Google will be taking the wraps off its Pixel 7 smartphone and Pixel Watch smartwatch at its Made by Google event in New York City later this week, but today, Google-owned Nest is sharing a few new products and updates in the company’s smart-home ecosystem—from a new Nest Wifi Pro router with Wi-Fi 6E support to a redesigned Google Home app.
Here’s everything Nest announced.
New Nest Doorbell and Nest Wifi Pro
Last year, Nest debuted a second-generation Nest Doorbell (Battery)a battery-powered video doorbell. Now, it’s time for a second-gen wired version, for those who don’t want to worry about their doorbell running out of juice. It looks quite similar and has similar specs but is 30 percent smaller . There’s 24/7 recording support, and it stores three hours of important events in its local memory in case your Wi-Fi goes out. (Nest has doubled the onboard memory from the first-gen Nest Doorbell.)
The new doorbell’s camera isn’t as high-resolution as the original Nest Doorbell, with a 960 x 1,280-pixel resolution, but it’s the HDR support that takes the camera quality a step further—it’ll be able to handle bright lights and better expose your footage. Nest says it has fine-tuned the image quality to be clearer in various lighting and weather conditions too. Like the Nest Doorbell (Battery)it has two-way audio with noise cancellation, is IP54 water- and dust-resistant, and can detect people, packages, vehicles, animals, and familiar faces (the latter requires a Nest Aware subscription). It requires a Google account to operate as well as the Google Home app.
The Nest Doorbell (Wired, Second Gen) is available today in the US and Canada and costs $180, a lower starting price than the original but the same price as the second-gen battery-powered model. It’s made of 43 percent recycled materials.
Nest is also adding a new Nest Wifi Pro to its current Nest Wifi router lineup. This is the company’s first router with Wi-Fi 6E support, adding tri-band connectivity, an increasingly common feature on mesh routers. Essentially, the router now utilizes three different bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz. The latter new band can transmit more data at faster speeds to your devices, though it won’t be as far-reaching, which is why it still employs the longer-range 2.4-GHz band. (You can read more in our Wi-Fi 6E explainer here.) The caveat? Your devices need to support Wi-Fi 6E too, and right now, that’s just a handful of recent phones and laptops.