Crime is a sad reality of modern life. There is no denying it, crime is a big issue these days, and it is necessary to give serious thought to your home security.
Some areas might be considered safe, but there is always an element of risk, especially if the house if unoccupied often. It is worth investing in a system that will give you protection as well as peace of mind when you are away from home.
Home security used to be quite a costly exercise. Fortunately, due to advances in technology and fierce competition between the many companies making security systems, the prices have come down dramatically and the quality of the equipment has improved exponentially.
There are some new, wireless, smart security systems on the market at the moment; the consumer is spoilt for choice.
We have looked at all the top systems available, read numerous consumer reports as well as customer reviews and feedback.
One of the newer products on the market is the Canary All-in-One Home Security Device. Let’s take a look.
Detailed Review of Canary All-in-One Home Security Device
The Canary is a smart looking and smart functioning security device. It will provide you with a compact, modern-looking device to monitor your home.
The Canary’s 1080p HD camera, 147-degree wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and high-quality audio pickup will unobtrusively live in your house and keep an eye on things for you. It sees all through the camera, picks up unusual noises and records everything as it happens.
The camera produces clear, high-quality images or video and the audio quality generated by the microphone is also of an excellent quality. Because the recordings are saved to the cloud, they will be available for viewing even if the Canary was stolen or destroyed. You can digitally zoom in to get a better view on either live viewing or recorded footage.
If it is activated and it picks up any unusual movement or noise, it will push a notification to your smartphone, Android or iOS. There you can view either a live feed or scroll back to what caused it to alert. If you are concerned, you can activate super loud 90+ dB siren or instantly contact a preset emergency services number that you have selected to report the issue.
It is a standalone product that connects to Wi-Fi (or Ethernet if necessary). It is simple to set up in a few minutes and is driven by an easy to use the app on your Android or iOS device.
It provides excellent security, and you will have the option to access the system through either a PIN, password, or, in the case of the iPhone, fingerprint recognition. You can also control numerous Canary devices through the app. These could be additional cameras in the same home or even at a secondary location such as business premises, holiday home or ageing relatives. The app can also be accessed from an Apple watch which can be very handy.
As an added security and health feature, the canary has something called HomeHealth Technology that will continuously measure the quality of the air in your home. It looks at the air quality, humidity and temperature and will give you feedback on how these factors may be affecting your health and that of your family.
It can detect Carbon Monoxide, ISO Butane, Ethanol, hydrogen as well as cigarette smoke. It will alert you to any sudden changes or dangerous levels of these elements in the air.
No Monthly Contracts
There is no installation fee or setup costs as well as no contract or monthly costs. The only exception is if you want to select more recording time, over and above the 24hrs of cloud storage that you get free.
It has a very sleek, modern look to it with excellent build quality. The Canary is available in three colours: white, black and silver.
How to Use it? – A Quick Guide
There is an adjustable sensitivity control that can be set to your preference to avoid too many unnecessary alerts. Even better is the smart technology that will learn as it is used and adapt accordingly. It will sense when you are nearby and auto arm itself when you are not. It also learns to distinguish between normal and unusual motion and sounds. This just makes it that much more convenient and easy to use.
The device has three settings. In armed mode, it will record all motion and unusual noise and send alerts to your mobile device according to the sensitivity settings you have selected. In the disarmed mode, it will continue to record sounds and motion but will not send any notifications. In private mode, it will not record anything, and the camera and microphone will be deactivated.
The modes can either be set manually or automatically when it detects you or one of the preset users. LED lights on the Canary will tell you what mode the device is in.
- Camera – HD Camera with 1080p image sensor
- Motion detection and top quality, automatic night vision
- Wide Field of View through the 147° wide-angle lens
- HomeHealth TechnologyTM to measure temperature, humidity and air quality
- Audio – high-quality microphone
- 90+ dB siren
- Power – 100-240v power supply
- Connectivity – 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), wired Ethernet, Bluetooth low energy
- Sensors – 3-axis accelerometer
- Ambient light
- Capacitive touch
- Security & Data Protection – Encrypted cloud storage, Secure web transfer (SSL/TLS)
- AES 256-bit data encryption
- Well priced
- Wide angle view
- No monthly costs or contracts
- Plug and play
- Good security settings
- Secure cloud storage
- User-friendly app
- HomeHealth Technology
- Loud alarm
- Smart self-learning
- No option to view footage on PC
- No two-way communication
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Given the features and benefits available, this is a well-priced device that will improve the security of your home and give you peace of mind when you are away from the property. It is easy to use and provides great quality video and audio that is securely stored in the cloud. The loud alarm is a great feature to use in the case of a breach in security. The air quality sensors are a bonus.
We would highly recommend this product to anyone wanting to improve their home security.