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Home Security Systems

Nest Secure Alarm Starter Pack H1500ES home security system


Optional paid monitoring from Brinks Home Security for $29/month or $19/month with a three year contract. Optional cellular backup for $5/month, used when WiFi is not available. Has a rechargeable battery in base station for when power is out. Motion sensor has a pet mode. Has a keypad for passcodes. Can use your location to arm and disarm the alarm.


What's in the box What's in the box What main components were included in the tested version - doesn't include cables, fittings, or the like.
Base station with keypad, motion sensor, and siren, 2 contact sensors with motion sensing, 2 RF tags
Key fob Key fob Options for arming and disarming the system other than the app and a keypad.
Two factor authentication Two factor authentication Two factor authentication increases protection against hackers.
Used for both app and web.
Voice control Voice control Digital assistants that can be used with your voice to control the security system.
Google Assistant
Passcode Passcode System can be armed or disarmed using a passcode.
Web access Web access Access to the system through the internet.
Battery backup Battery backup Systems use batteries to continue to work without power.
Cellular Cellular If the system can connect using cellular signals when WiFi is out - may require additional fees.
Requires monitoring