Just having a smoke alarm in your home isn’t enough, so if you want to go all-in with Nest Protect, you’ll need more than one device. Here’s how multiple defense units work together.

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The latest revision of the National Fire and Alarm Code NFPA 72 states that you must install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every sleeping area (such as the hallway), and on every level of the house, including the basement. Depending on the size of your home, this may mean you need a lot of smoke alarm.

So if you choose to use Nest Protects as a smoke alarm, you will need more than one. Here’s what you need to know about how they interact with each other during both downtime and real alarm.

Installing additional nest protection is quick and easy

Setting up your first Nest Protect is not at all time consuming, but Nest makes it even easier to add additional units. The Nest app automatically applies the settings from your first Nest Protect to any additional devices you set up.

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However, this means you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection and the Nest app to set up multiple devices and connect them to each other. It’s not too big of an issue though. You probably don’t buy Nest Protects if you don’t have Wi-Fi, but that’s something to at least keep in mind. The good news is that once installed, Nest Protect devices do not necessarily need an active Wi-Fi connection to communicate with each other, which is discussed in the next section.

They all talk to each other wirelessly

The great thing about Nest Protect is that they can connect to each other when you install additional units around your home, which is not only convenient but can be a real life-saver.

When all of your Nest Protects are up and running, they create their own wireless network that allows them to connect. Whenever one device detects smoke and disables the alarm, the rest of the devices in your home are also disabled.

And because they create their own wireless network, the Nest Protect devices won’t disconnect from each other if your home’s Wi-Fi network ever goes down — they’ll still be linked together and will disconnect if either of them detects smoke. You can even connect 1st and 2nd generation nest protectors together.

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However, one thing to keep in mind is that even if you get a wired version of the Nest Protect, they will still connect to each other wirelessly. So there’s not a huge benefit to wired models other than the need to change batteries frequently.

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