Nest Cameras Require WiFi to WorkWhile there are some security cameras that run without WiFi, a Nest camera isn't one of them. If you live in an area that doesn't have any access to WiFi, Nest cameras are not the right choice for your security or convenience. WiFi access depends on geographical location and whether a location has installed the proper cables and infrastructure to support WiFi. If you are moving to a small town or rural location but you need WiFi, you should investigate access before you move. Some small towns have invested in good WiFi as a benefit to their residents. Setting up municipal WiFi can be cost-prohibitive for some areas. If you have WiFi, but it is inconsistent, a Nest camera will work while the internet is on, but stop working when it is out. However, the camera will send you a message letting you know it's out. In that case, you will have to decide whether the convenience of a Nest camera is worth the inconvenience of your intermittent WiFi. You might need an auxiliary wired security system, too.
Why is My Nest Camera Offline?If you live alone or have small children, the convenience of a WiFi camera like the Nest can make you feel safe and secure. You can easily place Nest cameras in several rooms to keep an eye on kids, pets, or your front door. However, if you find your Nest camera not working, all of the convenience goes out the window. If that rarely happens, then dealing with resetting it isn't too much of a problem. But, if you are in an area that has poor or no WiFi, then the Nest camera isn't the right choice for you and your family.
The Nest Cam, in particular, doesn’t let you do anything from within the Nest app—it pretty much acts like the camera doesn’t even exist by giving you a “your camera is offline” message. You can’t even go in and look at past video recordings.WiFi is essential for the Nest camera to run. If your WiFi is spotty, so is the performance of your Nest camera. That makes it very inconvenient for you. Since the reason you bought the camera is to use it for security, not being able to work it most of the time isn't helpful or functional.
Reasons that your Nest camera isn't working:
- No WiFi
- Inconsistent WiFi
- Worn, damaged, or broken camera