Should You Subscribe to the Nest Aware Service?

Nest Aware is the paid cloud service that is offered for use with any Nest Cam home security camera.  For those that have already purchased their camera, this is the question that you will need to answer after your free 30-day trial is over.  All purchasers of a new Nest Cam get a free trial.  So you are now asking the question of should I subscribe to the Nest Aware Cloud Service? We’re going to cover what you get with the Nest Aware service, the cost and evaluate the overall value as well as alternatives. With a few minor exceptions, Nest … Read more

Using a Home Security Camera to See if a Package Was Really Delivered

Ever have the post office, UPS or FedEx tell you a package was delivered but it’s magically disappeared?  Almost everyone has.  Sometimes, it’s a delivery error, but sometimes it’s not.  Wish you had a way to see if a package was really delivered (or even worse, if it’s been stolen)?  There are several methods to do this using home security cameras. There are also obvious security benefits of watching the action in front of the door.  A bad guy sometimes rings the doorbell checking if someone is home.  Any of these solutions, if positioned properly will capture video of a … Read more

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 Remotely Reboot a Modem or Router When You’re Away

It happens to everyone.  You’re on vacation or simply not at home for an extended period and all of a sudden, your home security cameras aren’t accessible.  Turns out your modem or router needs to be restarted.  Problem is, you aren’t there, and won’t be for days or months.  So, that’s our topic for today.  How to remotely reboot a modem or router. The Scenario You’re a thousand miles away from home an want to check the action on your security cameras.  Open the Nest app, or the Arlo app.  It says camera is unavailable.  Well, if you followed some … 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