How to Build a Smart Home Automation System Using Nest

A-to-Z guide to building your smart home automation & Internet of Things system from scratch using Nest products.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

In this video-based course and learn how to design and build out your smart home from scratch using Nest smart home automation products.

In the course Gerard teaches you how add Nest smart learning thermostats, smart fire & CO monoxide detectors and security cameras to your family home.

Finally we wrap up with details on how to integrate Nest with dozens of other third party smart home automation devices.

Please note that the Nest smart home platform is new and evolving. Therefore, customers who purchase the video course will receive updates to co-incide with Nest refinements taking place over the coming months and indeed years!

What are the requirements?

  • You don't need to know anything about smart home technologies in order to take this course
  • You don't need to have any tools or equipment in order to take this course
  • No smart home products are required. However In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that you have an idea of what types of home systems you intend automating

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to design and build out your smart home from scratch using Nest home automation products
  • Scope, plan and Add Nest smart learning thermostats, smart fire & CO monoxide detectors and security cameras to your family home.
  • Understand how to how to integrate Nest with dozens of other third party smart home automation devices.
  • Install a single or multiple Nest Protect smart smoke detectors
  • Improve your families security levels by installing Dropcam by Nest cameras
  • Understand how ‘Works with Nest’ home automation products can be used to expand the functionality of your smart home
  • 12 lectures and x hours of video content
  • A copy of the Nest smart home automation Handbook eBook

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in setting up a smart home using Nest smart home automation products
  • Anyone who needs assistance in getting their smart home up and running
  • Electricians and alarm installers who want to start selling smart home install services

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Nest Thermostats

In this video, Gerard introduces you to Smart Homes 2.0 and the Google Nest smart home platform.


In this video, Gerard outlines why you should consider adding Nest or 'Nesty' as it is known by the kids to your home.


As the name implies, Gerard describes the steps involved with preparing and indeed installing a smart thermostat. In the video, Gerard re-iterates his advice, that such actions should typically be carried out by a professional installer.


In this video; Gerard demonstrates how you would go about setting up a Nest thermostat using your smartphone, tablet or indeed a PC.


As the name implies this video provides a description of some of the configuration options that can be setup once, Nest has been installed. Once configured correctly, a Nest learning thermostat allows you to set-up modes and schedules that match your daily lifestyle and use an App to turn the heating system ON or OFF from any part of the world!


The Nest Thermostat supports advanced capabilities, namely, auto away, auto schedule, time-to-temperatue, safety temperature and PIN protection. In this video lecture shows you how to use the mobile and Web app to set up these advanced safety measures.

Section 2: About the Nest Protect

This video starts with an explanation of smart smoke detectors. Key benefits of the Nest Protect and how it can be used to enhance safety levels is also covered in this video.


Setting up a Nest Protect is pretty straightforward and in this video lecture, Gerard explains all the details.


This video shows you how to use the Nest App to control your new Protect. Configuring checkups, emergency shut-offs and auto away assist are all explained by Gerard in this particular lecture.

Section 3: Nest Cam

In this lecture, you will learn how to plan the installation of some network camera's around the house. Additionally, Gerard provides some insight into the benefits of adding Nest Cam network cameras to your family home.


As the name suggests, this video lecture is all about unboxing your Nest Cam and getting it up and running quickly.


In this video Gerard walks you through step-by-step how to configure your new Nest Cam.


Gerard provides an in-depth video of how to zoom your Nest Cam, share video moments and talk to your Nest Cam and set up daily schedules.


Nest Aware is a subscription service that helps you see more and do more with Nest Cam. In this Video, Gerard shows you how to setup various Nest Aware functions such as history, activity zones, clips and timelapses.

Section 4: Growing Nest into a Complete Smart Home

Getting different Nest products to communicate with each other, enhances the automation capabilities of your home. In this video lecture, Gerard explains how.


Various types of smart home products are certified as 'Works With Nest'. Gerard identifies eight of his favorite categories and explains how you might go about integrating them with your Nest thermostat, Protect and Dropcam.


In this video, Gerard talks candidly about what we can do with Nest now and what are the likely developments over the coming months and years!

Section 5: Bonus - Nest Smart Home Automation System Handbook
68 pages

The recently released book includes sections on Smart Home 2.0, Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect, Dropcam and 'Works with Nest'.

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Instructor Biography

Gerard ODriscoll, Telecom Expert, Educator, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

Gerard is 46 years old and originally from Cork in Ireland, married to Olive with five kids ranging from 5 to 16 years olde – so a busy house!

Over the past 20 years, Gerard has served in a variety of management, engineering, and commercial positions in both public and private industry sectors.

Gerard is an accomplished international telecoms expert, educator, serial Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, and smart home automation integrator. Other professional achievements include the authoring of various technology books:

  • [+] IPTV Services and Technologies, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-16372-6 (Published 2008)
  • [+]  Co-authored Home Technology Integrator Certification Lab: ISBN 1-58122-070-7 (Published 2004)
  • [+] Essential Guide to Home Networking; ISBN-10: 0130198463 Published (2001)
  • [+] Essential Guide to Digital Set-top Boxes and Interactive TV, Prentice Hall, ISBN-10: 0130173606 (Published 1999).
  • [+] Manage Your Home with a Smartphone App!
  • [+] 13 Ways to Use Technology to Live Independently at Home for Longer!
  • Essential Guide to Steak

Over the years Gerard has been given the role as commentator on industry events and trends in the digital home industry sector and been quoted in a number of premier business publications. Additionally he has presented papers at a handful of conferences around the world.

In recent times, Gerard has become involved as an angel investor in a portfolio of start-ups & emerging growth companies in mobile apps, e-commerce, e-Learning subscription commerce, food, and digital home sectors.

Additionally, he runs a number of blogs including one that help people make their homes more secure, safer, more energy efficient and enjoyable!

On the education front, Gerard holds electronics and information technology qualifications from the University of Limerick in Ireland.

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