Google’s next generation smart home speakers has arrived with the Nest Audio. The completely redesigned hardware is a full-sized speaker with all around better sound performance. It also marks the unofficial replacement of the Google Home, but carries forward and improves upon its functionality.
You can check out Erin Lawrence’s full review of the hardware and how its improved audio performs. We’ll be looking at how to control your smart home with Nest Audio and link smart devices. Google has a lengthy compatible hardware list and with their set up assist via the Google Home App setup is quick and easy. After following the setup steps below, Nest Audio will automatically recognize most devices on your home network.
The first step setting up the Nest Audio is to make sure you have the Google Home App downloaded to your iOS or Android device. The app is required to set everything up from streaming audio to smart home management. Log into the app with your Gmail account and you’ll be ready to get started. It might sound complicated to get up and running, but the app really takes a lot of guesswork out of the process and is very intuitive.
Straight out of the box there isn’t much to setup, it’s simply a matter of picking a spot for the Nest Audio and using the included power cord to plug in and get started.
Once the unit is powered on, a start-up chime will signal the device is ready for configuration.
Ensure your wi-fi and Bluetooth are enabled on your Android or iOS device. Next, use the Google Home app to add the Nest Audio. Open the app and press the “+” symbol and on the next screen select, “+ Set up device” and then “Set up new devices in your home” after this step the app should automatically find your Nest Audio.
Next you’ll go through various set up prompts and need to respond to audio queues to ensure the device is working. Add a location for the device from the menu, or a custom location by adding your own name (this option is at the bottom of the menu). I have been using my Nest Audio in my kitchen, so I’ve added that nickname.
Once the speaker’s initial setup is complete, you’ll be ready to start adding smart devices on your home network.
Once your Nest Audio is connected to your home network and initial setup is complete, you’ll be ready to start adding devices. There are two ways to add compatible smart devices, the first is automatic shortcuts and the second is manually adding them. Once the Nest Audio is on your home network it will auto detect smart devices that it can work with. These will all appear across the top of your screen, if you have multiple devices you can swipe left to see all the options.
If you don’t see the device in the shortcuts you can manually add it. To do this, navigate from the home screen and select the little cog, to enter the Settings. Next, scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and select “Works with Google.” You’ll be presented with a list of hundreds of options for compatible devices. From here select the device you are looking to add, input your login for that particular device and it will be linked to your Nest Audio.
Next you can name the device and assign it to a room to keep things organized and easy to reference in future.
I added my Philips Hue kitchen set of lights and now I able to turn the lights on and off with a simple voice command. I was also able to add my Ecobee thermostat to turn the temperature up or down with a simple command, “Hey Google, turn the temperature up.”
Once you have completed the initial setup of the Nest Audio, adding smart devices is fast and easy. They also all follow the steps above in order to add them to your smart speaker – search, select, login and add to your home environment.
Along with compatibility with hundreds of devices the Nest Audio acts as a smart assistant.
If you are unfamiliar with this concept a smart digital assistant can help with voice-based searches, cast media, deliver news and more. It even has its own sense of humor, ask “Hey Google, tell me a joke!” for some fun.
In addition to smart home control you also get a lot of hands-free help from Google Assistant. It can also act as a translator, set alarms, do math and conversions (which is especially helpful in the kitchen!)
Following the steps above Nest Audio should now be connected to your smart home devices. The added convenience of voice commands really helps to bring your smart home tech inline in one small but powerful package.
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