The Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) provides valuable peace of mind knowing who is ringing your doorbell, whether you are at home or not.
You may have noticed the word “nest”. All Google speakers and security devices are now owned by Nest, while smartphones and tablets are owned by Pixel.
But there is one additional feature that you may not have thought of. It is equally useful to know who is coming and who is coming. Yes, it works both ways.
There are quite a lot of smart doorbells now, so we will try to differentiate them.
Google Nest doorbell (battery)
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We use Fail (Below Expected), Pass (Meets Expectations), and Exceed (Exceeds Expectations or is Class Leader) on many of the points below. Sometimes we give a Pass(able) score that isn’t as good as it should be, and a Pass score of ‘+’ to show that it’s good, but doesn’t exactly match Exceed.
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First impression – very Google-like design cues – Pass+
Elegant, discreet, white and matches most door colors. At the top is a camera peephole, and at the bottom is a glowing white round doorbell button.
It is powered by a built-in 3.65V/6A/22W rechargeable battery. Remove the doorbell to charge it with a 15W or higher USB-C charger (not included).
But let’s start with a warning: video intercoms shouldn’t be an impulsive purchase.
Setup – Google Home made easy – Pass+
This is a Wi-Fi device, so the only limitation is the maximum distance from the router. It uses Wi-Fi N 2.4GHz and can theoretically be 30-40m away from the router, but this depends on the number of walls and doors (and their design) through which the signal passes.
If distance is an issue, Wi-Fi extenders may work with your current router, or you may need to consider a new mesh system, which can cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Or just follow our quick and often free Wi-Fi black spot fix (guide).
Installation is simple. It comes with a flat metal base plate (left or right mount) and a 20° wedge (left or right mount) to tilt the unit towards an approaching vehicle. All screws and templates in the box. There is a video instruction.
Field of view is narrow but passable
Ideally, set it at a height of 120 cm from the ground, plus or minus 30 cm. The field of view is 145° diagonally and about 90° horizontally (i.e. 9:16). It’s not as wide as some 180° FOVs, but the image isn’t as distorted.
Battery life is pretty good – Pass+
It depends on the number of events – doorbell pressed or motion-activated video. Light users can get six months (2-4 recorded events per day), average users can get three months (9-12 events), and busy users can get one month (2-25 events).
The latter is more of a problem if the doorbell is facing the road and you have to limit its sensitivity and field of view.
It’s even better to plug it in if you have a Friedland electric doorbell.
Trick #1 – wrong voltage
The Google Nest doorbell requires 8-24V.alternating current/10VA/50Hz power. That is alternating current power and your existing doorbell will probably be 8V/1A COLUMBIA REGION strength. Generally, you can use the same transformer to wire the doorbell, but you need to change the transformer. RJ Turk has a 240v to 16v AC transformer plug (not wired) used for burglar alarms for about $50. You can also find suitable transformers at Jaycar.
Then you need to climb into the ceiling to find the old transformer and replace it. My advice is to get an electrician to do this because it’s illegal to do it yourself as it involves alternating current.
Trick #2 – Ringing because your Friedland Ding Dong isn’t working – Wrong voltage.
The default setting sends a notification to your phone and any Google Assistant speakers “Someone at the door!” This may be enough.
Or you can buy an AC horn and run it from a new transformer using the same wiring. Google can also accept the message.
In use – passes
The quality of the doorbell depends on the quality of your Wi-Fi signal. So make sure you test it first with the free Network Cell Info Light app on Google Play, checking the signal strength exactly where you want to place the doorbell. A signal level of -50dBM or lower is required for proper operation.
Wi-Fi also causes latency, and the app can test latency in milliseconds (ms) and data throughput (Mbps). Make sure you turn off mobile data before testing. Go to the “Speed” tab and if your Ms latency is over 100ms and your data throughput (remember download is vital here) is below 10Mbps (to the router) it will result in a video/voice delay of about 2- 4 seconds, which makes the real time way communication difficult. Google says 2 Mbps minimum – don’t try it.
You can respond verbally with a notification on your smartphone, or use predefined responses.
Image quality – Pass (night) and Pass+ (day)
The camera records at 960 x 1280 (1.3 MP) and up to 30 frames per second (fps). Again, depending on the strength of the Wi-Fi signal, you may find that the speed drops to 15 frames per second when it starts to twitch and the image is torn.
In our test location, we were getting 5Mbps downloads, 150ms latency, and images were adequate. The voice was impossible.
Night vision is mono, and Google says it has HDR, but it’s just 850nm IR LEDs that work out to about two to three meters.
Voice quality – Satisfactory (capable)
Voice quality depends on the strength of the Wi-Fi signal, and since you usually use a smartphone, on its mobile data signal strength. Or you can use Google Assistant when you are at home and the voice quality improves.
It has one microphone and some AI noise cancellation, but overall it’s sufficient at best. If there is wind, you cannot understand the caller.
Weatherproof IP54 – put it under the cover – Pass
“5” means that the ingress of dust is not completely prevented, but its amount should not interfere with the safe operation of the equipment.
“4” means that light splashes of water (rain) on the housing from any direction must not cause harmful effects.
However, you must install it under an eaves or awning as it is not weatherproof.
Nest Aware subscription gives you more – Pass
You can unsubscribe and get a base face, package, vehicle ID and 3 hour event history – very short if you’re away.
. A basic Nest Aware subscription costs AUD$9 per month and unlocks 30 days of event history, familiar face alerts, smoke and fire alerts and more. Nest Aware Plus costs $18 a month and adds 24/7 video history (which the doorbell can’t do anyway). Details about each are here. It’s worth it if you have multiple Nest devices.
CyberShack look – Google Nest doorbell (battery) – worthy addition to Google Home
There are many such types of devices – Arlo, Google Nest, Ring, Eufy and many hardware store brands. Your choice should not be based on budget, but on what features you want. At $263, the Google Nest (Battery) doorbell is a decent price and pretty fully featured.
We remind you of a few caveats:
- Wi-Fi signal strength is paramount. Check first
- Plug it in if you can, and it will probably cost $150 or more for an electrician, $50 for a transformer, and you’ll need a new bell.
- If possible, turn on your porch lights at night because IR just doesn’t record the details you might need.
Like almost all other Wi-Fi doorbells, it gets a limited recommendation if you get everything else right. This isn’t a problem for a Google Assistant-enabled home, but most brands integrate with Google anyway.
Google Nest doorbell (battery)
$329 but $263 until December 9, 22.
Performance (Strong WI-Fi)
- Google is just like Google – it’s a worthy addition to Google’s home assistant.
- Acceptable image in daylight, but be aware that it has a narrower field of view than some others.
- Well done
- If Wi-Fi is weak, you will not be happy and will need to upgrade your home Wi-Fi.
- Google Assistant may be relatively slow to respond
- Unless you sign up for Nest Aware, three hours of activities is too little.
- Need extra night lighting if you want to get more detail in the image
- Plug it in to avoid overcharging