Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) - Friend or Foe (Security Check) - Cybershack

Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) – Friend or Foe (Security Check) – Cybershack

The Google Nest Doorbell (battery) brings valuable peace of mind knowing who’s ringing your doorbell – whether you’re home or not.

You may have noticed the word ‘Nest’. All Google speakers and security devices are now Nests, while smartphones and tablets are Pixels.

But there’s one extra feature you might not have thought about. It is equally useful to know who is coming and who is leaving. Yes, it works both ways.

There are quite a few smart doorbells now, so let’s try to differentiate.

Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)

TO website here
Price MSRP $263
Guarantee One year
Country of manufacture Thailand
Company Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products, including online advertising, search engine, cloud computing, software and hardware. It is considered one of the Big Five American technology companies with Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.
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We use Fail (below expectations), Pass (meets expectations) and Exceed (exceeds expectations or class leader) against many of the items below. Sometimes we give a Pass rating that isn’t as good as it should be, and a Passing ‘+’ rating to show that it’s good but not quite up to Exceed.

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First impression – design cues very similar to Google – Pass+

Elegant, understated, white and matches most door colors. There’s a camera eye at the top and a glowing white circular bell button at the bottom.

Works on a built-in rechargeable 3.65V/6A/22W battery. Remove the doorbell and charge it using a USB-C 15W or larger charger (not included).

But we start with a warning: Video doorbells must not be an impulse purchase.

Setup – Google Home easy – Pass+

This is a Wi-Fi device, so your only limitation is the maximum distance from your router. It uses Wi-Fi N 2.4GHz and can theoretically be 30-40m from the router, but that depends on the number of walls and doors (and their construction) that the signal passes through.

If distance is an issue, Wi-Fi extenders may work with your current router, or you may need to look at a new mesh system, which can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Or just watch Fix Wi-Fi blackspots (guide) quickly and often for free.

Installation is simple. Comes with a flat metal base plate (left or right mounting) and a 20° wedge (left or right mounting) to tilt the device towards oncoming traffic. All screws and templates are included in the package. There is a video guide.

Field of vision – tight but passes

Ideally mount it 120cm from the ground, give or take 30cm. The field of view is 145° diagonally and about 90° horizontally (so 9:16). This is not as wide as some that have a 180° fisheye, but the image is not as distorted.

Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)
It sacrifices width to gain height

Battery life – Fairly good – Pass+

It depends on the number of events – pressing the doorbell or motion-activated video. Light users can get six months (2-4 recorded events per day), medium users three months (9-12 events) and heavy users one month (2-25 events).

This is more of a problem if the bell faces the road, and you should limit its sensitivity and field of view.

Even better is to hardwire it if you have an existing Friedland electric doorbell.

Catch #1 – wrong voltage

Google Nest Doorbell requires 8-24VAC/10VA/50Hz power. I.e AC power supply and your existing doorbell will probably be 8V/1A DC Power supply. In general, you can use the same transformer as the doorbell wiring, but you need to change the transformer. RJ Turk has a 240V to 16V AC transformer plug (not wired) used for security alarms for about $50. You can also find suitable transformers from Jaycar.

Then it’s up to the ceiling to find the old transformer and replace it. My advice – get an electrician to do it as DIY is illegal AC.

Strong warning: The Electrical Safety Act requires a qualified electrician if you are connecting anything other than a 240V AC plug-in set to your home supply.

Catch #2 – carillon because your Friedland ding-dong won’t work – wrong voltage.

The default setting sends a “Someone’s at the door!” notification to your phone and all Google Assistant speakers. That might do the trick.

Or you can buy an AC carillon and run it from a new transformer using the same wiring. Google can also accept the message.

Used – Pass

Doorbell is only as good as your Wi-Fi signal. So make sure you test it first with the free Network Cell Info Light app on Google Play, which will test the signal strength exactly where you want to place the doorbell. You need a signal strength of -50dBM or lower for proper operation.

Wi-Fi also introduces lag, and the app can test latency in milliseconds (Ms) and data throughput (Mbps). Be sure to turn off mobile data before testing. Go to the Speed ​​tab and if your Ms delay is greater than 100ms and your data throughput (remember uploading is vital here) is less than 10Mbps (to the router) it will cause about a 2-4 second video/voice delay , to become real. time-consuming communication. Google says 2Mbps minimum – don’t try that.

You can respond verbally via a smartphone notification or use a preset response.

Image quality – Pass (night) and Pass+ (day)

The camera records at a resolution of 960 x 1280 (1.3 MP) and at a speed of up to 30 frames per second (fps). Again, depending on the Wi-Fi signal strength, you may find it drops to as low as 15 frames per second when it starts to get choppy and choppy.

At our test site, we achieved 5Mbps upload, 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 with a range of about two to three meters.

Voice quality – satisfactory (possible)

Voice quality depends on the strength of the Wi-Fi signal and, since you normally use a smartphone, the strength of its mobile data signal. Or you can use Google Assistant when you’re at home and the voice quality will improve.

It has one microphone and some AI noise cancellation, but overall it’s adequate at best. If the wind is blowing, you cannot understand the caller.

Weatherproof IP54 – Cover – Pass

“5” means that the ingress of dust is not completely prevented, but must not enter in sufficient quantities to interfere with the safe operation of the equipment.

“4” means that a light splash of water (rain) on the cover from any direction has no harmful effect.

However, you have to mount it under the gutter or awning as it is not weatherproof.

Nest Aware subscription offers more – Pass

You can avoid the subscription and get a basic persona, package, vehicle ID and 3 hours of event history – that’s a very short time frame if you’re out and about.

. A basic Nest Aware subscription costs A$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 on each are here. It’s worth it if you have multiple Nest devices.

CyberShack View – The Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) is a worthy addition to the Google Home

There are many types of these 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 Doorbell (battery) is a decent value and fairly fully featured.

Here are a few caveats:

  • Wi-Fi signal strength is paramount. Test it first
  • Wire it up 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, keep a porch light on at night because IR simply doesn’t pick up the detail you might need.

Bunning’s expert said there is an extremely high return rate for the video doorbell [all brands] for two main reasons. Poor to no Wi-Fi signal at the front door and the frustration of having to charge the batteries too often – up to once a week instead of 2-3 months – as the doorbell can have thousands of activations per month.

Like almost all other Wi-Fi doorbells, it gets limited recommendations if you do the other things right. It’s a no-brainer for a Google Assistant home, but most brands integrate with Google anyway.

Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)

$329 but $263 until 12/9/22

Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)

Performance (strong WI-Fi)



  • Google is what Google does – it’s a worthy addition to the Google Assistant home
  • Reasonable daylight image, but remember it has a narrower field of view than some others
  • Well done


  • If the Wi-Fi is weak, you will not be satisfied and will need to upgrade your home Wi-Fi
  • Google Assistant can be quite slow to respond
  • If you don’t subscribe to Nest Aware – three hours of events is too little
  • You need additional night lighting if you want details in the picture
  • Plug it in to avoid charging

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