to each other e.g. in the event of a Fire, all of them will pick up at the same time alerting you. Now let's says that you have a 3 stories home and you have decided to buy Nest protect only for the third floor (Bedrooms) and keep the current one in the main level and the basement. In the event of a fire in the basement, yes your current old fashion smoke detector will pick up, but your Nest Protect won't alert you in the third floor. This in my opinion could be a dead life thread and should not pass fire regulations because it creates an isolation zone in your home. Therefore, to have full protection with the Nest Protect you will have to replace each single smoke detector on your home. Nest Lab should not sell the nest protect if you are not replacing ALL your current smoke detectors.
At this point I give the Nest Protect a passing grade of 0%.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Smooth install. Works perfectly!
by SE-Master on January 16, 2014
Easy to setup
Seamless "away" integration with Nest Thermostat
Cons: None thus far
Summary: Very simple to install with easy to follow instructions. I would have liked to be able to connect to a WiFi network that is not broadcasting an SSID, but that'...
Summary: Very simple to install with easy to follow instructions. I would have liked to be able to connect to a WiFi network that is not broadcasting an SSID, but that's a minor issue.
Installation took about 5 minutes and was very easy using the QR code. We already have a Nest Thermostat, so I didn't need to go through the account setup process.
Replacing our old smoke alarm was equally painless, with Nest providing everything put a screwdriver.
Everything is working flawlessly! After dropping $249 on the first generation Thermostat and *loving* it, another $129 on a smoke alarm didn't require much thought.
Not ready for Prime Time, maybe Gen 2 will get right.
by hoodinki on December 8, 2013
Pros: Nice clear friendly woman's voice speaks to you.
Seems substantial and well built.
Cons: WiFi nuts to setup. Navigation very poor, can't go back.
Doesn't remember passwords, you must enter every time.
Only one WiFi, not smart enough to work with two.
False "battery needs changing" message announcements.
Summary: Got my Nest Protect (battery model) today and after a couple of frustrating hours got it working and mounted. The WiFi was real difficult, it just would not connect with ...
Summary: Got my Nest Protect (battery model) today and after a couple of frustrating hours got it working and mounted. The WiFi was real difficult, it just would not connect with any of my routers. And you cannot use a laptop, you must use a smartphone or tablet with the NEST app. I finally tried my Nexus 7 tablet and did a long, long "reset" with the big button until it says "version". (The reset switch on the back doesn't seem to do anything.) Waving will not hush true alarms, only "false" ones.
Holding/tapping big button does different things. You get to stumble around to discover them.