This post is sponsored by Nest Hello.
I live in a house built in 1908.
People that stopped by to visit pulled up to the front walk, hitched their horse to the hitching post (that’s still there), walked up the front sidewalk and knocked on the door.
Or maybe they just hollered from the yard.
A few decades later someone installed a doorbell that rang when you pressed the button.
I’m pretty sure in all those decades with all those horse hitchers and doorbell ringers, no one ever imagined what might come next.
Welcome to 2018.
I cannot even tell you how excited I am to be writing this post.
This beautiful Nest Hello with its camera and it’s blinking blue light and its ability to make me feel like I’ve got my front door under control is absolutely, positively amazing.
It’s a game changer.
I’ve been using it now for about three weeks and I never want another doorbell than this one. You may have read about it and wondered if it worked and how it worked—so I wanted to walk you through how I use it and answer a few questions that I had myself before we installed one.
It arrived at the house in a small box. On the Nest website, there are step-by-step instructions on how to install the doorbell and the app that you download to work with the doorbell also has set up instructions as well. It’s important to note that you need to have wired doorbell chimes ALREADY installed for the Nest Hello to connect to.
We had a technician come out to the house and install because I am NOT technical at all, but the steps looked pretty easy to follow.
After you install the doorbell (or have it installed) you’ll download an app to your phone that connects to the doorbell. The app is SUPER self-explanatory and walks you through the entire set up process. It asks you for the code on the back of your Nest doorbell and once you type that in, it will ask to connect to your wi-fi in your home.
Once you are connected, a screen like this appears on the app.
This is the view from the Nest Hello on our front porch.
Now you’re ready to use the Nest Hello.
Anytime someone walks up to your door or rings the doorbell you get an alert on your phone like this.
If you click on it, it takes you to the Nest app and you can see who is at your door.
For example, I was in Target the other day and this alert showed up and I could see that someone had dropped off a package on my front porch.
When you click on the app, a screen like this appears.
You can see who is at the door (especially if they are a super cute twin with the smiliest grin ever).
You can press the talk button on the bottom to talk directly to them.
I KNOW, RIGHT?
See what I mean? Game changer. No more missed visitors. No more wondering if a package arrived. No more running to see who is at the door if you don’t want to answer.
It’s all on your phone.
Here are a few of the questions I asked before we got one—things I was wondering about.
Q: Is it free to watch the video stream on your phone?
A: Yes. There’s an initial charge to purchase the Nest, but after installation, you can watch the live video stream for free with the app. You also have a record for three hours of who the camera detected and who was on your porch. There’s another level of Nest that does have a small fee if you want to extend the hours or get some other additional features.
Q: What happens if my Nest camera is in a place where it can’t see visitors?
A: The camera has a full 160-degree angle (you can see how wide it is in my screenshot above of my front porch).
Q: How do I speak with guests?
A: You can press the button on your phone and speak directly through the Nest. There are also pre-recorded responses that are available that you can use instead.
Q: Does the Nest camera need batteries?
A: It’s a wired doorbell. It wires directly into your existing doorbell chimes.
Q: Do I get a notification if someone doesn’t ring the bell?
A: Yes. You will get an alert to your phone if the camera detects movement.
Q: How do I find out more about the Nest Hello and purchase one?
A: Just click here.
I cannot even tell you how much I love my new Nest Hello.
The front porch is happy.
The front door is happy.
The house is happy.
And the doorbell?
It’s so glad it’s 2018. 🙂
disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nest.
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