Gordon Schmidt (@GWadeTech) and Kevin Schoonover(@schoondoggy1979) join Jim (@jcollison) for show #149 of Home Tech Podcast brought to you by the Average Guy Network.

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  • Needed to exchange the battery version out for the wired/battery version
  • Service Desk at Lowes didn’t have a clue
  • Second person at Lowes Service Desk new of the thermostats but not about the Nest Protect
  • Manager thought there was a battery version only and only the stock that was on the end cap
  • An employee passing by knew more about the Nest products and where they were kept in the store
  • Took about 30 mins to exchange at Lowes all because they didn’t have a clue and poor stock placement


  • Remove blue tab to wake up and start the connect process
  • Interesting how Nest uses your mobile device only to setup and activate the Nest Protect

Light Ring

  • Green – to let you know all is good when you shut the lights off
  • White – notices movement to light your path at night w/o having to turn on lights at night
  • Red – smoke detected
  • Yellow – when the battery is low or sensors have expired

Heads Up

Hush – wave to hush


  • Click button to test
  • Click again within 10 seconds to activate a test

Emergency Contacts setup

A smoke detector in a room tells me if there is smoke in that room. A network of detectors can give me an early warning of an issue in another part of the house.

Do you have a family  fire escape plan?

Fema fire safety


Smoke alarm code for all states


Closing bedroom doors can save lives


I love the Nest Protect, but here are other choices





Only thing missing from the Protect, explosive gas detection.

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