The smart home pioneer can still be the centre of your tech lifestyle
Nest’s smart thermostat was the early poster child for the smart home, designed to be a hub that could control the smart home products from other manufacturers, before products like Echo and Google Home existed. And it still does this, through its Works With Nest programme. Belkin WeMo plugs, LIFX light bulbs, Logitech Harmony remotes and more can all talk to each other using a Nest thermostat, Nest Protect alarm or Nest Cam as a conduit. Nest makes a point that it’s all very private too – you’ll know what data is being shared between devices, and all the connections are encrypted.
The Nest products can take some automated control of your other smart home products, if you let it. For example, if you’re away from the house, Nest will tell your WeMo plugs to turn off automatically and save power. And if your Nest Protect detects carbon monoxide, it can turn smart lightbulbs red.
You can also control Nest products from the apps of stuff it works with, such as changing the heating from the WeMo app.