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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1084 reviews

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly What I Was Looking For

    Posted
    Bill

    A really useful and innovative product - solves home security & monitoring in a simple-to-use device. Everything is controlled via smartphone. Very easy to set up. High quality device & very impressive app. I bought a Canary after seeing it in use in this reddit post which caught a live burglary: https://www.reddit.com/r/nyc/comments/3kyoev/caught_on_my_canary_camera_watch_these_two_guys/ Been using the device since the weekend and I am very impressed. Fits a huge hole for someone looking for some sort of home security device, but aren’t interested in the large traditional systems where you need to punch a code in or the alarm sounds. By far the smartphone integration is the best feature - the device is controlled exclusively through the app (I use an android) - you can log in to check out your timeline, take a look at the live camera from anywhere, and even sound the alarm remotely. The device is intelligent and notifies you of any activity when you’re not there through your cell phone, like a text message, delivering the video. Very responsive - I tested this out by arming the device and then entering the front door - I received an alert exactly 13 seconds later (!!!!). Huge plus is the lack of a monthly subscription fee. I am exhausted by subscriptions recently - Netflix, MLB, Google Apps, portfolio software - so this is a plus from the consumer standpoint. Back to why I didn’t want to sign up with traditional security. Set up was very easy - literally plug and play. Downloading the app leads you to a brief registration phase, and then connect the Canary device to your smartphone via cable. The phone updates the firmware for the Canary, connects the Canary to your wifi, and then links your account and you’re good to go. I found a spot in my living room where I could hide the Canary behind a few candles - a few moments later and you’re recording live video of the entire room. Video quality is bright & easy to see - looks like a high-quality Youtube video. Clicking on “live feed” brings up what the device is currently seeing - looks like there is about a 10-second lag between the Canary uploading the video and it relaying to your phone. There appear to be three modes - privacy, disarmed, and armed. Arming the device happens with a click on the app. I tested the device over the weekend - left my house to mow the lawn, then armed the device. “Broke” into the the house and 13 seconds later and I get a buzz - activity detected. I watch the video and of course it’s me. The response time - 13 seconds between opening the door and my phone buzzing - is very impressive. The video is stored online after recording, so if an intruder covers up or breaks the device, it’s too late - the image of them doing so is recorded off into the cloud for easy retrieval. I suppose the only thing that I’m worried about is that my pets (two cats) will set the device off early and often. Reading through the FAQs, there is a “learning” capability in the system, in that it recognizes routine behavior in time and adjusts for it. It’s not clear to me how long this takes. Overall, I like it a lot. Definitely a useful product. Fits a need for me - I’m not really interested in a large security system, and the costs/fees associated with it, and for basic entry detection the Canary device is really cool. In summary, the video monitoring is simple & doesn’t require a lot of setup or user input. High video quality. The motion sensor definitely picked me up easily when I entered the house, and I received a notice literally 13 seconds later. Connectivity to my phone is the most impressive part of the experience - if I have my cell phone on me 24/7 I can connect at any time to what is going on in my house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nifty device, getting better

    Posted
    Waterdipper
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    I'm going to say up front, I really like this product and have no regrets purchasing it. That being said, as with any product, there are start-up blips and things that could be better. The unit was easy to install - just follow the directions and you should be up and running in less than 20 minutes, assuming you have a good strong WiFi signal or can link the unit to your router by Ethernet cable. The functionality of Canary is almost excellent - high quality video image (but see below), simple operation that works pretty much as advertised. The unit also monitors and records the last ~24 hours of temperature, humidity, and air quality at the location of the unit. This could be useful means of detecting a problem with your HVAC/air handling system when you're away. The air quality function is interesting, but they need more info on how to interpret it. Activation of the different modes (see below) is based on detection or absence of occupants (really, their cell phones) who have been registered and paired with the Canary unit. These operations are controlled via a cell phone App that has been somewhat less than excellent (mine is the iPhone version). The App has not always automatically updated the presence of all registered occupants (I will refer to "all registered occupants" simply as "occupants" from here on) when one or more has been away and comes home. Eventually it does, usually once I do something in the App, like open the icon for that person, or just touch the Mode setting button. Sometimes there's a delay in seeing a list of detected events for the current day. This hasn't been a big problem, but it should be able to update itself without me having to do anything. Another problem that doesn't occur often, but does occur, is the unit sometimes has frozen and had to be rebooted to function or communicate properly (such as detecting the presence of occupants) and update associated event records. The couple of times I've activated a "help ticket" for a problem or question, I've gotten responses within 24 hours. There is an FAQ section that seems to be expanding, and thus improving with time. But don't try to phone - no phone # provided. There are three mode settings: privacy (camera and mic are off, no watch-live function); disarmed (camera & mic are active and will record if and when motion is detected, but will not send alerts, watch-live enabled), and armed (motion activates recording, sends an alert, watch-live enabled, you can also activate the siren through the App &/or call the police). To avoid a lot of unnecessary recording activity, the unit can be set to automatically switch to a selected default mode, such as privacy, when at least one occupant is home and automatically switch to the armed mode when none of the occupants are detected. You can also set this to manual, so the system will not activate when no occupants are present unless you activate it through the App. This is useful if you have visitors staying who are not registered to the system, but whom may be present when all (registered) occupants are out, so it doesn't send you alerts and record what they're doing. Motion detection is a bit sensitive - it definitely detects when people enter the frame, but it also detects "activity" when there in no obvious motion in the resulting video record. There is a learning function that allows you to enter the types of things that were present in the video, e.g., shadows, sunlight, reflections, computer & TV screens, pets, people, etc. I don't know how long it takes to desensitize itself or how it works to filter these none-threat things, such as pets. Video quality is excellent in daylight or under reasonable room-lighting conditions at night. The quality seems to deteriorate slightly under low-light/dark-of-night/night-vision conditions. Deterioration is not bad, but distant objects (more than ~10-12 feet) are grainy; I'm not sure how clearly recognizable a distant person would be under those conditions, but if they came close enough to the Canary unit they would be pretty clear, even at low light. This is not unusual - same deterioration happens with most digital cameras under the same type of conditions. There is also a light ring at the bottom that activates when in the disarmed or armed mode, which tells you (and anyone else who notices) that the unit is in a recording mode. It changes color and/or blinks to alert you to connection problems. One problem associated with this light ring is that if the Canary unit is on a shiny surface (such as on top of a refrigerator) I think the light reduces the night-vision of the unit under dark-room conditions. Light from the ring reflects off nearby surfaces and (in my opinion) reduces the low-light sensitivity of the camera, albeit slightly. This mainly affects the ability to see movements and objects in darker areas furthest from the unit (>15-20 feet away, depending on actual low-light conditions). When you first activate your account, you're automatically placed in a trial service plan that would normally cost ~$10 per month, but is initially free. I don't know how long the free trial lasts, but I'm guessing 30 days. There are also more expensive fee plans. The free trial plan saves up to 7 days of records and allows you to store up to 50 selected video clips. The standard always-free plan only saves the last 12 hours of records and store only up to 5 clips. All records and video clips are saved on a Canary-provided Internet website, not locally, and not on your cell phone. I wish the free plan would keep 24 hours of records - 12 hours seems a bit short and makes it much easier to miss and lose a detection event, especially if you're out of WiFi and cell data range for a while (my guess is this is designed to push you towards a monthly fee plan). Assuming you've got one or the other, you should receive an alert by email or text as soon as an alarmed activation occurs and thus, the record will be available. However, say you get an alert, check the record, and discover someone who shouldn't be there. You can phone the police (Emergency #'s for your Canary location are automatically listed) and save the video to your Canary account so it doesn't get removed after 12 hours, but you have no way to send it to the police. And you can't save it to your cell phone. That doesn't help if you're on a trip, days to weeks from coming home. My understanding is that the Canary team is constantly working to improve the product, so I assume it will get even better with time. For the most part issues have been minor and overall, the product may be an excellent alternative to expensive home security monitoring services. I'd suggest anyone interested in this device check the website and read through their FAQs and also the trouble-shooting documents, as they provide a lot of insight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for anyone that wants extra security!!

    Posted
    briko
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought a Canary around 4 weeks ago and have been using it ever since. The first thing I will say is that the setup/installation of the Canary device was by far, the most user-friendly experience of any installation that I have ever performed. It was as simple as signing up for an account, connecting a yellow 2.5mm cable to my phone and setting the Canary to connect to the internet. Kudos to Canary for making a device that anyone and everyone can configure so easily!! One of the most important aspects of the canary is the video. All I can say is that they weren’t exaggerating about how amazing the video quality looks and how wide the camera angle is. For me to set this up in my home, I had to put it in my basement to watch the door that goes outside and the door going to the garage. With strategic placement of the Canary device, I am also able to see the stairs going up to the main floor and this is very convenient to see all at once, with only one device. The results are that I can see when my dog goes upstairs/downstairs and all the action that happens in between. I am also able to see anybody that walks in from the outside or garage as well. It has a sensor that will turn on when it detects movement, which is very reassuring. Another impressive thing worth noting is that at night, I can very clearly see when my dog walks around in the basement, even when the lights are turned off. The night vision works as well as Canary claims. The sound is clear and crisp, for example, when my dog goes downstairs, I can hear her collar making noise, so not only does the Canary provide exceptional video, but it also provides great sound to go with it. I haven’t talked about the design yet, which is sleek and well thought out from the size to the shape - it literally looks like a little speaker or maybe an air freshener. It blends right into the décor and doesn’t stand out as a camera. It’s funny because it looks like it belongs exactly where I have it. It does not look like a security device in any shape or form. The siren is loud (as it should be to scare off potential intruders/criminals) and works well. I don’t use the alarm when the dog is in the house, but thanks to the app, when I go out with my dog, it only takes 30 seconds to turn on the siren feature through the app. The Home Health technology is a nice touch and it reports on temperature, humidity and air quality. I can confirm that the temperature and humidity levels are accurate because I also have a weather device next to my Canary device to measure the accuracy of how well it reads the temperature and humidity. Since I have only had the device for 1 month, I am still baselining the air quality in the basement. The last thing I want to talk about is the app that controls the device. The app works great, displays the videos in high quality and is fast. Canary really did an excellent job on the app. The one disappointing thing for me that is currently missing is an app for Windows devices. I am personally a Microsoft Windows consumer who uses a Windows Phone, computer and tablet. I do have an iPhone too and that is what I am using to control and view the videos on the canary at the moment, but I really hope Canary will develop an app for Windows in the near future. I am going on vacation shortly and I can’t wait to turn on the siren and check daily or wait until I get a notification that Canary sensed something, so that I can get the complete user experience for this amazing product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Peace of Mind in a Box!

    Posted
    RubyTusdae

    I am so happy to have the Canary in my home. I feel so much safer and I have found that it works extremely well. It learns over time how people in the house come and go and the movement in the house, so the many alerts in the beginning decrease as you interact with the app by flagging video's and alerting the app that everything is fine. The camera is very sensitive so at first my cat was setting off the alerts like CRAZY! I was very impressed that it picked up such small movement! Since working with the app though, those alerts have slowed and I don't get 10 alerts during the night from my cat running around like crazy. The set-up was very easy and quick. I had it set up in less than 5 minutes. Once I set my location it also set emergency numbers which were my local police department, emergency medical services and the fire department! I was very grateful for that! You can also add the members in your home by clicking the plus in the app next to your picture and sending them an invite. Another great feature is that you can watch live what's going on in your home. So say you do get an alert and want to know what is happening, click Watch Live and there it is. I noticed a slight time lag, but I expected that. It is only a few second lag as to what is happening at the moment. The camera is a 1080p HD camera with a 147° angle lens and has night vision and motion detection. The camera quality is quite impressive for the small device that it is (6 inches high, 3 inches around). Along with a great camera it has a high quality microphone and a built in speaker. There is a 90+ dB siren as well that you can set off from the app. The Canary also tells you the temperature, humidity and air quality of your home, which I find pretty useful. I am glad to know the air quality in my home is very good and know when to turn on my AC because it is getting humid in the house. I am so happy they have come up with a security system for those of us who live in apartments! I am a worrier and this has helped give me peace of mind with no monthly fee's! It is very affordable and so worth my family's safety. *I received this product free for testing and review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good to reassure you when you can't be home

    Posted
    JoaquinNYC

    My girlfriend got one of the first Canary systems and I've come to really like it. I studied electrical engineering, so I'm a little bit wary of early versions of a consumer electronics product, but the Canary has made a great impression on me so far. We live in an apartment building with a lot of other tenants in New York, so it's reassuring to know when we're not at home that we'll be notified should anyone ever try to enter the apartment. Whenever both of us have left home, it auto-arms, which means that it records any type of motion or unusual occurrence, and sends an alert to the app on our phones. Knowing that we'd be notified should anything be amiss at home was good when we traveled recently, along with the "Watch Live" feature that lets us check in at home at any time. I also rather like the design of it. It sits on a shelf close to the entrance which reflects the yellow glow when it's in disarmed mode. Once international shipping opens I want to get my sister in Spain one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great security system that is expandable.

    Posted
    Woks

    Just recently purchased Canary. I have heard a lot of good things on other review sites and in the news so i thought i'd give it a try. I can't stop raving about this little device. Here's my take. Packaging - very Apple-esque. Simplistic, modern, straight forward. couldn't have been better. The device blends in with almost any decor, looks and feels very sturdy, and can be placed discretely. Installation - Could not have been any easier. Had the unit up and running in just a few minutes. No busy manual to read. Just download the free iphone app and it walks you through all the steps. From setting up your canary account to hooking up to your WiFi network, to adding additional members....this could not be more simple. even my parents found it very easy to follow. which brings me to the added benefit of this. its simple set up is great for parents or the technically naive. User interface - very slick and easy to follow. The device works just as advertised. It allows me to monitor my home while i am away. Allows me to alarm and disarm as needed and watch my home as needed. i have the option of remotely sounding the alarm or deactivating. Best part, i can add additional family members to the device so that it can automatically deactivate when they come home. I have had ADT in the past and although, it provides a monitored service (i was told that this is/will be an option with Canary as well), i don't have ridiculous fees to pay each month. Plus, any video surveillance add on for ADT is so much more expensive. With Canary, i can a add a few to cover different parts of my home. No need for hard wiring! One of the best features is it can be used as a nanny cam. many nanny cams from the babies store are limited in its functions, expensive, or limited on its channels for use. this works perfect as a nanny cam. and since it is so small, i can take it to the grandparents and still be watching them when i need to. Overall, a great smart security device without the hassle of hard wiring or monthly costs!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BUSTED!

    Posted
    Tony

    We love our Canary! We purchased it about a month ago and set it up right away. The setup was very easy and we were up and running in no time. And then three weeks after it was installed, we were robbed. Three men broke into our home while we were away. The Canary did its job and captured their every word and movement. I contacted the police as well as Canary Support. The Canary Rep was wonderful. They were very sympathetic to our situation and walked us through bookmarking and downloading the footage (we wanted to make sure we didn't screw something up during the process). The police arrived and we showed them the footage. They were impressed to say the least. The quality of the image as well as the audio was beyond their expectations for a home security camera. THANK YOU Canary! The robbers were arrested that night! Because of the quality video of your product, police had no problem identifying and charging these thugs with felony charges. We could not be happier with our decision to purchase a Canary! Thank You So Much. – a customer for life, Tony (Michigan, USA)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great device for monitoring

    Posted
    Muriel

    We have had Canary for almost a month now, and the bottom line is that we are so far very happy with the product. For full disclosure, we mainly use it as a way to track what our young dog is doing during the day, and if he's getting himself into trouble. We used to have to put him into a crate while we are gone because he would make a mess otherwise, but now we allow him to roam in the main room, and we feel much less guilty about leaving him while going to work now. We check it multiple times a day and it works very well for our needs. The pros: We were pleasantly surprised by how easy the set up was, the high quality of the video, the relatively short lag time, and the room quality measurement features. When we got the device it took us barely 15 minutes to get it working. Its small and very portable so you can test many locations to set it up in. You can zoom into the video and get a pretty high level of detail; the camera can pick up our dog's movement 18 feet away. If you have a high speed internet, the camera is able to stream live with only a few seconds delay. We particularly like the air quality feature as it seems quite sensitive. It can pick up a spike in poor air quality right when I start cooking. The cons: Not many, just a couple of things that people should be aware of. If you have a slow internet connection this will not work nearly as seamlessly as it sometimes will not stream if the connection is bad. In addition, the air quality metric would be much more useful if it told exactly what was abnormal or not. Overall, if you are buying this to monitor your home while away, it is a great device. I have been recommending to anyone in a similar situation as us!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EASY AND SECURE

    Posted
    ShermanAudio
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    The Canary sings.... Yes, this All-in-one Wireless Security Device offers proximity Presence Geo-Fencing. My suggestion is to use the medium radius, it faults less. The unit is self contained with an easy wall adapter. A few commands and the unit is connected to your WiFi, you can also Patch it into your Switch or Router. There is an advantage to paying the low yearly fee, you can remote in from any PC. Canary paired Smart_Phone users now have a time stamped departure and arrival log, FWIW, good for small businesses. The light adjusting camera lens covers a good view. I enjoyed the two way audio feature. If you are looking for an easy all-in-one Swiss knife kind of security device, this one cannot be beat. The Canary also films into the Cloud, so video is never lost even if the device gets destroyed. The security is silent so you know and the thief walks around. You can remotely activate the siren from your Smart Phone app and speak into the microphone if you wish that Police is on the way. I was looking for something like the Canary, simple, single Box, IP, Ethernet Port, Temp, Humidity, Air Quality, Video Intercom. Take my word, this Canary has the features packed into a single simple product. Brilliant execution. Good product development. Bravo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple and effective home security system

    Posted
    JCC1

    I got my Canary several months ago. My wife and I moved from a house with an integrated security system to a new home with no security system. I wanted something that was simple and with no long term monitoring contract, which was the case with the integrated security system at the old house. I looked at multiple systems, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. As is the case with most reviews, each system had its mix of good and bad reviews, so it was difficult to decide which way to go. I liked the simplistic, non-obtrusive look of the Canary. Setup was simple and easy. It connected to my wireless network without difficulty. The iOS app also worked flawlessly. Initially, I did have some issues with false alarms associated with the transition from infrared night vision to camera day vision, but with the firmware updates, this has resolved. I had to position the device so that it did not alarm due to the motion of my ceiling fan, but this hasn’t been a big issue and I hope this will be fixed soon. My wife and I like the automatic arming and disarming feature when we leave or return home. I’ve been impressed with the quality of the camera on the device, especially the infrared images. We can be gone from the house for up to a couple weeks at a time and I enjoy being able to check on the house periodically while I’m away. I like the ability to monitor the temperature and air quality in the house as well. The Canary is perfect for this. Given the other options for a simple and effective home security system at a reasonable cost and no mandatory long term monitoring contracts, the Canary is one of the best ones that I’ve found. I am pleased with it and would highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Canary saved my marriage

    Posted
    orangeadder

    Okay, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement. My marriage is still on the rocks. HOWEVER: The sheer quality of the device's video, combined with the app, makes this thing way more useful than I had originally thought. I bought it for security purposes, but the lady and I were hooked on it from the jump and began brainstorming how else to use it: We home-brewed our very own b-movie version of Paranormal Activity. Guest starring Puppington the Boston Terrier as "Demon Covered In Blanket Walking Around Aimlessly". We leave it "armed" all the time so that when one of us gets home before the other, we jump in front of it and do a silly dance, which then pings the other person to watch via the app. One time I did a very serious dance, which the device had no trouble recording despite how serious it was. Lastly, I used it to prank my mother when she stayed at our house this weekend. The app pinged me while I was out to show that she walked into the kitchen and had failed at trying to open a closet door, so I called her from a phone at work and said in my best Christian Bale Batman voice, "THE CLOSET OPENS UP THE VERY GATES OF HELL! DO NOT TAMPER IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE GODS!" Overall, 5 stars for sure. Awesome system. I can't wait for someone to rob me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome little device!

    Posted
    TimS

    I've been using my Canary (the black version) for about 2 months now and couldn't be happier! I was able to set it up in under 5 minutes without any issues and haven't had any problems with it since. Especially considering that my home wi-fi network seems plagued with issues that require me to fully restart my other various devices (desktop, laptop, etc.) to reestablish the wi-fi connection, I'm amazed that I've never had to anything similar with my Canary running on the same shoddy network. It just works. I'm an urban apartment dweller, so this tiny device is perfect for me. Where a full-scale, professionally-installed security system would be overkill (and probably not allowed by my lease) Canary does everything I'd want and then some. I'm also a cat owner, so it's great to be able to check in on him when I'm away for the night or a day or more. Being able to see air quality, temp and humidity info, plus watch a live, clear video stream regardless of lighting conditions is simply amazing, and I love that it can tell when I've left my apt and put itself into armed mode accordingly. I'm also an occasional traveler, so if I'm gone for a few days it's a huge weight off my shoulders to know that everything is fine at home. Did I leave the oven on? Did my air conditioner die in 100+ degree weather and turn my cat into a melted puddle of fur? Did my friend actually ever stop in and check on said cat for the week I was away? Questions that would have nagged at the back of my mind before can now be answered with a few swipes of the super easy-to-use app. Considering price, performance and ease-of-use, this device is simply everything I want and need in a home monitoring/security product. I couldn't be happier with mine and plan on buying a few more of these this year as birthday/holiday gifts for family and friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good camera works well

    Posted
    tractorman

    I just downloaded the new app available this week, 03/11/2017. No issues with it as of yet. I have had the camera 2 plus years. It works well at night in the dark in the house. Its color is black and white at night. It clearly shows my dog walking around at night in low light and in the dark.During the day it is in full rich color and is beautiful. It time stamps all activity and captures movement only so it is not showing long periods of a still room. The ceiling fans don't trip it on. The inferred beam against a window close to it will cause a whiteout and no pic due to the reflection. So It won't show outside pictures at night thru a window close to the camera. This is an indoor-only camera. It works well with the home wifi which we have set up in another room. I have had no trouble contacting the camera when I am out of state using the original App. We have it sitting among our stereo and TV equipment and appears to be part of that system. The black was chosen so it blends in with our setting. It was easy to set up. Plug it in the wall, download the app. Enter your wifi password and the info the app wants for security and you are up and running. You can add cameras from the app easily. The picture can be expanded or compressed by pinching your smartphone screen. It has a very wide angle and is a great camera system. It captures our family room, dining area, and part of the kitchen with no problem recognizing people in all those rooms. We have an open floor plan looking about 40 feet long.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Family Device

    Posted
    SputMama

    We love our new Canary! On top of giving us peace of mind when we leave the home, it's become a great way to spy on our adorable dog when we're at work. Because it's motion activated, any time the dog moves past or within range of it's wide sensors (and presumably if a thief entered our apartment) it sends a notification to your phone via the app. Additionally, you can use the "Watch Live" feature if you simply want to watch your dog/cat/child/spouse while they are at home and you're not. It's also got an elegant, sleek design that can easily blend into a bookshelf. Some features I especially appreciate: the app sensing when I am "at home" and "away," for automated arming and disarming of the Canary; air quality & temperature monitors; being able to bookmark and comment on recorded video clips; and installation ease-- literally took us only 15 minutes! In short: I highly recommend this as a product to renters and/or homeowners who want a cost-effective, simple way to secure their homes, with the added benefit of being able to connect to your family when you're away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm for us !

    Posted
    VeryHappy

    Read many reviews, good and bad, and figured unhappy customers were the ones who's technology (internet, WiFi, cell phones) were not exactly compatible with the device. We decided to try it out and simply return if it didn't work - we had nothing to lose and everything to gain, as we were considering a full security system which included a $20+ per month moniterimg fee that didn't fit into our budget. I was not expecting much since we live outside out town and have Verizon WiFi . I also looked up the product specs and although my phone was not specifically listed as a compatible phone, it was compatible Canary's parameters. We set up Canary (super easy) and it would not immediately connect with my phone. I hooked up my husband's phone and it worked right away, I then ADDED myself as a user through my husband's phone, and next thing I knew my phone was connected to Canary as well. As it turns out, it works PERFECTLY for is and we love it ! Great picture at night as well. I close my windows/blinds when I leave on a trip so no outside activity (birds, etc) unneccesarily sets it off. There is about a 20 second real-time delay, but other than that we highly recommend, at least to try. 

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great indoor camera for the cost

    Posted
    Zyvo
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    Originally bought one when they were on sale for $107 for my dogs room to watch and talk to them while I was a work. Had one of the pet cube treat ones but the sound of the treats scared them and the WiFi chip was horrible (I have an Orbi mesh system so strength isn’t an issue). Loved it so much I bought a second and will probably get a flex or two for outside. Pros: -The picture is great and the live view delay is about 2 seconds which isn’t bad. -Have only had maybe one connection drop -Temp and humidity sensors seem spot on (compared with my ecobee) no way to test accuracy or air quality but it does show spikes when I’m cooking, smoking, or my dogs have gas (haha). -Build quality is solid -Siren is loud at -98db. Gets my dogs attention when they are being bad while I’m gone. -Geofence setup is easy is quick to recognize when I leave and sets the system to away mode. Cons -App is not a con but it’s far from intuitive. Easy to use but there are a lot of areas they can approve -“talk” speaker is not loud -Though subscription isn’t expensive, $9.99 for first 5 devices, I feel they should I expand the features rather than shift free features to paid. Build out more. -Biggest con... no Apple HomeKit integration. Only “smart device” in the house that doesn’t.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple security option

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    Homeowner
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    My daughter originally purchased a Canary on the recommendation of a friend who sets up security for companies after her home was burglarized during the day and she needed something she could set up immediately. After seeing how hers worked, I purchased one for our home. It was incredibly easy to set up with my iPhone 6 and worked well while we were on vacation for two weeks, the only issue was when a power outage occurred and the unit went offline. Frankly, for that reason and also that the unit would not need to be placed near an outlet, I would have liked a battery operated unit. The unit will send an alert to your phone when it detects motion and you can also watch a live feed from your phone whenever you choose. I purchased the black one with the thought that it would be less visible, however, when the unit is on, there is a green light that is hard to miss when it is activated, so if you plan on using this as a “nanny cam” that is something to be aware of. You have the option of activating an alarm on the unit from your phone, which is really quite loud, or you can place a 911 call if needed. The Canary also has features that will monitor air quality in your home, but I have not used that. All in all, this is nice option if you want some peace of mind without paying monthly fees and you want something that is easy to use and set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Feeling Safe Is So Easy With Canary!

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    gemini

    Obviously, the best thing about Canary is that it helps me keep an eye on my home, my belongings, and my family, allowing me to feel safe and protected. Beyond that, in one word, my favorite thing about my Canary is "simplicity." The Canary comes with a handy and comprehensive little booklet that walks you through the entire set up process. After set up, the Canary is so simple to use and so seamlessly gives me peace of mind. At the end of the day, I like to scroll through the day's Timeline to see what activity my Canary has recorded - and there's no fee associated with recording or viewing videos for up to a week! In addition, I love the aesthetics of this wonderful device. The Canary's design is sleek, clean, and modern, which I really appreciate, and the color options (black, white, and silver) can allow all the rooms in my home to benefit from the security of a Canary without it clashing with any of my decor. Rounding out my favorite features of the Canary has to be the HomeHealth technology. I don't have a thermostat, so this function gives me the ability to check the temperature, humidity, and air quality with just a couple of taps. Amazing! Thank you, Canary, for helping me take care of my home, looking over my belongings, not needing a complicated set up, and for doing it all in style!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Feeling safer

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    Shel

    Very easy to set up. Connection to the app and to wi-fi was pretty seamless. Video is very clear and audio works well. I was really shocked at just how much the wide angle captures. Just started noticing that even when I forget to arm the device that it is actually automatically monitoring activity when I leave the house with my phone. Fortunately I have not had any break-ins so the only thing that I get alerts for are my dog moving past the unit or my return home. Overall I think it's great for a small apartment in NYC. I have always thought it would be nice to have some kind of home security system. But as a renter it just wasn't worth the cost or time of installation. This really solves that problem. Also love the fact that it monitors temp, humidity and air quality. One thing that I would like to see though is automatic alerts for change in temp or air quality. Also would be nice to be able to export video clips in case there was something that you wanted to save like the dog doing stupid stuff or in the case of an actual crime being able to save evidence for police or insurance. I understand that's what the premium storage plans are for but some options for those of us who aren't going to subscribe would be great. Maybe limit the amount of data that can be exported for those who do not subscribe to premium plans? Overall this thing great though. Really glad I got it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Actually use this product as a Baby Monitor

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    doubledown
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    So my review might be a little different as my wife and I have 2 little girls and our older baby monitor was failing. We wanted to get one that we could use outside of our home wife to monitor the kids when 1 of us is travelling, etc. The Canary actually fits our needs perfectly as it works as a baby monitor as well as monitors the temp of the room, humidity and what it calls "Air Quality". Anyone with kids knows that temps of rooms and the humidity is a big deal and factors in to the air quality as a whole. We originally purchased just 1 to try it out and the next day I went to purchase a 2nd for our other daughters rooms. These little suckers are great for what we use it as not to mention it can also be used as a security device (which we don't even really even use it for that purpose, ironic, right?). The only caveat is that there is roughly a 5 second delay on what actually happens to what is displayed to the screen but honestly, that doesn't bother us and sometimes comes in handy. Example: If we hear a bump, thud or a loud cry from one room and we have the monitor up on 1 of our phones, we can generally catch and see what event caused the thud or cry within that 5 second window. We really love these products and I highly recommend them if it fits your needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend