Guardian Protection vs Nest Secure: An Expert Comparison

Today we will be comparing home security providers Guardian Protection and Nest Secure, and see how they stack up! We’ll go over equipment, monitoring plans, and more!

There are several ways you can find the perfect solution for your home’s security needs. The most popular way that homeowners like yourself shop for security products is by browsing for them online. You may have come across a wealth of information while on your search, and we are here to make the process of finding the perfect security solution for you much easier. Today we will be taking a look at and comparing what Guardian Protection and Nest Secure have to offer.

Guardian Control Panel

Guardian Protection offers their Guardian IQ2 Panel which is touchscreen control panel that has a thin design making it very easy to place. This thin touchscreen control panel sports a full colored 7-inch display. You can completely control your Guardian Protection security system right from the touchscreen control panel. It is a wireless and cellular system which means it works by transmitting your security data through a cellular chip. The Guardian IQ2 Panel has PowerG encryption which adds an extra layer of security when it is transmitting your data. It is powered by an AC power source, but it does include a backup battery just in case your power goes out. The Guardian IQ2 Panel includes a 5 mega-pixel front facing camera that can take snap shots of when your system is being armed and disarmed. The Guardian IQ 2 panel includes Bluetooth disarming which means it will recognize when you are coming and leaving your home, and trigger your system accordingly. The Guardian IQ2 panel really stands out due to its built-in glass break sensor that will trigger your Guardian Protection security system when the sound of break glass is detected. Anytime your Guardian Protection system or devices are trigger the Guardian IQ2 Panel will sound its internal 110-decibel siren. The Guardian IQ2 Panel also includes a Z-Wave protocol that will allow you to expand it so that you can use home automation devices with it.

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Nest Secure Control Panel

Nest is well known for their high-quality security cameras, and now they have security system that is just as impressive called the Nest Secure. The Nest Secure’s connects all your devices through its control panel call the Nest Guard. The Nest Guard has a cone shaped design with built-in indicator lights that will change colors to show different system statues. The Nest Guard connects directly to your home’s WIFI network, but you do have the option to have a cellular chip installed. It has push-button keypad that allows you to quickly arm and disarm your system. You can create custom user codes for different users for you Nest Secure system that can be enabled and disabled at any time. The Nest Guard is powered by an AC power source, and it includes a backup battery. The Nest Guard stands out from other control panels due to it have a motion detector built right into the control panel that can detect motion within a 10 ft range of the Nest Guard. The Nest Guard includes audio chimes for when your system is armed/disarmed, opened/shut doors, and other chimes for other events. If you Nest Security system is triggered the Nest Guard will sound its internal 85-decibel siren.

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Who wins?

Guardian and Nest offer really great control panels that are easy to use, and have some really great features. Guardian’s control panel has an amazing touchscreen display, and due to it having a Z-Wave protocol you can easily expand it. The Nest Guard has a built-in motion sensor which is pretty revolutionary when it comes to home security hubs. However, Guardian’s Smart Hub is much nicer with more features and for this reason we are making them the winner of this category. In fact, it’s the same panel we use here at Link Interactive. Check it out >

Guardian Equipment

Guardian Protection offers all of the basic equipment you could ever need to keep your home totally protected. They offered wireless and battery-operated sensors that have a long battery life. To keep the inside of your home safe Guardian Protection offers door/window, motion, and glass break sensors. All of these sensors are tamper-proof so you don’t have to worry about someone disabling them. They also offer a variety of external sirens including one that has a strobe light so you will be sure to hear when your Guardian Protection’s security system has been triggered. To quickly arm and disarm your system, Guardian protection offers a battery-operated key fob that has a built-in panic button. To keep your home safe from environmental dangers Guardian Protection offers smoke/heat and CO sensors. These sensors have audible alerts that will be triggered if dangerous rises in environmental factors such as heat, smoke, and CO gas are detected. Guardian Protection will send out one of their certified security technicians so you don’t have to worry about setting up the equipment yourself.

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Home Automation

Guardian Protection’s Guardian IQ Panel is more than just a security hub, due to its Z-Wave protocol you can use a variety of other branded smart home devices with it. You can purchase some of the smart home automation equipment directly through Guardian Protection. Guardian Protection offers Kwikset smart locks that have an illuminated push-button keypad that you can create custom user codes. You will also be able to control on these locks while go including remotely locking and unlocking. If your home has garage doors you can remotely open and close them using the Linear Garage Door controller that is offered by Guardian Protection. You will also receive push notification anytime your garage doors have been opened or shut. To make your home greener, Guardian Protection offers smart thermostats. These thermostats work for the majority of HVAC heating and cooling systems. You will be able to remotely control your home’s temperature on the go through your Smart Thermostat. This is all the home automation that Guardian Protection is showing via their website, and you would need to call them for a more complete list.

Video Monitoring/Cameras

To provide your home with some video surveillance protection, Guardian Protection offers an indoor, outdoor, and a video doorbell camera. Their cameras are wireless and work by connecting to your home’s WIFI. Guardian Protection’s video cams can capture high quality video clips, have night vision technology, and 2-way audio. Guardian uses for video monitoring. This is the exact same monitoring provider that we use at Link Interactive.

Nest Secure Equipment

When Nest designed their Nest Secure, they went for simplicity and that is reflected in the variety of basic equipment they have to offer you. Their main intrusion sensor is called the Nest Detect. The Nest Detect is a combo door/window sensor and motion sensor. It is battery-operated and wireless. The Nest Detect will alert you when a door/window has been open in which it has been placed as well as monitor for motion in the area it is placed. Nest offers their Nest Tags as a quick a way for you to arm and disarm your system. You simply need to tap a Nest Tag on your Nest Guard to quickly arm and disarm your system. When it comes to environmental safety sensors Nest offers their Nest Protect. The Nest Protect is wireless and battery-operated and it will monitor for dangerous rises in CO gas and smoke. If these are detected your Nest Protect will make an audible alert. All the equipment offered by Nest is totally DIY, but they do include a step by step setup guide.

Home Automation

Nest has some nice home automation devices and video cams for you to choose from, and they all work perfectly with their Nest Secure system. When it comes to home automation devices, Nest offers a really nice smart thermostat and they have partnered with Yale to produce a super high-quality smart lock. Their Smart Thermostat has an amazing full colored display, and its green leaf icon lets you know you are saving money on your home’s energy cost. The Nest Smart Thermostat will learn your home’s energy patterns, and automatically adjust your home’s temperature to your preference. Their Yale Smart Lock comes in a few different colors, and it has an LED illuminated keypad. This lock is tamper-proof, and you can create different users codes. You can control both the Nest Smart Thermostat and the Nest Yale Smart Lock on the go through the Nest app.

Video Monitoring/Cameras

When it comes to video surveillance equipment, Nest has the major types of video cams out on the market. They have several different models of indoor, outdoor, and video doorbell cameras. Their cameras have advanced features that allow you to capture detail images along with producing and capture video in HD resolution. You can use their cameras’ night vision technology to capture crystal clear images even when there is no light around. Nest cameras’ motions sensors will trigger them to start to record, and you will be sent an instant alert. You can use their cameras’ 2-way audio feature to directly communicate with the people around your Nest cams. Nest cams are work through PoE (Power over Ethernet), or by connecting wirelessly to your home’s WIFI.

Who wins?

Guardian Protection and Nest Secure both have a really nice selection of basic equipment for you to choose from. We really like that Guardian offers a flood sensor which can be really valuable to home owners due to the amount of damage a flood can cause. We also like that Guardian Protection’s strobe external siren. Because Guardian Protection has a bit larger selection of basic equipment than that of Nest, we are giving them the win for this category.

Guardian Protection also offers a nice selection of add-on equipment for you to choose from so that you can really expand your system. We really like the fact that they allows to purchase a lot of other branded home automation equipment directly through them. We really love the fact that Guardian Protection uses thermostats due to all the features it includes. This was a harder category for us to call, but are going to give the win to Guardian Protection due to them offering thermostats.

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Guardian Protection vs Nest Secure App

Guardian Protection and Nest Secure both offer self, professional, and video monitoring services. Their self-monitoring services are done through their apps which are free to download and work for Windows, Apple, and Android devices. Guardian’s self-monitoring app is powered through which means you will have a ton of more features you can use with your equipment and system. Nest uses their own native app, which we feel is limited and doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of an powered app. You can customize all devices connected to your system, stream live and recorded video, get push notifications for events, remotely arm and disarm your system plus much much more all through the app while on the go. also allows for Geo-fencing service which is a feature that will automatically turn on/off your system, devices, cameras, etc. when leaving and entering the house. Their professional monitoring services work the same where you have a professional monitoring station watching over your home 24/7.

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Guardian Protection vs Nest Secure vs Link Interactive

Guardian Protection and Nest Secure offer great security systems. We like the colored touchscreen control panels offered by Guardian Protection (here at Link we use the same ones). Guardian has a ton of equipment that you can use with their system, and they have discounted contract based pricing. Nest has a more limited range of equipment, and the upfront cost to ownership is quite high. Because Guardian has a bigger selection of equipment with lower upfront pricing we are choosing them as our overall winner.

Recommended: The Better Alternative

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Link Interactive and Guardian Protection are the exact same security solution/system in terms of equipment and monitoring services. At Link we offer the Qolsys control panel just like Guardian as well as self-monitoring and third-party professional monitoring. Also just like Guardian, we offer home automation control and cutting-edge video monitoring services as well. The difference is in the experience. With our security system, you get more features at a lower price point, and with renowned customer service.

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