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You can add extra door, motion, and window sensors to provide coverage for your entire house and build a comprehensive system that includes door locks, garage door openers, indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, lights, sirens, smoke/CO detectors, water sensors, and more. A word about wireless protocols: In a perfect world, all home security components would use the same wireless standard to communicate with the main hub, but factors such as power requirements, signal range, price, and size make it virtually impossible to settle on just one. For example, smaller components such as door/window sensors typically use Z Wave or Zigbee technology because they don't require a lot of power and can be powered by smaller batteries. They also operate in a mesh topology and can help extend the range of networked devices. However, neither protocol provides the bandwidth that you get with Wi Fi, which is why it is usually used in security cameras to provide smooth video streaming, and in other devices that require a fat pipe. Moreover, Z Wave and Zigbee devices are connected and controlled using a hub, while Wi Fi devices can be connected directly to your home network and controlled with an app.
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TSpeaking of options, if you subscribe to Nest Aware, you might want to adjust the video resolution down a little. Nest Aware streams continuous video to Nest's servers, and at the top resolution of 1600 x 1200, you could be facing 150GB to 600GB of uploads per month. Nest is up front about this, and suggests reducing the video quality to medium 1152 x 864 or low 512 x 384, or using the schedule feature to turn the camera on and off so that it's not uploading continuously. Smart Home IntegrationBecause Nest is a division of Google, Nest Hello integrates with the Google Assistant but obviously lacks support for Amazon's Alexa and Apple's HomeKit. Image credit: NestProducts with Google Assistant like the Google Home, Google Home Mini and the Nest Cam IQ with Google Assistant can let you know when someone's at the door. You can also ask Google Assistant to cast the doorbell's live video stream to a Chromecast equipped TV.