Canary All-In-One Home Security Device Review.

Canary Smart Home Security Device review.

PROS

  • Simple to install.
  • Sharp 1080p video.
  • Crystal clear night vision.
  • Two-Way audio.
  • Monitors air quality.
  • Alexa and Google Assistant voice support.

CONS

  • Many features require a subscription plan.
  • No local storage.
  • Lacks native support for IFTTT.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Canary All-in-One Home Security device keeps tabs on your home with 1080p video capture and sensors for air quality, humidity and temperature, but you have to pay extra to use many of its features.

Full Story

The Canary All-in-One Home Security Device ($ 169) is more than just an indoor security camera. Equipped with multiple sensors and a 1080p camera, it records events after motion detection, provides crisp live streaming video to your smartphone, and monitors your home’s air quality, humidity levels, and temperature. It uses geofencing to disarm and disarm weapons in your hands so you don’t need to.

But it does not provide dedicated support for IFTTT applets, and you will have to pay for membership plans to watch more than the last 24 hours of recorded video and take advantage of several features, including bimonthly audio, desktop streaming, and incident reporting. Its set of features has expanded since we first reviewed the camera in 25, but it lags behind new options like our Editors’ Choice, iSmart Alarm iCamera Kip Pro.

Design, Features, and Plans

Available in black or white, the Canary is a sleek 0.87-pound cylinder that measures 6 inches in height and 3 inches in diameter. The front has a shiny black panel that houses a 1080p camera with a 147-degree viewing angle, a 3x zoom and 12 infrared LEDs that provide night vision with a range of up to 25 feet. By way of comparison, the Ikemera Kip Pro has a 1080p camera with a 140 degree viewing angle, but it does provide mechanical pan and tilt, while panning 350 degrees around the camera and 40 degrees.

On the back of the device you will find an Ethernet port, a micro USB power port and a port used to create a secure connection between the camera and the smartphone. Sport an LED ring at the bottom of the camera that flashes red when searching for a network connection and gives a solid red glow when the camera is offline. A strong green light indicates that the canary is equipped, and a yellow light means it has been disarmed.

Under the hood are temperature, humidity and air quality sensors, an ambient light sensor, a motion sensor, 90dB siren for fear of interrupters, and an 802.11 b / g / n Wi-Fi adapter for wireless connection. There is a microphone and speaker array for two-way audio, but you cannot use this feature unless you pay for a subscription plan (more on this later).

Canary provides support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. For example, you can watch live video on an Echo Show or Fire TV device, or ask your Google Home to give you temperature or humidity levels in any room you are monitoring in Canary. It also uses an algorithm that allows a person to detect when a small animal or passing vehicle creates a speed alert.

Missing is email and text message notifications, and dedicated support for If (IFTTT) later. However it works with the Wink Hub and will interact with other devices that are part of the Wink ecosystem.

Canary can be accessed and managed from anywhere using the free Android or iOS app, and there is a web app that lets you watch live video, but you need to use it as a two-way audio feature. The app opens to a main screen that shows the name of a watch live buttoned camera in the center of the screen which will open a live stream.

The video takes up half the screen in portrait mode and goes full-screen in landscape mode. There are buttons for playing a siren at the bottom of the screen, enable two-way chat and make an emergency call (you enter your emergency number in the settings menu).

Below the Watch Live button is the current temperature, humidity, and air quality text. Tapping into any lesson launches a chart that displays layers throughout the day. The air quality chart gauges air as ordinary, abnormal, and very abnormal, based on the amount of contaminants present, including the odor of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, ethanol, cigarette smoke and cooking. You can configure the canary to send notifications when the specified threshold is exceeded.

At the bottom of the main screen there is a button to enable Away, Home or Night modes, and an icon to tell you a current location (home or away). Tapping the Home / AV button takes you to a screen where you can toggle between modes. At the bottom of the screen is a view timeline button that lets you view the history of all events, including video thumbnails and time stamps.

Tap on the three bars in the upper right of the main screen to see the Subscriptions and Device settings. The Membership screen is where you go to sign up for a membership plan, edit your address, and configure a geofence range that determines when your phone’s location will automatically enable Home or Away mode. Here you can also enter emergency numbers.

On the Canary Home Security System device, you can add a new Canary device (with flex or view), configure network settings, create a night mode schedule, and configure home mode settings. There are also auto-mode switching that uses geofencing to arm the canary when you leave your home enclosure (about 500 feet) and discard it when returning, and options to configure home and night mode settings.

For home mode you can turn off the live watch (it is turned on by default) and the record video feature (it is off by default), but to enable recording in home mode you need to subscribe to the subscription plan. To adjust motion sensitivity, set homehealth alert thresholds (temp, air quality, humidity), enable notifications when the camera loses connection, and invite other users to receive attendance notifications when they enter the geofence enclosure.

Motion-triggered recorded video is stored in the cloud when there is no local storage option. Canary comes with a Free Basic Experience plan that gives you 24 hours of recorded video (30 second clips), streaming live from the mobile app, and a one-year warranty.

$ 9.99 / month, $ 99 / year full experience plan gives you 30 days of recordings, full length video that starts after motion detection and ends when motion is no longer detected, unlimited downloads, access to two-way talk features, web applications The ability to stream live video and a two-year warranty also gives you access to the Canary’s Event Support Service, which gives you Live Edge Connecting with a person, who will take you through the process of recovering an event video.

Setup and Performance

Installing Canary is a snap. I downloaded the app and created an account using my email address and mobile number and tapped Setup Canary now. I was asked to allow the application to access location services and enter my home address. Next, I plugged the canary and the app is where it is (front door, back door, hallway, kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, office, custom) and how it connects to the Internet (to Apple

Then I connected the yellow protection cable to the canary and audio port on my smartphone and press Next to make a secure connection between the two devices, which takes about a minute. To complete the installation, Canary underwent an update and verification process, which took about five minutes.

In my tests, Canary provided sharp 1080p streaming video, recorded daylight video with bold color and good contrast, and well-lit black-and-white night vision video with excellent image details. The motion sensor worked well after I adjusted the sensitivity to 5 (out of 10) and then push notifications arrived Auto-mode switching (geofencing) failed, switching to AO mode when I was a few steps away from home. I’ve traveled a block away

The motion sensor did a good job of distinguishing between the speed and the speed caused by my cat, but often it identified my dog-driven speed as a motion by a person I had no difficulty watching live video on the Amazon Echo Show, and although the siren The iControl Network is not as loud as the 105dB siren built in Piper NV, It is certainly loud enough to scare besakarike.

Conclusions

Live on-demand video, sharp 1080p footage and instant mobile alerts are all good reasons to consider Canary. It installs in minutes and keeps tabs on your home’s humidity level, room temperature and air quality, and it lets you download and delete recorded videos. It has a reasonably loud siren and a motion sensor that you know when a person is detected, and it automatically calls itself into the arm when you get out of the house.

It says many of its features, including two-way audio, home mode recording, venue assistance, and access to more than one day recording, will require you to sign up and pay for a membership plan. If you can live without air, temperature and humidity sensors, consider the iSmartAlarm iCamera Kip Pro instead.

It also provides direct support for mechanical pan and tilt, time lapse recording, on-board video storage, free cloud storage, and IFTTT applets that allow it to work with other smart home devices. Canary has improved since it was first published, but the competition has been strengthened.

Canary All-In-One Home Security Device Specs

Connectivity Wi-Fi
Integration Amazon Alexa, IFTTT
Notifications Push
Field of View 147 degrees
Resolution 1080p
Storage Cloud
Two-Way Audio Yes
Mechanical Pan/Tilt No
Night Vision Yes
Alarm Yes

 

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