I have a pair of Nest Cams mounted on the house - they're 5 years old. The wire sheath from the USB->Cam half of the cord has totally disintegrated. For a product that is marketed as outdoor -- and certainly for a security camera -- this seems like a major quality issue. I understand that these things can't be warrantied forever but at the same time, if the tires fell off of my car after 5 years I think I'd be looking for a recall. Google Nest really cut corners here with the construction. I'm disappointed.
It was in partial sunlight. As Jimmy said, this is rated for outdoor use.. there is no reason for it to disintegrate like that. The other half of the cabling from USB -> AC adapter is just fine because it has a proper jacket.
Yes the camera is rated for outdoors and weather exposure but I doubt the cable is. The jacket material is not that durable and sunlight exposure will take its toll. Proper installation should include wire loom if the exposed length is excessive, like a foot or more. A couple inches exposed with the camera mounted under an eve will not deteriorate that bad in 5 years IMO and experience. The pic posted above shows more than a couple inches having been exposed, and after 5 years...its no surprise it looks like it does.
Take it for what its worth. Though I say what I did based on personal experience and knowledge.
In case anyone cares, here is Google's official response. I guess I'll be buying Ring products from now on.
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I checked the serial number however the camera is out of warranty for almost 5 years so this will not qualify for warranty exchange.
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Yes, I still have concerns. My concern is that you are marketing an indoor camera as an outdoor camera. If the camera is not constructed to remain outdoors, what exactly are you selling here? If the tires on my car disintegrated after three years of use, I'd be filing a class-action suit against the manufacturer. The Amazon reviews for this camera are full of photos just like mine. This is clearly a manufacturer defect.
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I didn't ask for a replacement in my response, and yes I am eminently aware that the device is out of warranty. You asked if I had "any further questions or concerns", and I answered your question. To be more direct, I'd frankly just appreciate someone from the Nest group admitting that yes, they do have a very serious problem with the build quality of the Nest outdoor camera here and not hiding behind "sorry it is out of warranty".
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