A few months ago, Nest suspended sales of their Protect smoke + carbon monoxide alarm after laborator testing revealed the ‘wave’ feature could unintentionally be activated during an actual fire. Being a connected device, early adopters who had their Nest Protect connected to a WiFi network could install the necessary software update that disables the feature. In fact, the update was automatic, happening less than 24 hours after the announcement. While still technically a recall, customers who had concerns or not able to connect, were able to return the Protect. Just a few short months later and we have announcement from the company that sales of the Nest Protect will resume starting today. In addition, the price is dropping to $99, which is the new MSRP. This is $30 less than the price when it launched earlier this year, but Nest is offering those who purchased a Protect before June 15th, a $30 credit.
The Nest Protect is offered in both wired and battery operated versions. The wired version requires some electrical work, but it’s certainly consider basic for homeowners who are comfortable with DIY projects. It can work in conjunction with the Nest Thermostat or by itself, provided you have the free app available for either the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. EverythingiCafe has an extensive walkthrough of the setup process, along with first impressions.
Prior to issues with the wave feature, reviews of the Nest Protect were fair. The Nest Thermostat is a hard act to follow, as it certainly revolutionized the thermostat space. It also faces challenges due to the need to replace thermostats every 7 years. At $99 per thermostat, it can be an expensive ‘upgrade’. If you have multiple wired thermostats, the interconnect system only works if you commit to Protect throughout your house. The wave feature was unique and certainly had real world use, but also impacted safety – where no compromises should ever be made.
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