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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.

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