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Canary – All-in-One Home Security Device

The Canary – All-in-One Home Security Device bills itself as an all-in-one home monitoring system that comes with useful features for your home safety. The surveillance camera is packed with multiple sensors and a 1080p camera that starts recording events with a slight detection of motion.

LIVE VIDEO STREAM

It allows you to stream the videos live to your smartphone with a 147-degree view and monitors the temperature, humidity levels and air quality in your home. The system is easy to set up as compared to wired systems since it depends heavily on your smartphone and some built-in sensors. The Canary app is compatible with iOS and Android operating systems. All systems are set to go after going through the setup wizard. It comes with three operating modes; armed, disarmed and privacy. The device has all systems set to allow you monitor your home from the comfort of your smartphone while at work.

Design and Features

The Canary – All-in-One Home Security Device is a small tower unit that comes in a range of colors including silver, black or white to suit your home décor. The cylindrical system measures 3 inches in diameter and 6 inches high and weighs a mere 0.87 pounds thus you can easily move it and place it anywhere in the house be it in the living room, kitchen or even bedroom. There is a glossy black panel on the front where the 147-degree viewing angle1080p camera is located. The camera has a 3x zoom and there are 12 infrared LEDs for night vision with a range of up to 25 feet. Canary’s competitor the Piper nv comes with a similar 1080p camera but it is well endowed with a 180 degree wide viewing angle, tilt capability and a 10x zoom.

The canary features standard connectivity options including a micro USB port, and an Ethernet port on the rear of the device. There is a port in location for connecting the camera and a smartphone. Wireless Internet connectivity is also available by way of an 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter. You will find an LED ring under the camera that glows solid red to show that the camera is offline and blinks red when it is searching for a network connection. When it is armed, the canary glows with a solid green light while in the disarmed mode it glows with a yellow light. The privacy mode will switch it to sleep and end all video and audio recording. The system comes with a 90 db siren that is loud enough to scare away would-be intruders and a one way audio microphone so that you can get to hear all that is happening in the house.

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SET UP

The process of setting up the canary is not a daunting task, all you need to do is to power it, plug your smartphone and enter your Wi-Fi information into the application. The canary connects with your smartphone using the included yellow cable that plugs into the headphone jack. The device will then get to record the information you enter into the app. Once the device has connected with your Wi-Fi network, the system is up and running.

Performance

The Canary – All-in-One Home Security Device has three operating modes including Armed, disarmed and privacy. It starts to record videos and audio with the detection of motion when it is in armed mode. The system uses the geolocation data of your phone to determine whether you are away or at home to adjust the mode appropriately. Your location enables the system to auto-locate the phone numbers for emergency responders within your area including fire, ambulance and the police. As such, you can reach them whenever you want to by just pressing a button on your smartphone or trigger the siren. The canary arms itself the moment the last person registered to the system leaves the house. Notably, it is important not to register many devices with the canary mobile app because if you forget one of the registered devices in the house, it will disarm the system.

The Canary boasts of a 1080p camera that delivers crisp videos when streaming. The camera records bold colored videos during the day and delivers well-lit black and white videos with sharp images thanks to the night vision ability of the system. The motion sensor embedded in the canary works flawlessly despite the fact that it is very sensitive thus can raise a false alarm even with a slight motion. The device embraces geo-fencing technology or auto mode switching that works perfectly by detecting a registered smartphone within a particular range. It arms the canary the moment you leave the house and disarm it the moment you are back into the house. As such, you don’t have to come disarm the device the moment you are back into the house, it will detect and disarm it automatically.

The device goes a step further to offer an evaluation of your home environment. It comes equipped with sensors that can monitor humidity, temperature and air quality. The quality air sensor can detect cigarette smoke, ethanol, hydrogen, carbon monoxide and ISO Butane. The reporting tool does not identify any of the gasses but you shall be able to see on your smartphone a graph that ranges between Normal, abnormal and very abnormal. The Nest Cam Indoor security camera has a more powerful sensor that is dedicated to detecting carbon monoxide and smoke thus more efficient in raising an alarm in case of a fire outbreak in the house. The humidity sensor is also very sensitive thus helping you to regulate the humidity in your house by use of a dehumidifier.

The security system comes with a basic monitoring plan that allows you to store up to 12 hours of video history. Canary’s cloud space allows users to save five clips for free and get to directly download up to three clips on any smartphone. However, if you need enough back up for your videos, Canary offers three paid plans to choose from for subscription.

Final Word

The Canary – All-in-One Home Security Device is a strong and reliable wireless device with decent features for home security. This gizmo comes packed with a sharp 1080p imagery, keeps track of the air quality, humidity levels and room temperature in your home. The 90db siren is also loud enough with the motion sensor being very sensitive to detect any movement in the house. It further offers instantaneous mobile alerts to your smartphone and all other members of the house that have the app installed in their phones hence you don’t have to worry about your home safety while at the office. If you want to improve your home security and not worried about spending more bucks, the Canary Smart All in one Home Security Device is worth your consideration.

PROS:

  • Crisp 1080p video quality
  • Auto on/off features
  • Multiple sensors

CONS:

  • Pricey subscription options
  • No local storage
  • Regular false recognition/alerts
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