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Nest Protect Review and Giveaway

James Bruce 28-03-2014

Nest Protect is the most feature-packed smoke and carbon monoxide alarm available today, but it comes at a premium price. Is it worth it? How good can a smoke alarm be? I’ve been finding out.


Nest Labs – co-founded by former Apple engineers – made a name for themselves in 2011 with the Learning Thermostat, an intelligent heating control device that learnt about the habits of its users to conserve and optimize energy usage. The Protect, $130, is the second product to be released – a WiFi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide alarm that aims to take the frustration out of protecting your home. There are two versions and two colours to choose from: long-life battery, or wired version; black or white. We have a battery-powered white model to give away at the end of this review.

Note: Since this review was published, sales of the Nest Protect have been halted due to a possible situation where a real alarm could be unintentionally silenced by the Nest Wave feature. The wave-to-disable functionality has been disabled in all existing units by a wifi update, including the unit we send to the winner. 

The Nest Protect doesn’t just act as a speaking smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; it also features a motion-activated night light, gesture alarm deactivation, and will send notifications to your phone remotely so you needn’t be home to be aware of problem. The closest competitor is the Kidde vocal smoke and CO alarm for $30 – two of which I already have fitted in my home, though the only feature they have in common is a spoken alarm in addition to the standard siren.

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First Impressions

The Nest Protect is packaged nicely, in a recycled cardboard box just like the Fairphone Fairphone Review and Giveaway The Fairphone was quietly put on pre-order last year for an initial European-only run of 25,000 units. Read More , which gives it an immediate human feel: this isn’t just an overpriced smoke alarm – it’s a home product that will protect your family and give peace of mind.


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Under the card insert, the Nest Protect is shielded by a solid plastic shell. Sitting under that is the mounting plate and four rather good looking screws: these aren’t your common old Home Depot screws.

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The main alarm comes fitted with 6 long-life AA batteries, supposedly enough for around 5 years. Don’t worry though, the Nest Protect will glow yellow to indicate if they’re running low.


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Fitting and Setup

Unlike some smoke alarms, it’s immediately obvious to see how the main unit clips on and twists to secure itself to the mounting plate. In the past, I’ll pulled down entire chunks of ceiling – no kidding – because the attaching clips were frustratingly difficult to eject; the Protect presented no issues.

nest - on ceiling

Setting up Nest Protect was trivial. After downloading the mobile app for Android [No longer available] or iOS, you scan the QR code on the back of the device. You then need to connect to the local WiFi network being broadcast by the Protect, at which point you configure the device to connect to your own Wifi from within the app. At no point was a I left wondering what to do next.


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Living With The Nest Protect

Let’s not beat around the bush here: it’s a smoke and carbon dioxide alarm. It would be terrible if it failed at this, and it doesn’t. If your Android tablet runs a bit slow, you’re not going to die; if your smoke alarm fails, you might.

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On a level above this, it’s about how the alarm warns of you of impending doom, and how easy it is to maintain. A lot of people end up taking the batteries out of their smoke alarms as they’re difficult to deactivate when you fry the bacon a little too much – in which case, the very core function of the alarm fails miserably and is no longer protecting you. Nest Protect tackles this by offering the most natural gesture possible to temporarily turn off the alarm: waving your hands around. You can also just press the button to silence it, but where’s the fun in that?


In fact, you might not even get to that point thanks to the early warning system – “Heads Up”. When rising, but not dangerous, levels of CO or smoke are detected, the alarm will glow yellow, accompanied by natural voice gently alerting you that something might be wrong imminently.


Each Protect is assigned a location from a set list of around 10 generic names, like “upstairs hallway” or “lounge” – if you have more than one Nest Protect fitted in your home all, the alarms will sound, indicating where you should avoid as you escape.

With its WiFi connectivity, you’ll receive push notifications on your phone for any events, and are given the option to immediately call 911 for emergencies (not localised for the UK, sadly). These alerts could be immeasurably valuable if you were away from home – even shaving minutes off the response time of a fire rescue crew can make all the difference.


Should you buy the Nest Protect?

Living with the Nest Protect, I’ve found it’s the comforting re-assurance that the device offers which is the really unique selling point. Other alarms get put on the ceiling and forgotten about, until you either pull them down that one time and forget to put them back up again, or your sleep is interrupted with an occasional high pitched beep for a few weeks, before you realise that it’s your low battery warning. The Protect is nothing like that. When you turn out the lights every single night, the Nest Protect performs a self-check and glows green to indicate all is goos. It sounds stupid, but it’s so comforting to know the device is there, working, protecting our home. You can’t put a price on that level of reassurance – not with a family around.

The night light feature is a bonus – again, nothing ground breaking – but with movement detection and integrated RGB LED light, it seems only natural they would include night light features too. It’s a dim white light that activates on movement – that’s all. The actual usefulness is diminished given that it’s only going to light up one small area of your hallway – so you’d still have to navigate the tortuously gadget-littered bedroom floor (or maybe that’s that just me?). But again, it just feels good. The Nest Protect knows it’s dark and offers what it can to prevent you from falling over. It’s almost… cute, like a little robot that looks out for me. That’s right – I’ve actually anthropomorphised my smoke detector.

I don’t have a Nest thermostat to control my heating, so I can’t compare the experience, but I get the impression this is the aim of the Nest brand – to really make everyday functions into something pleasurable; something more human than just a dial, or a switch. And, having now been purchased by Google, I’m ready to accept the overlords into my house.

MakeUseOf recommends: Buy it, both for peace of mind and a glimpse at the future of all home devices.

How do I win the Nest Protect?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, April 11. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

The Winner

Congratulations, Valentina Leonova! You would have received an email from Please respond before May 22 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Stephan H
    April 12, 2014 at 8:18 am


  2. Morrison
    April 12, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Think my wife is a pretty smart gadget ;)

  3. Casey W
    April 12, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Aside from the various smartphones... I do not have any "smart" devices in my home... would be interesting to have some intelligent interactions in the house!

  4. gayle b.
    April 12, 2014 at 1:32 am

    No, nothing smart... and yet I was thinking we were, hmmm.

  5. Karla Sceviour
    April 12, 2014 at 1:03 am

    we have a couple smartphones in our house

  6. Sandra S
    April 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Just some cellphones and tablets

  7. Debbie
    April 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    No, I don't have any smart gadgets in my home,but I would love to have one.

  8. Lori B
    April 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Only have our cell phones but would love more to explore

  9. Anna Marie Marigomen
    April 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    No, I don't have. Hopefully this one.

  10. Meredith Jones
    April 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    We have a fancy tea maker. It's magic!

  11. Shawn H
    April 11, 2014 at 5:24 am

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Gear watch

  12. Ariel Chiu
    April 11, 2014 at 5:20 am

    nope but maybe soon!

  13. Casey Miller
    April 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    No smart gadgets or smart phones yet.

  14. Doug
    April 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Many smart gadgets, Phones, tablets, TV's etc...

  15. Nancy M
    April 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

    No, I don't even have a smart phone yet. Coming soon.

  16. Debbie V.
    April 10, 2014 at 6:44 am

    No. I live in a dumb home.

  17. Phillip
    April 10, 2014 at 5:18 am

    No but I really want the the Nest thermostat.

  18. Allan Harmsworth
    April 10, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Just my computers!

  19. Tracey W
    April 10, 2014 at 2:12 am

    We don't have any smart gadgets - but hope to soon.

  20. Gigi
    April 10, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Smart phones but we are looking into additional home automation using NEST, simple programming and automated outlets.

  21. Catherine R
    April 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    No I don't have any Smart Gadgets.

  22. Marlene V. (Enelram)
    April 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Nothing smart in my house!

  23. Donna L
    April 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I have a smart phone.

  24. Tom Schoeck.
    April 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Not sure if our two Android tablets would qualify, but our washer/dryer rig sure would, as they communicate with each other, via USB cable. More a situation where the washer tells the dryer how much weight and moisture to set itself for.

  25. Tom S
    April 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Not sure if our two Android tablets would qualify, but our washer/dryer rig sure would, as they communicate with each other, via USB cable. More asutuation where the washer tells the dryer how much weight and mositure to set itself for.

  26. Tom S
    April 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Not sure if our two Android tablets would qualify, but our washer/dryer rig sure would, as they communicate with each other, via USB cable. More asutuation where the washer tells the dryer how much weight and mositure to set itself for.

  27. Cheryl Germain
    April 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm


  28. Jaime B
    April 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I have a tablet, but this would give me such a safe feeling to know if there's danger.

  29. Kristy M.
    April 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I do not have any smart gadgets.

  30. Ron A
    April 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Smart gadgets? Yes, we have 2 7" tablets. At least 2 smartphones.

  31. Dmitriy S
    April 9, 2014 at 11:03 am


  32. Jara Christensen
    April 9, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I have a Nest Thermostat and I LOVE it!

  33. Brandon
    April 9, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Just my phones and tablets....for now!

  34. Curtis L
    April 9, 2014 at 3:22 am

    wireless ip cam

  35. Adz
    April 8, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Hmmm wouldn't say any of it is smart,, but the TV has many many (useless) features that are said to make it smart.

  36. Endracion
    April 8, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I don't, but I would find it really interesting, especially for the lights!

  37. Hani
    April 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Actually, I don't have but I hope I would get it from this site

  38. matt
    April 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I do not have any smart gadgets.

  39. Steve G
    April 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I don't currently have any smart gadgets but I would love to start with a Nest Protect.

  40. Em Robin
    April 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    phones and TV

  41. Damien C
    April 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Smart phone

  42. Laraib
    April 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    nt yet...its so much unafordable
    i cnt afford
    plzzz gve it to me

  43. Richard Bonifacio
    April 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I have a security camera by Logitech.

  44. Anthony
    April 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Just a TV and a Phone :)

  45. Gaurav B
    April 6, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Just a tablet as of now...

  46. Anne F
    April 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I have a smart phone, but that's it!

  47. Jamie
    April 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I am considering buying this right now. I am a bit reluctant because all the data goes to Google. They're not evil, though, right?

  48. Michael B
    April 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    A few things here and there, but am really looking to build it out!

  49. Dorothy H
    April 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    We have a smart tv in the home.

  50. Mary
    April 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    The only smart thing in my house is my smart phone, but I'm hoping to change that.

  51. paulie
    April 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    not yet, but i want so many

  52. thiagu
    April 4, 2014 at 6:46 am

    so far only mobiles and laptops

  53. Aaron
    April 4, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Not yet... hint hint.

  54. Benjamin K
    April 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I do not have any. I would like to but not until they are lowered in price to a more reasonable level. I will not be paying $130 for a smoke alarm or $250 for a thermostat.

  55. Jo-anne P
    April 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    no, seriously need this thanks for the info and the post

  56. D-J Russell
    April 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Phones, tablets, TV, Blu-ray player they're all smart.

  57. Kyle
    April 3, 2014 at 4:46 am


  58. Sandra Brower
    April 3, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Only a smartphone

  59. Paul
    April 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm


  60. Josh Hudson
    April 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Not like this thing, no...

  61. DJ Harbaugh
    April 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Already have the Nest Thermostat and one Protect, but need two more Protects to fully cover the house.

  62. Shannon F
    April 2, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Nope, we need this!

  63. walrus
    April 2, 2014 at 3:49 am

    >>Living With The Nest Protect

    >>Let’s not beat around the bush here: it’s a smoke and carbon dioxide alarm.

    Should be carbon monoxide.

  64. Joe
    April 2, 2014 at 2:00 am

    No smart devices other than phone and tablet.

  65. Julie L
    April 2, 2014 at 12:56 am

    i have the iRobot Vacuum - does that count?

  66. Sam K
    April 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    no, i don't have any smart gadgets currently.

  67. dragonmouth
    April 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

    The current issue of Consumers Report rates Nest as excellent at detecting CO and smoke. However, CR states that Nest is not too good at detecting ionization, that is hot, fast moving fires. Therefore they recommend a Kidd unit over Nest.

  68. Kevin White
    April 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Zero smart gadgets as of yet.

  69. Brenda Penton
    April 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I have no smart gadgets yet.

  70. Ketha R
    April 1, 2014 at 7:10 am


  71. Radite P
    April 1, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Already, but no one as smart and sophisticated as the Nest Protect.

  72. Alex D
    April 1, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Not yet

  73. Lucian Cornea
    April 1, 2014 at 5:59 am

    I don't have a smart gadget like this

  74. Edmund S
    April 1, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I have a Sony Google TV that makes my TV "smart" :)

  75. Srivatsan V
    April 1, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Besides my Nexus 5, 7 and my Smart TV, I really don't have anything as far as "smart" or "home automation" is concerned.

  76. Trung Nguyen
    April 1, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I have iPhone and iPad.

  77. Mac Christensen
    April 1, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Nothing besides my phone.

  78. Jayendran
    March 31, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    None :-(

  79. Jarrett H
    March 31, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    No smart gadgets yet....

  80. Alessio A
    March 31, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    No smart gadgets at my home.

  81. Les S
    March 31, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    nothing yet

  82. Patrick Armstrong
    March 31, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    TV and phones

  83. Denis K
    March 31, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Yes, my dog :D

  84. BlessedTA
    March 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm


  85. John K
    March 31, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    No smart gadgets at my home.

  86. Isaac C
    March 31, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    No, too expensive but would like to

  87. Paul Y
    March 31, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Computers, tablets and teenagers...

  88. moorandro
    March 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Smartphone only

  89. Tom Gerber
    March 31, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    currently have smart tv, laptops, and smartphones

  90. Travis Faulkner
    March 31, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I've got the Iris alarm system and i like it

  91. Antonio R
    March 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I have no one right now.

  92. Jason N
    March 31, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    4 PCs, 2 laptops, 4 tablets, 2 Android smart phones activated, 1 old android phone acting as a controller for the security cameras, an Ooma home phone system, and a pretty neat coffeepot :)

  93. Damian
    March 31, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    No, but I've been lusting after Nest's products for some time now.

  94. John R
    March 31, 2014 at 3:28 pm


  95. Tom M
    March 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    no smart gadgets

  96. Rory
    March 31, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I do not have any smart appliances yet because they are expensive

  97. Robert S
    March 31, 2014 at 1:26 pm


  98. Mai T
    March 31, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Ipad, Lumia and Jolla :)

  99. Muhammad A
    March 31, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Apart from a smartphone, not really

  100. lisa rumolo
    March 31, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    just my phone.

  101. Kenneth W
    March 31, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I don't have any smart units yet, I need to replace all of my current alarms as that is suggested every ten years. I have yet to see if these have that same limitation as the old normal ones. It just gets expensive when you have 8-9 units to replace and the new ones don't wire in with the notify wire of the old styles so you almost need to do them all at once.

  102. Carol O
    March 31, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I have a Sonos5 which is a cool radio operated from the computer, can listen to radio from all over the world!! I love to listen to radio in Hi-fi , once in a while it does go off air but that does not happen very often!

  103. Jim W
    March 31, 2014 at 2:34 am

    The closest thing to a smart gadget I have are motion activated lights.

  104. Bienvenido C. Masaluñga Jr.
    March 31, 2014 at 1:43 am

    smartphone and tablets, hopefully I can add some in the near future. ?

  105. Eugenie Wu
    March 31, 2014 at 12:30 am

    No, I don't have any smart gadgets.

  106. Francis
    March 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    My only smart home gadget I have right now is just the recently installed Thinkeco Modlet.

  107. Keith W
    March 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    No, no smart gadgets.

  108. Shashank Kadia
    March 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    No, I don't have any smart gadget at home. But I have that pen which gives people a little shock(current) when they open it. ha ha.

    March 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    No smart gadgets in my house.

  110. Frank Walker
    March 30, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    There are about 10 computing devices on my LAN / WLAN. My nexus 7 has to be the smartest. We have a media center and home server, Chromexast, an Android "stick". A few tablets and laptops and 3 desktops. A Nest device would be a wonderful addition to my home!

  111. Rick McClenthen
    March 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I have a WiFi thermostat

  112. Tate S
    March 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm


  113. Gianna Reichert
    March 30, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Unfortunately, my phone is the closest to smart gadget I have at home...

  114. Junil M
    March 30, 2014 at 4:40 am

    got a smartphone and a tablet but not sure if they are that smart. intelligent maybe, but smart? not sure.

  115. Sophia
    March 30, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I definitely have a smart phone and am curious to see how smart devices can continue to make our world a lot easier and safer.

  116. David Manzi
    March 30, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Yes, I try to have as many smart gadgets as possible, but generally the price holds me back. my nexus 7 has become a glorified remote for my media center and home server. A Nest device would be a wonderful addition to my home!

  117. Mark Hansen
    March 30, 2014 at 12:44 am

    No, I have no smart gadgets. And my phone isn't dumb, but it's still got a low IQ :).

  118. Dharmik M
    March 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm


  119. Igor B
    March 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Nope , don't have any, would like one tho :D

  120. Bob Brandt
    March 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    We have 3 smart phones, 2 tablets, and 2 programmable thermostats hooked to wifi.

  121. Donna K
    March 29, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Not yet

  122. Bjørnar B
    March 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    just smart phone and some tablets

  123. Beh H
    March 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Nope :(

  124. Paul W
    March 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    No smart gadgets in my house if you're not counting phones/tablets

  125. Mr Withheld
    March 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    X10 and a nest thermostat

  126. Paul H
    March 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I have a Karotz, but then some of the things it says makes me wonder how smart it actually is...

  127. Cristina Mocanu
    March 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I have a smartphone, a smart tv and a smart vacuum but it's not very bright, always bumping and getting stuck in corners :)

  128. Mark D
    March 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

    No smart "gadgets", no.

  129. Alexandru M.
    March 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Apart from smartphones and a smart TV, no other smart devices in my house. Although a fridge and some heating/cooling devices would be nice to have. :)

  130. Anonymous
    March 29, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I have the Nest Learning Thermostat, would love to pair it with a Nest Protect to improve the Auto-Away functionality.

  131. Denis K
    March 29, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I do not have any, I would like to try that thing

  132. Irving R
    March 29, 2014 at 7:59 am

    NO smart gadget.

  133. Adly A
    March 29, 2014 at 6:43 am


  134. Gerald S
    March 29, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Nope no smart gadget yet.

  135. Gord
    March 29, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Just my smart phone.

  136. Milos D
    March 29, 2014 at 5:10 am

    No I don't.

  137. Vic L
    March 29, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Only my Phone...

  138. Dave W
    March 29, 2014 at 4:15 am

    No but I would love one please, thank you.

  139. kelly rae
    March 29, 2014 at 3:07 am

    We have a Nest. We are in love with it.

  140. Andrew
    March 29, 2014 at 1:52 am

    No, I don't have any smart gadgets at home.

  141. Carol Cain
    March 28, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    No Smart gadgets just the TV. Had been looking at the IRIS system earlier today for purchase.

  142. Misel
    March 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Yes, I do have a Nest thermostat... Protect would be welcoming new member :-)

  143. Will
    March 28, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Just the basic devices, nothing like this nest device.

  144. John C
    March 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Just my smartphone right now.

  145. Julian
    March 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I like dumb devices.

  146. pedro
    March 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    just my cell phone and laptop hoping to win more

  147. Fred G
    March 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Does the pebble and fitbit count as smart gadgets? Have a couple of withings health products as well.

  148. Amanda
    March 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I have a programmable thermostat if that counts?!

  149. jeff hirsch
    March 28, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    just the smart phone

  150. tony Garza
    March 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Linux support?

  151. Dan D
    March 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    None yet. You guys should be my 1st with the Nest.

  152. magykmaster
    March 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I have a Chromecast..... Does that count? ;p

  153. Sean C
    March 28, 2014 at 9:17 pm


  154. Va D
    March 28, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Only my TV. If this came with some sort of offline configuration I can see myself using this over my traditional Smoke alarm. I don't want to completely be reliant on my spotty wifi.

  155. Daniel
    March 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Z-Wave stuff

  156. Larry
    March 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I have nothing as smart as me.

  157. Dennis
    March 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I have one of these and really like it. One thing you didn't mention, I had to change my network settings from Static IP to DHCP since you are unable to set a static IP on this device. I put it at the top of the stairs and the nightlight is just the right brightness to safely descend the stairs without turning on the hall light.

  158. Federico B
    March 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I have no smart gadget at the moment, but this will be a first great addition.

  159. Bob Garrett
    March 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Define "SMART".... Let's see: three desktop PCs, three laptops, a 10-inch Android tablet, two Galaxy S3s, two Kindles, a Raspberry Pi, and an Arduino. Yep NEST would feel right at home

  160. Adam
    March 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Unfortunatly, I have no other smart gadgets (unless you mean phones)

  161. James P
    March 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    No I have been looking at them but haven't purchased one yet.

  162. Paul S
    March 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I used to have a smart home, but now I'm in my folks' place. I hope to automate it soon.

  163. Mihir C
    March 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm


  164. Karla
    March 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    My home alarm system allows me to control my heating systems and lights via an app.

  165. Daniel V
    March 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Actually, I don't have many smart gadgets. Besides a smart phone.

  166. Carsten F
    March 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    No, I don't have any smart gadgets at home.

  167. Bill M
    March 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I have a smartphone and 2 tablets but no home-oriented devices. This would be very useful.

  168. John McNamara
    March 28, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Would love to have one of these in my home!

  169. Ray B
    March 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I have 1 nest Protect and a nest thermostat. Another Nest Protect to protect additional rooms would be great.

  170. Elizabeth K
    March 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I don't have any smart gadgets yet but I would like the Nest Protect

  171. ProfessAndObey
    March 28, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I just have smartphones and a Chromecast.

  172. Lilly
    March 28, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I bought two of these for my new home... an old ranch, which needed a complete overhaul. They are the best! Besides really updating the feel of the house, upping its techs-appeal, it's super comforting. When I test one unit in my hallway, which is just a simple one-press, it communicates with the unit in the basement, and they test at the same time. Both will test first their smoke alarms, and then the carbon monoxide alarms. They wrap up by announcing that "everything is ok" in the "hallway/basement". I love that! Best purchases to protect me, my family and my new home.

  173. Scott M
    March 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I don't have any now, but I think they're a great idea, and I can't wait to win this one! -=grins=-

  174. Tom Ozminkowski
    March 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Nothing yet. This would be a good place to start.

  175. Charlita M
    March 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Not even a smart phone. But hopefully this will be the first of many smart items!

  176. Alfred Chan
    March 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    IP camera :)

  177. Ed
    March 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Nothing beyond smartphones and tablets.

  178. M
    March 28, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    nothing as smart as the nest...

  179. JeffC
    March 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    No smart gadgets in the home yet.

  180. homer
    March 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    We have two iPhones and two iPads.

  181. Gary
    March 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Other than a phone and 3 cats , nope.

  182. Cassie S
    March 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I have a Wemo switch that's probably the smartest thing in my house.

  183. Johnna Rhodus
    March 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    One laptop PC,one Mac Book Pro, one Desktop PC,Two Roku's,an Ipad and a smartphone!

  184. MarkTGT
    March 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I have a smartphone, IP cams, and a Fitbit for gadgets.

  185. Violet Smith
    March 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I have a Smart Phone, 4 laptops, 2 iPads, 1 Surface, so I think one of them has to be a smart gadget

  186. Bill
    March 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Of course

  187. DanQ
    March 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I do not

  188. Laurel N
    March 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    no smart gadgets

  189. DocWolfram
    March 28, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Nope, sorry, no smart gadgets. (But then my fridge won't get p0wned, either.)

  190. Aidan Lancaster
    March 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Currently, I do not have any smart gadgets in my home. Having Nest would be a great addition to my home as I babysit my Deaf niece throughout the week. Having the added security of her being able to see the different glows on the Nest smoke detector(s) would give me piece of mind knowing she'd be safe.

  191. Tony
    March 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Currently have the Nest Thermostat . . .

    March 28, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Does a cat count?

  193. John D
    March 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    still not, in plans

  194. Adrian C
    March 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Most of our gadgets aren't that smart. Having the TV able to control the BlueRay through the HDMI was nice feature in our new Toshiba TV. With the Nest being able to wave to stop the toaster setting off the alarm is a good idea. It would be good to have a hardwired version with a battery backup like our current ones. Our smoke alarms speaks English then French... the "Fire - Fume" you can understand but I have no idea what it's saying in English or French when the battery is low.

  195. Eric
    March 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I don't have any smart gadgets, but I love the idea of a smoke detector that indicates when its battery is running low with something other than the annoying beep that only chirps every few minutes. That alone almost makes the Nest worth it

  196. Anthony R
    March 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm


  197. Nikhil N
    March 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I have 1 computer and 1 smartphone .

  198. JrGorg
    March 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I do not have any "smart" gadgets in my home. I like them, but have trouble affording them.

  199. Giuseppe P
    March 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    No I've not such smart gadgets at home

  200. Rob M
    March 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    2 laptops, 3 desktops, 2 smart phones, 1 Nexus 7 and one Ouya with CM11. I love my tech gadegts.

  201. Ellen O
    March 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Don't have any smart devices but this one sounds worth trying. But if it's hooked up to the internet, can it be hacked? Just a weird thought.

  202. Sérgio M
    March 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I have a few "smart" gadgets, like a Smart TV and smart vacuum cleaner that would love some company :)

  203. Debbie Bashford
    March 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    No I do not own any smart gadgets yet

  204. Kevin
    March 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    have the Nest thermostats, work great

  205. Stephen G.
    March 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I do not have a Nest thermostat. In my house, almost every room is a separate "zone" with its own electric baseboard heaters. So, were the Nest thermostat compatible with line voltage electric baseboard heaters, I'd need nine such thermostats to outfit my house. Those theoretical Nest thermostats probably would save me a little more money than my current, carefully setup up 7-day programmable Aube TH106 thermostats, but I suspect it would take far too long to recoup the investment to be worthwhile.

    For the smoke detectors in my house, I've used the Kidde battery-powered, wireless ones. They pay no attention to carbon monoxide, and only contain ionization sensors for smoke, both of which are disappointing, but they do communicate with one another wirelessly so they all sound if one detects a possible problem. So, replacing the Kidde units with Nest Protects would be a good upgrade, but probably not one into which I'm going to rush.

  206. Antonio N
    March 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    i haven't installed any smart devices yet, but I've looked at a few.

  207. Tom Bennett
    March 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I have Hue installed here!

  208. Tony V
    March 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I just bought a Nest thermostat last year and would love to pair it with one of these Nest Protect devices!

  209. BrianP
    March 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Not yet

  210. Don
    March 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Nope, my house is dumb :)

  211. Sayed I
    March 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    starting to get 'smart' gadgets. mostly DIY

  212. Nicolas D
    March 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    No other smart gadgets at home :(

  213. Miguel
    March 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I have a couple of LIFX lightbulbs and Belkin Memo switches.

  214. dragonmouth
    March 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Since it is WiFi enabled, can it be hacked? I don't know who would want to do that or why, but who knows what's in the mind of a hacker

  215. Nicholas S
    March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I haven't installed any smart gadget yet but I'm surely going to.