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Flashing Light Doorbell: Blink Lights When Someone’s At Your Door (Without IFTTT)

Doorbell Routine Trigger action

Automations in the modern smart home are one of the most useful things today. They make things easier such as creating bedtime routines that help get the little ones to sleep, or even help you to relax after a long day. They may even be of help to families who are hard of hearing. For … Read more

Ring and Nest: Video Management Support (Blue Iris, iSpy & ZoneMinder)

A Ring Doorbell Pro in-front of a D-Link ShareCenter NAS, and an SD-card adapter and Ethernet cable on the sides.

One of the key components of smart home security is a security camera. In the modern world, these cameras come in multiple forms: security cameras, video doorbells, and even built-in cameras on smart assistants (like the optional security feature in the Nest Hub Max). The ability to access these feeds at any time of day, … Read more

Can The Nest Doorbell & Cameras Turn On Your Lights?

A veranda/porch with an overhead light turned on.

A fairly desired (and standard) feature of smart doorbells and cameras is that they notify another service about motion, so that automation routines can run – for example, turning a smart light on when motion is detected. This is possible with many smart doorbells and cameras, and is often as easy as integrating your device … Read more

Your Nest Device May Be Pointless In Illnois (Or The EU!)

Nest help pages - familiar face detection

When you’re looking at Nest’s smart doorbells and cameras, you may see a symbol (indicating a footnote) whenever “familiar face detection” is mentioned: So what does this suspicious footnote mention? Scrolling down to the bottom of the page says: (1) Nest’s familiar face detection feature is not available on Nest Hub Max used in the … Read more

Which Ring And Nest Cameras Are PoE (Power over Ethernet)?

Various Ring doorbells and cameras in a UK store.

Power over Ethernet involves using the multiple wire strands within an Ethernet cable to send both data and electrical power. This allows the end device to be fully powered by the Ethernet cable, whilst also having full internet connectivity without the need for WiFi. None of Nest’s cameras nor doorbells support power over Ethernet (without … Read more

Nest Hello Doorbell: 18 Questions/Answers You Need To Know

A marketing image of a black Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell (on a white background).

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell was released in 2018, and whilst it’s sold decently well, Ring still rules the smart doorbell market. This means that whilst people have lots of questions about the Nest Hello doorbell, some of these questions go unanswered. Other answers are incomplete. Hence I wanted to create this FAQ which answers … Read more