Canary All-in-One Home Security Device Review

We had this little device at home in the hope of it providing an extra layer of security and therefore more peace of mind whilst we’re away, the Canary monitors Movement, Temperature, Humidity and Air Pollution, the Canary alerts you if any movement is detected whilst your phone or pad is out of range of the Canary or any of the conditions that it monitors are above(or in the case of temperature below) the perimeters that you have set, it automatically sets itself into away mode by monitoring the devices that are registered to it are in range of the Canary.

It’s easy to set up, I used my iPhone 6s to set the canary up wirelessly but you can use an Ethernet cable to connect it directly to the router, I had it up and running in 2 minutes. Ours is positioned in the living room due to the fact that you can monitor the living room and the front door and hallway at the same time. We had to alter the sensitivity of the movement sensor because on a sunny day the movement alert would go off when people walked passed the front garden, so it's very sensitive to movement. I’ve only had to reset it once because it lost the wireless network at home for some reason.

When away from home the canary sends notifications to our mobiles and Apple watches when it detects movement at home, We have found that it is useful when we're out for keeping an eye on our three teenage daughters, to help make sure that they’re not arguing and trying to kill each other the canary provides audio not just video, the pollution monitoring keeps us secure in the knowledge that they're not cooking and burning the house down and the temperature monitoring lets us know if they've got the heating blazing away.

We had this little device at home in the hope of it providing an extra layer of security and therefore more peace of mind whilst we’re away, the Canary monitors Movement, Temperature, Humidity and Air Pollution, the Canary alerts you if any movement is detected whilst your phone or pad is out of range of the Canary or any of the conditions that it monitors are above(or in the case of temperature below) the perimeters that you have set, it automatically sets itself into away mode by monitoring the devices that are registered to it are in range of the Canary.

It’s easy to set up, I used my iPhone 6s to set the canary up wirelessly but you can use an Ethernet cable to connect it directly to the router, I had it up and running in 2 minutes. Ours is positioned in the living room due to the fact that you can monitor the living room and the front door and hallway at the same time. We had to alter the sensitivity of the movement sensor because on a sunny day the movement alert would go off when people walked passed the front garden, so it's very sensitive to movement. I’ve only had to reset it once because it lost the wireless network at home for some reason.

When away from home the canary sends notifications to our mobiles and Apple watches when it detects movement at home, We have found that it is useful when we're out for keeping an eye on our three teenage daughters, to help make sure that they’re not arguing and trying to kill each other the canary provides audio not just video, the pollution monitoring keeps us secure in the knowledge that they're not cooking and burning the house down and the temperature monitoring lets us know if they've got the heating blazing away.

What is the point of the Air Pollution monitoring? Canary detects overall changes in air quality caused by pollutants including: Iso-butane, Carbon monoxide, Hydrogen, Ethanol, Cigarette smoke, Cooking odour, Dust sounds impressive however when you get the alert on your phone or apple watch (which is what we use) you have absolutely no clue what the canary as sensed in the air to give an abnormal reading. So maybe it’s your lunch burning or it’s a little dusty today but it could be Carbon Monoxide and it could be slowly killing you but you will be none the wiser (until it's too late), believe me it goes off often even if you have the windows open like Canary suggests so you need up have to set it at only alert me when the air is very abnormal.

 

My conclusion is that yes the Canary can be useful but not for the original reason I wanted it for, I understand that I’m most likely in the minority but most of the places we go away have limited mobile internet signal e.g. Some of The Lake District, Lizard in Cornwall, Porlock in Somerset, coastal areas and Snowdonia in North Wales. So I can't be alerted to anything that is happening with the Canary and I don’t want to have to pay an ongoing monthly fee, so that I can spend hours going through checking alerts once I regain any signal, fair enough the initial price (prices start at £125 to £149 on Amazon) is not that bad but you can buy a wireless burglar alarm that will call you if it’s activated so not much more, which I would be able to receive in remote places because I usually have a phone signal just not an internet one and the burglar alarm doesn't have a monthly fee, it also doesn't record activity or have an air pollution monitor but it will alert you more successfully to someone gaining entry to your property. I’m not really sure what the purpose of the canary is regarding our household other than being able to spy on the people in our house, like I’ve already said the air pollution thing is not great and the humidity monitor would be of use if I had damp, I suppose. It's a gimmick another gadget, I can understand that for some it would be invaluable like in the case of my Father in Law it’s just not of much use to us.

I believe I will be investing in a wireless burglar alarm system with a telephone calling function.

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