Nest Cam Troubleshooting Guide

After working with Nest Camera products for many years, we have run into a lot of issues and figured it would be worthwhile to document how we fixed it.  The process for fixing issues is the same for DropCam Pro and the original DropCam so if you have the predecessor to the Nest Cam, refer to this Nest Cam Troubleshooting tutorial. Nest Cam Offline This is likely the most common issue with a Nest Cam.  A message in the Nest app is the way you will know the camera is offline.  It means the app cannot communicate with the camera.  … Read more

How to Hide Home Security Camera Cables

Most home and office security cameras come with extra long power cables.  Sure, you can avoid the cable altogether with a camera such as the Arlo Pro, but more often than not, owners of security cameras have a power cable attached.  To make it worse, they are really long and (usually) really white.  Not a good match for the house decor. The included photo has two Wyze Cam cables going to different cameras.  Big long winding cables.  Today’s article will discuss ways to manage these long cables.  We’ll look at ways to hide the cable, and how to make it … Read more

How to Add Google Assistant to Nest Cam IQ

Google finally added Google Assistant to Nest Cam IQ.  Not sure why they haven’t done this before nor why they just chose this model.  Ideally, it would have been great if they added it to the more mainstream Nest Cam Indoor.  Nest has stated they will not add Google Assistant to their outdoor cameras for privacy reasons.  So for now, those fortunate enough to have the Nest Cam IQ can benefit from the integration of Nest Cam IQ. Why Add Google Assistant to Nest Cam IQ? Google Assistant is similar to other personal assistants like Siri or Alexa.  You can ask Google … Read more

How and Why to Integrate Nest with Skybell

It’s always nice to see two competitors collaborate to improve their mutual customer’s experience.  That’s exactly what Nest and SkyBell have done.  Today, we’ll discuss how and why to integrate Nest with SkyBell. Some Background Are these two companies really competitors?  Kind of.  SkyBell makes a few different video doorbells.  Nest makes everything except a video doorbell.  At least that was the case until they recently announced the Nest Hello Video Doorbell which is due to be released sometime in 2018.  It’s unclear what capabilities they will have nor how much it will cost.  Until then, integration of Nest with … Read more

How to Make a Nest Cam Public

Most Nest Cam owners use their home security camera in private mode for personal viewing.  However, some like to have their Nest Cam for all to see.  So today, we discuss how to make a Nest Cam public.  In other words, anybody can see it. Making a Nest Cam public isn’t difficult to do.  However, be aware that public means public.  Anybody and anytime will be able to see the action.  We have seen some interesting public cameras and are a bit stumped on the logic of the owners for making their Nest Cam public.  More than one person has … Read more

How to Watch Nest Cam on a TV Screen

Always looking to do new stuff with a Nest Cam, I thought it would be fun to watch a Nest Cam on a TV screen.  Thinking about it, it’s not such a strange idea.  Watching video streams on a smartphone, especially for extended periods of time can get cumbersome. Watching a Nest Cam on a TV also begins to approach the functionality found on dedicated security cameras.  You can technically keep it going all day.  Just be mindful of bandwidth consumption.  Reading more and more lately about ISP bandwidth restrictions so don’t exceed the cap if you have one. So … Read more