I'm new to Nest Protect, and am about to deploy quite a few of them. I just threw the first one on the ceiling but during configuration I learned that while you can set a custom room name, the device can't speak it. I will be placing devices in areas that will conflict for the spoken locations Hallway, Bedroom, and Office, and in two cases we're talking locations that are on opposite sides of the house, with children who sleep in those rooms on opposite sides of the house. Obviously I'd prefer to know which child is in danger by fire from just the verbal alert, so I can head that direction, as that was one of the main reasons I decided to bulk replace our existing interconnected legacy alarm system. I have a feeling there is no workaround but figured I'd check just in case. Even a mispronounced attempt at the room name would be good, or let me record and upload the alerts; odd this doesn't exist as a feature.
Thank you for taking the time in letting us know about your inquiry.
I'm sorry to hear you're having issues with labeling them individually, which would help you to tell which part of your house is giving you an alert. I understand they can be confusing, but I definitely wanted to stop by and see how I could help.
Have a look at this article and let us know if you need more help.
That article just states what we are discussing in this thread, namely the fact that "I learned that while you can set a custom room name, the device can't speak it" which I pointed out in my first post. Those of us who've spent quite a bit on money on numerous Nest Protect units are finding they are not well suited for such use cases; i.e. anyone who has more than one bedroom, hallway, office, garage, downstairs, upstairs, or similar areas that code requires have a smoke detector but which are not near each other in the house. I've got twelve units and three problems like this where a child's bedroom, a hallway, and a separate garage all exist on opposite sides of the house. This renders my Nest Protect network no better than my old interconnected alarms if a fire is in any of those three areas.
I'm sorry for the delayed response.
We hear you, @TampaNest. We're always looking for ways to improve, and we'd appreciate it if you could share your feedback on this feature. Please be assured that our team is working tirelessly to bring the best features to Google Nest devices.
Let us know if you have more questions in mind.
Just checking in to make sure that you've seen our responses. Please let me know if you have other questions or concerns as I will be locking this in 24 hours if I won't hear back from you again. Feel free to start a new thread and we'll be happy to help.
I appreciate the help, Mark and JT.