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Video Review of the Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm – HT149

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. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm by Nest  Link: Listen Audio New Chat service with Chatwing – See the new equipment that Jim has – EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2048MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 02G-P4-2651-KR by EVGA Link: Gordon’s Review –   Amazon order swapped at Lowes () 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 Setup 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 Testing 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 #.UsG01vQV7E0 Only thing missing from the Protect, explosive gas detection. Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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The Nest Protect – Smoke + CO Alarm: About, Unboxed and Installed

My Nest thermostat is not so lonely anymore!  Thanks to The Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund I have the pleasure of reviewing the latest from Nest. The Nest Protect is a smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector and that doesn’t take much when compared to the average home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The biggest and most interesting part of the Nest Protect for me is the fact that it doesn’t over react. I think we all have cooked something a little to well done and opened the oven to take care of the issue only to have another issue. The smoke detector telling you that your food is burnt and sending out an annoying loud beeping alarm that requires you to press its button or waving a hand towel at it to clear the air before the annoying beeping will #160; Have you had your smoke alarm go off in the middle of the night?  Do you have kids that get woken up and scared by the loud beeping?  Have you thought about disconnecting them?  Do you really want to do away with your smoke detectors because they cause more of an annoyance then good?  Nest says this is a dangerous side effect of something that is trying to protect you and I agree. Just like with the Nest Thermostat there are some things you need to know about your existing system before you purchase your Nest Protect. Is your current system only battery powered or wired (120 volt) and battery? Next is a personal preference of color that matches your existing location. Black or white (note that the black version is only available at at this time)? In my home we have a wired linked existing system and am installing this Nest Protect on a white ceiling, so I choose the white one. Nest has kept the packaging scheme similar across all of its products. The design starts on the outside of the box and continues to flow to the contents within. After removing the information band from the box and removing the top cover I was greeted with an information packet. The contents of the packet include: a user’s guide, welcome guide and 2 year warranty information. Next, I was presented with the Nest Protect covered by a hard plastic dome of #160; Removing the Nest Protect reveals the included mounting #160; Below the mounting bracket is something different then #160; Rather then putting the three wire nuts, four mounting screws and 120 volt wire adapter in a plastic #160; Nest has chosen to carefully place these components in a very clean and organized cardboard insert at the bottom of the box. The installation process is very simple and did not take long at all (about 10 minutes to install).  It actually took me longer to figure out which breaker was controlling the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors then it did to install the Nest #160; There is also a very helpful installation video on the Nest site if needed. Here is the process I went through in my installation and yours will be close to the same if not easier if you have the battery only version in your #160; I first removed my old smoke detector after shutting down the power to #160; I then removed the wire nuts from the existing adapter and the mounting #160; I had a red, black and white wire to work #160; The instruction guide says you do not need the red wire so I put one of the three wire nuts on the red wire to cap #160; I then matched up the black to black wire and the white to the white wire and twisted them together with the provided wire nuts. I then grabbed the Nest mounting plate and two of the provided screws and mounted the plate in place of the old #160; Next, I prepared the Nest Protect for #160; There is a small blue tab with an arrow hanging out of one side of the #160; Pulling this tab wakes up the detector and then I was prompted to click the center button and open my Nest mobile application to get the detector added to my wireless network and to my account. Once this part of the setup process was complete I then finished up the installation process by connecting the adapter for the 120 volt wire to the back of the detector and mounted the detector to the mounting #160; Nest is nice to setup and walks your through a testing phase during the setup process after mounting to ensure all systems are working and detection is ready to #160; More on the setup process and functions to come in Part 2 Gordon Schmidt is a guest blogger and host for Home Tech at Gordon’s Review of the Nest Thermostat: Podcast About Nest:
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The First Annual Home Server Show Meetup in Wisconsin- HT032

Jim and Gordon record a live show at the Home Server Show Meetup in Wisconsin, and has a chat with some of regulars from the show, including Christian, Bill, Mike and Rich. The guys discuss the experience of being remote to the Meetup, for those of us who couldn’t make it, as well as some of the equipment the folks who attended bought along with them, and the advantages of being able to see and touch the hardware that is regularly discussed on the Home Server Show podcast. The guys have a bit of a round table chat about the why they would travel to attend a Meetup such as this, the things that folks might like to see when they were at such an event, as well as what can event like this can do to increase the “wife acceptance factor” of, and exposure to technology such as the Home Server that we find in the home. Listen Mobile: Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network
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