Securing your home is important. Doing so with the latest high-tech gear for an affordable price feels awesome. And that’s exactly what you get with the Canary home security system.
Thus far in life I’ve been fortunate enough to have never had my house broken into. But someone did break into my car once while it was parked right outside in my driveway. It was unsettling enough that I became very interested in exploring the best home security systems.
Before getting a Canary I tried one other DIY home security system. It was a bit cumbersome and complicated and took me quite awhile to setup. I had to get a rather ugly hub setup and connected (via an ethernet cable) to the Internet and had to setup a bunch of sensors around my house (think doors and windows) which looked unsightly and ripped off paint when removed. And the app that came with this system was unintuitive and annoying; it alerted me every time I opened any door in my house. In the end, I ended up leaving the system disconnected; it’s elements continue to sit around my house like a security system graveyard.
And that experience is exactly why I was excited to check out Canary. It was advertised like the epitome of a simple and easy to use home security system and you know what? It is.
The system is smart enough to know when you come and go and therefore arms and disarms itself accordingly. When activity is detected your phone receives an alert which you can act on and video of the event is automatically recorded. You can also watch what’s happening at home live. After the mostly easy setup is complete, everything just works.
The Canary is a white cylinder with a black vertical stripe running down it’s front. Underneath there’s a light that glows (to indicate status) which you can see thanks to the bottom being a bit raised from the surface it sits on (but just in the front). The black stripe hides the 1080p HD camera which sports a 147° wide-angle lens (with auto night vision).
I very much like the look of the Canary. The classic black and white color scheme is bold and yet it can melt comfortably into any home’s decor. It would look chic in an upscale NYC penthouse and it would look cool in ...