As smart homes continue to make their way into both our lives, and consumer tech in general, it is becoming increasingly important for devices to be linked to a centralized control system. The Nest app on your smartphone allows you to set the temperature of each room, equip automatic features with a simple click of your finger, and grant certain permissions respectfully between friends and family members in real-time!
What is the kit?
The Nest Learning Thermostat comes with a 1-year subscription to Nest Aware, which offers access to location data, energy use data, and more. The Nest is compatible with Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home devices. What is the Nest “smart” sensor? The Nest smart sensor is a small, round device that attaches to the outside of your home’s water pipe or gas line. It monitors your home’s temperature and humidity levels and sends this information back to your Nest Learning Thermostat. The smart sensor is also able to send alerts if it detects any changes, like when the temperature gets too high or too low.
Nest hub and wiring
Nest has a neat feature called the Nest hub. The Nest hub is a physical device that sits at the center of your home network, and it helps you keep track of your smart home devices. It’s also handy for doing things like controlling your lights or heating from afar. The Nest hub uses ZigBee, so it works with most smart home devices. But there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re wiring up your Nest hub.
Things to consider before starting the project
1. What is your intended use for the Nest smart sensor? 2. Do you have any existing home automation devices that you would like to integrate with the Nest smart sensor? If so, which ones? 3. Are you familiar with the programming interface of the Nest smart sensor? If not, are there any online resources that can walk you through the process? 4. Are you familiar with internet-of-things (IoT) terminology and concepts? If not, do some research before beginning the project. There are a number of helpful guides and resources available online. 5. Are you comfortable working with electrical wiring? If not, find a qualified contractor or electrician to help you with the installation process. Professional assistance is often required for complex home automation projects like this one. 6. Plan to spend time testing and adjusting the settings on the Nest smart sensor until it meets your needs. It’s important to get it right first time, otherwise you’ll end up frustration and possibly damage to your home equipment.