My favorite security cameras for my home are the Google Nest cameras.
They are not only affordable, but they also offer a wide range of features and options.
If your wireless internet fails, what will happen to these cameras? I will walk you through the process.
Can the Nest camera be used without Internet access?
Nest cameras require Wi-Fi or an Internet connection to function. Your Google Nest camera will not function properly if your WiFi is down or inconsistent. The fact that it may not work does not mean you are helpless. It is possible to restore your WiFi and these cameras to working order by following a few troubleshooting steps.
Because Google Nest cameras require WiFi to function properly, you may be concerned about what will happen if you lose your internet connection.
I will let you know when this occurs and what you can do to remedy the situation.
Nest cameras and a dead WiFi connection
In terms of capturing footage, storing it on the cloud, and allowing you to view it from your phone or another device, Google Nest security cameras are amazing.
When your WiFi connection is down, some security cameras provide backup storage.
Nest unfortunately does not provide this feature.
The Nest camera will not function if the WiFi is down, however you may wonder what exactly happens and how you will know if it is down.
Once these cameras are turned off, I will inform you exactly what happens.
Notification of the decision
What are the symptoms of your Nest camera being offline? Fortunately, you will not be left in the dark.
A notification will be sent to your phone regarding the fact that the camera is not working.
You may not receive this message if your notification settings are disabled. Please make sure your notification settings are active.
You will receive this notification if the camera is not connected to the Internet.
You will also receive a picture of the very last thing that was captured by the camera before it died. It is advantageous as it allows you to see if anyone is interfering with the camera.
Recordings from the past
It is possible that you would like to know if you can access the camera and view past recordings while the WiFi is down.
It surprised me to see that past recordings cannot be accessed if your WiFi is unavailable.
The Nest app will only display an error message that indicates that the WiFi is unavailable.
Nothing from the camera can be viewed, including previous recordings, saved images, or anything else.
WiFi that is unstable or unreliable
If your WiFi connection is weak or intermittent, what happens? Your experience will be similar to that of being without WiFi.
For Nest cameras to function properly, they require constant wireless connectivity.
As soon as the WiFi connection is lost or the signal becomes weak, the camera will stop working.
Not only that, but I also found it quite irritating to receive numerous notifications whenever the camera died.
Steps to troubleshoot
A Nest camera without WiFi is essentially a paperweight.
As long as the WiFi is not working, they do nothing.
It is usually the router itself that is causing the problem; however, the camera may also be responsible.
To resolve this issue, I will take you through the troubleshooting steps.
Following all these steps should result in your WiFi being operational again very quickly.
The modem or router should be restarted
In the first instance, you should reboot your modem or router.
Turn the router off by pressing the power button.
Allow it to remain off for approximately two minutes. When the router begins to operate, turn it back on.
Usually, this takes only a few minutes.
The Nest app can be used to determine whether the camera is working again.
The connected device can also be loaded with a web browser and navigated to a random website.
If the WiFi is functioning, the website will load.
In addition to restarting your router, you may also need to restart any WiFi extenders in your home.
Start the Nest Cam by pressing the power button
Restarting your router may be helpful if your internet connection isn’t working correctly. To begin, disconnect the power cable from the Nest camera.
Do not plug the device back in until you have waited at least 10 seconds.
It may take a few minutes for the camera to turn green, but at that point, you should see it. When this happens, the camera is operational again.
Test the connection with your smartphone to determine whether the camera is receiving the WiFi signal.
Configuration of the router
When your WiFi is functioning correctly, the router settings themselves may be preventing the connection.
When this occurs, the camera will not function at all from the start or will cease to function when you change the settings.
The following settings should be checked: firewall, parental controls, and active devices.
There is some variation among routers, but you can usually access these settings via the Start menu of your computer.
Type in “firewall” or “parental controls.” You will be directed to the appropriate function after doing so.
Please review the settings and determine if any of them are interfering with the connection.
The occurrence of this problem is extremely rare.
If you have recently modified any settings, it may be a good idea to reverse them.
Check the speed of your computer
An internet speed test measures the download and upload speeds of your home’s internet connection.
You will be able to see how well your network operates as a result of this.
WiFi speeds may be significantly lower than they normally are for a variety of reasons.
Depending on the cause, your wireless network may be congested for several reasons, including too many devices connected to the network, a malfunctioning router, or other factors.
Following this, you can investigate the issue further to determine what is causing the decrease in speed.
Find a program that allows you to test the speed of your computer online.
In addition, many apps perform this function.
The Internet provider should be contacted
In some cases, your WiFi may not work due to factors beyond your control.
If this is the case, you may be able to resolve the problem by contacting your internet service provider.
Frequently, the provider can resolve the issue on their end. If they are unable to do so, they can generally inform you why the problem exists.
They may be working on a tower that is out.
Since everything else is quick and easy, I usually save this step for the end.
You may need to wait for a representative to become available since most internet providers are extremely busy.