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installation nest nc5100ef (doorbell) vs dedicated nest camera (nc2100ef)

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Jul 13, 2019
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installation nest nc5100ef (doorbell) vs dedicated nest camera (nc2100ef)

I already have a wireless doorbell but I want video surveillance

note that my door does not have hardwiring set up for a doorbell but it can ..I've seen people in my townhouse complex put in nest doorbells, security cameras etc .. by drilling thru the brick

so I should I just get the doorbell nest that has video surveillance included or the outdoor camera ? which has better video and surveillance? the doorbell is only 50 bucks more so if the video quality are about the same then I might as well get the doorbell for its extra features


keep in mind I don't have a hammer drill to go thru brick (and rather not buy one as I won't be drilling thru brick and concrete often ) and I'm looking for the easiest set up


here are some pics of how some of my neighbours have set up their cameras or doorbell that appear they didn't go thru brick

camera

this looks like he just screwed onto door frame and ran the wire thru the top of the door
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t7JvnZ ... p=drivesdk

not sure how this was done ...is wiring going thru the top of the garage ?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tR1sJl ... p=drivesdk

doorbells

this looks like just drilled it thru the door ?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tK8ydV ... p=drivesdk



this looks like the nest was drilled on the side and not brick?


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tUCR7D ... p=drivesdk


here's how my back door is structured:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t2kvh4 ... p=drivesdk


this is inside behind the brick wall ...the wiring powers the outside lamp as well as the garage door

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t1ODkt ... p=drivesdk
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Dec 24, 2005
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Are you tied to Nest?

the Ring doorbell is battery operated.
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Aug 19, 2005
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We didn't bother trying to run wire to our doorbell, and went wireless with a Ring that is battery powered. You lose some functionality like 24/7 recording, but it works well enough.
[OP]
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Jul 13, 2019
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Sephora wrote: We didn't bother trying to run wire to our doorbell, and went wireless with a Ring that is battery powered. You lose some functionality like 24/7 recording, but it works well enough.
how's the battery ? you got the video doorbell 2 or 3 ? I watched a video that said the battery doesn't last long, especially when the weather is cold ...as you know our winters are brutal (I'm in GTA) unless you live in BC on South side
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milolai wrote: Are you tied to Nest?

the Ring doorbell is battery operated.


I saw a video that said the rings battery doesn't last... especially in winter

also I heard that it doesn't integrate well (if at all) but google mini
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joyceetal wrote: how's the battery ? you got the video doorbell 2 or 3 ? I watched a video that said the battery doesn't last long, especially when the weather is cold ...as you know our winters are brutal (I'm in GTA) unless you live in BC on South side
Battery life is quite good, though it depends on your usage pattern (e.g., how frequently you allow motion alerts, how often you check live video, etc.) I'm in the GTA as well and it's worked perfectly fine throughout the past couple of winters. One caveat is that the battery does take a while to charge; you can do it overnight, but we just bought an extra spare battery so we always have one topped up. Even then, we don't replace it too frequently. If you're able to wire your doorbell that's ideal, but this is a good solution otherwise. I have the Ring Doorbell 2, I believe.
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Jul 13, 2019
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Sephora wrote: Battery life is quite good, though it depends on your usage pattern (e.g., how frequently you allow motion alerts, how often you check live video, etc.) I'm in the GTA as well and it's worked perfectly fine throughout the past couple of winters. One caveat is that the battery does take a while to charge; you can do it overnight, but we just bought an extra spare battery so we always have one topped up. Even then, we don't replace it too frequently. If you're able to wire your doorbell that's ideal, but this is a good solution otherwise. I have the Ring Doorbell 2, I believe.

great to know ..integration with Google mini isn't a deal-breaker

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