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3.0 out of 5 stars Great device BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 2 Dec. 2013
Pre purchased three of these as they sounded just what I was looking for but right now I am somewhat dissapointed.

First good points.

Look great, easy to install, intuitive setup, they talk to each other! :-)

Bad points.

There is no way to test the alerting/messaging capability, none, unless you simulate a fire with smoke, not really very intuitive or a clever idea!

Second, because I cannot test it, i have no idea what an alert would look like or how it would alert me, talking to Nest support, I need to be monitoring/looking at the phone sot see an alert!

This is a fire alarm, I cannot be looking at the phone all the time, this is not really good enough, I was hoping that on a fire, I would get a persistent message or some kind of alarm sound that would get my attention, so I know there dis a problem but it really does not sounds if this is the case!

A real shame as I purchased these because I have pet dogs that are sometimes left at home on their won and I wanted an alert that would make sure I was aware in case of fire.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2013 15:55:51 GMT
Ed Crawford says:
You might want to read this article (http://gizmodo.com/meet-nests-protect-a-smart-smoke-detector-thats-actu-1442224546) as it might answer your concerns. To highlight the relevant part for you "you can silence Protect by waving your hand nearby, or dismissing the push notification. If the smoke doesn't clear up, though, the warning escalates into a full-blown horn alarm (and the LEDs flash red)". If it doesn't have a method of testing the push alerts, I agree that it's an oversight

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2013 17:56:34 GMT
Robster says:
Hi

I appreciate you taking the time to reply but I was aware of the wave your arm to silence functionality.

What I want is to be able to test the alarm to phone functionality, this is completely missing!

Robin

Posted on 29 Dec 2013 16:08:05 GMT
Timberford says:
Surely to actually test the alarm, as it would behave in a fire situation, you would need to use real smoke. Otherwise it's not a real test...

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2013 16:52:56 GMT
Robster says:
True but that is going to an extreme, when there is an actual self test capability built in, except it only does a partial self test in my view!

Robin

Posted on 16 Jan 2014 20:59:48 GMT
It flashes green to let you know all is ok. The point is these are smoke alarms V 2.0 you don't need to test them it's kinda the whole point. Go the nest website and watch the videos on there.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2014 21:15:50 GMT
Robster says:
So do thou know what happens when it detects a fire or CO2 issue, what happens on your phone?

I know I don't, although alerting when I am away from home was one of the areas that really caught my attention.

Also, if you have more than one it is worth testing they all talk to each other properly, agin a big part of the capability I purchased them for.

The self test does work for some of this, you can hear each alarm in turn announcing its condition but no way to test the external alerting functionality!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 21:56:12 GMT
N Bamber says:
Get a tin of this:

http://www.discountfiresupplies.co.uk/product/203/524/Smoke-Sabre-Smoke-Detector-Tester?utm_source=Google%2BProducts&utm_medium=Price%2BComparison&utm_campaign=Google%2BProducts&gclid=CMP006aFmL0CFSUUwwodRkIAWw
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