Google Nest Smart Home Technology

When you introduce Google Nest smart devices to your home, you’re not just joining millions of people who enjoy state-of-the-art technology in their homes and businesses, you’re helping to make your property more efficient and safe.

One of the most well-loved features of smart home devices is the ability to control them from anywhere through an internet connection and Google Assistant. Let’s dive into the various devices available so that you can get ready to make the most out of your smart home.

What is Google Nest?

What was originally known as “Google Home” has now become “Google Nest.” It is not one but many different devices that integrate with Google Assistant software to create a tech-savvy, smart home. 

The Google Nest Hub

The Google Nest Hub is the ultimate control center for a Google Nest system and includes:

  • a touch screen visual display
  • multiple microphones 
  • a speaker

This hub works like a docked Android tablet and allows you to change settings and manage your Google apps and devices from one place. It also acts as a handy resource for:

  • Weather 
  • Traffic
  • Sports
  • News
  • Music
  • Recipes
  • Videos
  • Podcasts

Personalize your experience based on what you like!

How does it work? To answer that, we have to take it apart.

The Screen

The screen of this device is always “on,” ready for you when you need it. When not being used, it acts as a digital picture frame or clock. Swipe left, right, up and down to scroll through options to increase your productivity, choose entertainment, and connect with your smart home devices.


The hub contains multiple sensitive microphones ready to pick up your voice and carry out your commands. Interact with the hub by talking to it for hands free control. This device also contains a mute switch, allowing you to shut off its ability to “hear” what you say. 


The Google Nest Hub works as a control panel and speaks to you. The Google Nest Audio software can be paired through a bluetooth connection to separate speakers or a surround sound home theater system. 

The Google Nest Mini

The hub is located in one particular place of your home. So how can you use voice commands to control your smart devices from other rooms? 

To solve this problem, the Google Nest Mini was born. It has better sound quality for playing music along with all of the audio features of the hub, but it lacks a screen.

Controlling your Smart Home with Google Nest

Smart homes are continuously expanding their options. Right now, you can control multiple elements of your smart home or office space with the smart home menu on your hub or your smartphone:

  • Thermostat
  • Doorbell
  • Security cameras
  • Lighting
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Home entertainment system

When these smart home compatible devices are installed, the administrator can change settings and control the devices no matter where they are.

  • Turn up or down your thermostat.
  • See and speak to people who ring your doorbell.
  • Watch and record the arrival of packages on your porch and watch out for potential “porch pirates”.
  • Monitor the babysitter or your mischievous pets.
  • Turn on and off lights; dim or brighten them.
  • Know when your smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector goes off.
  • Change channels, control volume, and search for content.

If adding smart devices to your home or office is something you are interested in, contact Brad’s Electronics with your technical questions. A trained technician can set you up with a reliable satellite internet provider compatible with all of your devices and help you get started with your smart home experience.