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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Nest.

Overall Score: 8.1/10

Zmodo and Nest home security systems both accomplish their goals. Zmodo provides high-quality indoor/outdoor video and cameras with motion sensors that are built-in. Nest uses sensors, high-definition cameras along with home automation to create an effective home security network.

Overview: Zmodo vs Nest

Zmodo home security prides itself on the many different types of high-resolution video cameras and doorbells included in its home security inventory. Nest, on the other hand, offers numerous devices that are designed to fully automate and protect your home. This includes video cameras and multiple sensors.

  • Self-monitoring capabilities
  • High-quality video surveillance options
  • Multiple devices
  • Equipment must be purchased up front
  • Mobile apps

Similarities: Nest vs Zmodo

Both Zmodo and Nest offer a wide variety of devices that are designed to both protect and automate your home. The devices they offer are highly effective when it comes to triggering alerts and capturing activity on video. Neither requires a contract or professional installation and both are affordable once you get past the initial upfront payment.

  • Both have smart thermostats
  • Both work well with the Alexa platform
  • Mobile apps
  • Equipment is purchased upfront
  • Devices can be added as you go

Differences: Nest vs Zmodo

Zmodo and Nest have several differences. Nest offers professional installation and the option for professional, 24/7 monitoring through Moni. While neither have contracts themselves, to get the best price for the Moni monitoring service a 3-year contract must be signed.

  • It costs between $400 and $500 to purchase a Nest system
  • Zmodo offers four cameras for approximately $100
  • Zmodo cameras can pan and tilt
  • Nest offers both professional and DIY installation
  • Nest offers environmental sensors

Features

Zmodo offers good quality video and images. Motion alerts include five still images. Their cameras have excellent night vision capabilities. The Zmodo system pairs well with Alexa and allows for moderate home automation.

The Nest home security system includes a wide range of devices that include entry sensors, motion sensors, video cameras, a smart thermostat, and numerous other devices that integrate easily with the Google Smart Home platform. This creates a strong layer of protection on many levels.

Contracts

Zmodo does not require any type of contract.

Nest does not require any contracts unless you choose to sign up for a 3-year contract with Moni for a discounted price. Without the contract, the price goes up by $10 per month.

Pricing

The three main cameras within the Zmodo system include the Greet, Greet Universal, and Greet Pro. They cost $99.99, $179.99, and $199.99 respectively. The system is self-monitored so there are no contracts to be signed with third-party monitoring services.

The Nest home security system costs between $400 and $500 for the basic package. If you choose to sign up for Moni with a 3-year contract, you will pay $19.99 per month. Without the contract, the price goes up to $29.99 per month.

Equipment

With the Zmodo system, you have several cameras to choose from. Zmodo also has other devices, including video doorbells and a smart thermostat. They also carry a full line of devices to automate your home.

With Nest, you get the Nest Guard hub, two entry sensors that can be used for either doors or windows, and two key fobs. If you choose to expand on your system, you can also choose from the Nest thermostat and several other devices that make automating your home a snap.

Installation

Zmodo is an easy install for the customer and set up takes less than 30 minutes.

Nest offers both professional installation and do-it-yourself options.

Emergency Connections

Zmodo runs mainly off of Wi-Fi and requires a 2.4 GHz connection to be effective. As long as Wi-Fi is available, it can send alerts and notifications to your smartphone giving you an opportunity to notify the authorities.

Nest is also a self-monitored system unless you choose the Moni services. If professional, 24/7 surveillance is in effect, you will be notified either by text or email and local dispatch will also be made aware of the emergency if one occurs.

Summary: Zmodo vs Nest

Zmodo is a basic system that offers plenty of visual coverage. It's ideal for a homeowner who doesn't need the additional set of eyes that a third-party monitoring service provides.

Nest may cost a little more but it is a good choice for customers who want both convenience as well as effective security options.

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