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The integration is fairly simple, there is no scheduling functionality built into the API, so the driver can't do it, either.

You can use your security panel to set the nest to home and away, can program off the leaf mode or away mode.

There are a number of limitations in the driver and API, you should ask your installer what those limitations are from the driver documentation. I'm not at home now to post them, sorry.

You can do any scheduling or programming you could normally do with a thermostat, like program on temperature, setpoints, modes, fan mode, etc.

RyanE

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Thats good info ryan. Thanks. I was actually talking about the smoke detector, not the thermostat.... But i was thinking of bying their tstat as well.... From reading your post... Do you not recommend the nest tstat because of the lack of integration ? I currently have the c4 one installed.

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really after you set up a tstat what do you need to do other than change temp or adjust start or stop times, this can be done with the nest.

I have one and have never had an instance where I said I wish it did xxxx.

now being able to use the motion sensors as triggers would be nice, I havent looked into that but I dont believe you can at this time

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I'd say the API Nest brought out is a bit limited and I'm not sure I'd recommend the Nest be used directly due to this - but if the unit's own functionality (self learning, the feel good email every month) is what you want, it integrates quite well for simple control functions.

 

The lacking point is really that it goes silent when in away mode, so the ability to USE the Nest as a trigger for other purposes is limited at that point (for example, temperature/status reads to control integrate blinds to open/close making better use of the sun/blocking sun heating, a very nice energy savings issue the 'green' Nest doesn't really work for) - including for those that WANT to be able to manually (remotely) manage temperature in the house.

 

The Nest Protect is not affected by this mind you.

Note that this is purely due to Nest's API (possibly it's internal functionality) - which reminds me that I need to have a little chat with my 'works with Nest' contact.

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My system is set up to email me on colour change as well as smoke alarm (separate notifications). The notifications do not come in real time. They come when the protect checks in once a day.

I simulated a fire twice by blowing out a candle under it and the alarm sounds and the nest app notifies me but control4 won't notify me until it checks in which usually takes place in the middle of the night.

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  • 1 year later...

The Nest drivers do *no* polling.  There's no adjustment for more frequent polling, etc.

The Nest API offers 'REST Streaming', where a connection is kept open to Nest's API continuously.

The Control4 drivers fire events as soon as they get notification from Nest's API.

If the Nest API doesn't do real-time notifications on Protect events (as it appears may be the case), there's *nothing* Control4 can do about it.

Sorry.

RyanE

 

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