Nest Cams are a BIG RIPOFF

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39 Replies to “Nest Cams are a BIG RIPOFF”

  1. Jessie Crypto

    Cheaper to buy Chinese NVR set with 4 cameras. The NVR's are generally junk, but most of the cameras use RTSP and are already WiFi, Run your own router instead of the NVR, and log it all to a machine, have machine connected SSH to a VPS and rotate 3 days or 7 days or whatever you can keep on the available capacity, now when you get broken into and they steal your computer, you still have footage. I got 4 1080p cameras that I am rather impressed with, (Plus a garbage NVR), all for $100 CAD all in

  2. ZaPo

    Sure, this might be OK for indoor cameras, but why would I want cameras recording me in my house. For external/outdoor camera system, especially in a rental, the Nest outdoor system is exceptional. I also don't have any issue paying the $5 per month, per camera, to have all of the cloud and mobile functionality + alert and zone settings.

  3. Dorian Murray

    The pricing per month was a major decided factor for my reason of using the current system I have now but it is a little too complicated for most. Glad Google caught on finally and will have a much cheaper pricing based on per house for 2020.

  4. STUCK

    7:20 You mentioned safely backing up footage onto source, but what about the camera feed itself being hacked before it reaches your computer. Is there any password protection on cameras? Ideally WP3.

  5. Mathue Accia

    I found a camera called wyze I think it records 1080p and it has an app and it can do 2 way audio and it has space for a micro sd card and it has all the features of a nest but it only costs 25 dollars

  6. chipped

    Linus I work in Security and I recommend you use Milestone Esstential+ which is free for 8 cameras and connect it to up to 8 cameras. It works with pretty much any camera on the market, usually you will be safe with any camera which supports Onvif. The Frankenstein camera you have made is terribly unreliable, unsupported and ugly.

  7. Jadi

    Made these but the pi zero W has an awful wifi chip so I gave up and got nest anyway. Its good if you can be bothered but its so much hassle and it doesn't work 100% of the time and frequently crashes. Definitely not a nest replacement.

  8. The Silent Observer

    Or, you can go get a Tend Lynx Indoor camera from Best Buy for pretty cheap. It's wireless, has motion detection, face recognition (that doesn't work well from my experience), and night vision. The best part, however, is that Tend provides free cloud storage for clips recorded during the previous 7 days.

    The only part I don't like about it is that you can't turn it off without unplugging it from power. So, I set mine up with a smart plug so I can turn the camera off and on via my phone, or Echo, at will.

  9. D S

    My nest cams have AI so they will alert me of motion, and if that motion is a person or not, and face recognition too… I can build this in my sleep like you have and even use AWS rekognition for the AI part, but ain't nobody got time for that. Storage and AWS fees would add up.

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