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Canary Home Security Review

Canary Home Security Review

Is their All-In-One device as Smart as they Claim?

Last updated: October 9, 2017.  So maybe you have your hopes up about the new Canary.is Home Security....system...device...hrmm... whatever you want to call it.   We can't claim it as a full home alarm system even though they want you to think of it as that.  Why not?  It's basically a security camera with a few extra features.  It is still a great concept and in the months and years to come it will be exciting to follow Canary on their venture to become a full home security brand.

Here is some of the good and lots of bad of the Canary security camera:

Pros

1 - Simple installation.  It is a self installation security system which saves you $99.  Connect with it through wifi, it scans and learns the area and you can set up mobile alerts and monitoring through your phone.  Of course with most other companies, they install their system for you for free anyways but Canary makes sure to point out that this saves you 'days' of time (which it really doesn't)...

2 - Available for renters and home owners alike.

 

Cons

1 - Even though the technology is great it's still very new to the market.  First of all, how can they claim it's an all-in-one security device if you need more then 1 per a home.  You actually need 1 per a room and at $180 a pop these are much more pricey then your standard free door sensor.

2 - Next, when you cram a bunch of things into one it typically is average at each.  Would you rather have stand alone door sensors that have had 20 years of design and technology put into them for $20 each or this Canary system that may or may not detect someone coming through your window, trying to manipulate it and break in etc.  By making this a C02 sensor, motion detector, camera and more it means that those it is going to lack compared to a item whose soul purpose is built for it.

3 - No home automation such as light control and energy savings like ADT home automation would.

4 - Several customers are complaining that their mobile alerts go off constantly during the day by their pets.  The Canary has 'learning recognition' where it is supposed to bypass the pet after you have taught it not to set the alarm for that.  However, when there is bugs in their app software and they are slow to roll an update out like this, you are the one left waiting or getting annoyed by false alarms in this case.

5 - Those without a smartphone.  Not every 8 year old these days has a smartphone... And if they do that doesn't mean they are eager to put a home security app on it.  Which means if someone in your home (or a guest) who isn't on your verified guest list comes in your home, they are then an intruder and you get an alert.  With a standard system you can just tell them the code or disable the alarm yourself from your phone.  A little more complicated of a situation here but at least their smart camera records and stores the event for you to watch them get scared out of their pants another time!

Package Costs

How Much will a Canary Security system cost?

The best deal we found is here for $179 and Free Shipping.  Now keep in mind, you will want a couple per a home.  Imagine your eyes where the camera is and that is everything it can see.  So you may want one for the living room, entryway, kids bedroom(s), master bedroom and basement.  You can rack up the costs quickly with this but if you buy two at a time you get a better discount.

They also offer a monitoring plan that doesn't make much sense because you still have to click 'Call the Police', which if you are away from your phone (ie., vacation) what good is the monitoring?  Price may be anywhere from $19.99-39.99.  There is also a monthly fee for extra cloud storage of your video footage.  This is where Nest makes monthly money from their security camera as well.

security equipment

What exactly is the Canary all-in-one security system?

It comes in black or white and it is more than an average wireless security camera.  But not just any ordinary camera, one that has ports to monitor air quality (C02/smoke sensor) and temperature.  You connect with it via your smart phone and anyone that has a device in your home it can recognize.

canary is all in one security device

It also stores the last 10 hours of recording footage continuously to a cloud which can be nice for certain events.  And maybe record some events you wish you didn't have to see again like a fight, teenager leaving the house or kissing on the couch.  But hey, they portray it that you will capture your child's first steps so that would be good too!

Features

Rather then make a list for you to read, here are two pictures that cover their top features and technology:

Canary product information canary security features

 

 

Customer complaints

Other customer complaints as seen here:

customer complaint

The Canary Conclusion

Because it's so new to the market and technology is ever changing, we think it's a little soon to jump aboard 100%.  However, it may be smart to buy 1-2 using the link provided below and test it out for 30 days.  If you don't like it you may always return it.   We recommend going with one of the top 3 companies rated here but if you want to try this smart security technology out along with a basic alarm system that is a great idea!

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Have any experience with the Canary all-in-one security solution?  Leave your feedback or rating below for other customers to review for themselves.

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15 Comments
  1. Steven S
    10/16/2017 at 04:06
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    Lots of false alarms, update means you must now buy a membership or it's a high end camera that does nothing for you.. customer services are simply terrible. The update has literally lost half of canarys client base, they have literally made it so you must buy membership. Absolutely terrible!

  2. Denise
    10/14/2017 at 08:42
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    DON'T BUY CANARY!! I bought two Canarys two years ago. One each for my houses in Arizona and California. The benefit is that I could check on either house when I was away and also have security in case of robbery or home invasion. It worked fine at first. Earlier this year we noticed the resolution had degraded on both cameras. Then it stopped recording when we were at home. Then we figured out how to make it record when we were home by telling it we were away but you have to do that EVERYTIME you come home. Now it only records a 10 second clip. This is totally worthless in terms of identifying an intruder. I'm buying another system that's not a rip off!

  3. Mike M
    10/12/2017 at 11:17
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    DO NOT BUY! Canary have worked well for awhile but when they switched free subscription plan, USELESS! With the free plan, it will ONLY record 10 seconds of video. If you are home, you will not have an option to record your video. So, if you are home and someone breaks into your home and you are violently attacked, the camera will turn the blind eye and will NOT record anything.ME: If you are in away OR in Night mode, the camera only records 12 second with free subscription. (Free is not free because we purchased over $1400 worth of canary BEFORE you made the free subscription changes.) Please explainCANARY (ISSAC): If your Canary is in Away mode, it will continuously look for motion. Once it detect motion it will record the first 10 seconds of significant motion and save them to your Timeline. The Canary will only record the first 10 seconds of signification motion for every 10 minutes of continuous motion. On the free plan you will not be able to schedule a Night mode but you can set your Home mode to have the Watch Live feature.ME: You cannot record any video if you are in home mode if you have the degraded subscription. Example: if my father in law is at home and he gets robbed (or violently attacked during the day while he is home, the camera will not pick up any video unless you have paid for a subscription? I tried to have it set to record while in home mode and it will not allow us too.. so that makes the camera useless unless you have a subscription? Please explainCANARY (ISSAC): That is correct, on home mode you will have the option to set your Canary to private or have the Watch Live feature on. This will allow you to view what is going on in your home but it will not record that motion.Furthermore, Canary Support ISSAC said, " I completely understand your frustration with the recent changes to the free plan, we are however unable to change the free plan back to what it was but are more than happy to provide a discount on the Membership if you would like to give the Membership a try."Canary started out great and they went downhill after their third year of this product. I would recommend NEST Cam over Canary.

  4. Patrick
    10/10/2017 at 15:43
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    Don’t buy! Was a early backer already on their indiegogo campaign 2014 and been very satisfied. As of the 4th of October it totally useless. Limited all free service that they stated never was going to be a paid subscription service leaving their backers with a useless device. I’m very disappointed and I really think this must be against every consumer law out there...

  5. Kim B
    10/05/2017 at 04:12
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    Do not purchase. It's a high priced camera and they have just taken away every free feature this camera had. They are making people pay a monthly or yearly fee. The whole reason it was purchased was so we didn't have a fee. Cameras are completely worthless now. Trying to get two returned since they are not even a year old. And terrible customer service. They do not even take direct calls anymore if you have issues. Seems very convenient that they made all these horrible changes and you cannot contact them directly. They planned this out perfectly because they knew the backlash they would get. Terrible company and terrible customer service.

    • Debby Vertz
      10/12/2017 at 14:40
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      You are absolutely right!! I bought it even though it was more expensive than other cameras BECAUSE of the free features, and was just in the market to buy the Flex for outdoors when they changed it! Sure glad I didnt spend another $200 on that. They wont get another penny of my money.......this is a classic case of "bait and switch"

  6. C A Dazell
    10/04/2017 at 11:56
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    As of today, my 4 devices are not working due to an 'update' that is being pushed out to limit the functionality of the Canary products. I'll be trashing them

  7. Joseph Myles
    10/03/2017 at 19:49
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    I don't recommend Canary home security! We moved in on our home a year ago, so I saw this product an ordered it. It was great, a little lagging an mostly it would go offline at times. But it was free too wacth your videos an set your cameras on an off the way you want them. One day the app updated, it now gives you a microphone but you have to have a membership. To make it short you now have to pay to watch entire videos of your videos, you only get maybe 5 sec. Of what's recording. Also you can put cameras on private unless you have a membership!! I don'trecommend!

  8. Rock
    10/03/2017 at 17:35
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    as of Oct 3 2017 you have to pay for a membership to have Canary work in night mode, so forget having alerts while your home and asleep, and forget having video if someone breaks into your home while your there.What a load of BS, to change up on their customers. Every person who purchased a Canary prior to this change should be refunded.Do not buy this product, there are plenty others that will give you some piece of mind at night without paying for a membership.

  9. Slim
    09/16/2017 at 09:41
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    I'm a little suspicious of a security company that resides outside the U.S., in some BS little country. What also seems suspicious to me, is that they want Blue-Tooth activated on all your 'devices'. I have to ask myself, why do they want a Bluetooth connection between by computer and their device, when I only need a wireless connection between my Smart Phone and their device for full functionality. The App also wants to access the Microphone on my Smart Phone, and the Cellular Data that my smart phone transmits. Now why would they want to do that?

  10. william
    08/30/2017 at 20:11
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    I have 2 of these and do not recommend them. One is aiming at the main body of my house inside and the other is aimed through a window to view the front door, driveway and mailbox. I had to disable the motion alerts due to non-stop alerts because of light movement, pets and random fuzz going in front of the camera. There is a light at the bottom which I've had to block because it just screams "I'M A SMART APPLIANCE PLEASE STEAL OR DESTROY ME" so that's a negative. They also want to charge up the ass for their yearly fee to make any use of their product or else you can only view the past 12 hours which is worthless as I purchased them with the intention of viewing my house while I'm away at work or on vacation and I don't want to check it 2+ times a day. The app is also extremely buggy and will skip time, freeze, disconnect you and go into potato mode where you can barely make out the color of someone's shirt who is walking past. Also it will give me "High Temperature" alerts saying it's over 100 degrees when it is 80 outside and 70 inside. They need to either lower the price and charge the yearly fee or keep the price and lower the yearly fee. They also need to expand the services you get as a free user. You're already paying up the ass for the product itself. Now they have new features like speak from a microphone on the device but that's members only. If I was still in the time limit I'd return mine.

  11. Cat
    08/21/2017 at 05:54
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    The Canary is awful. I had issues with it from the beginning, however, now - if it is possible - this product took an even deeper dive. It keeps turning on when I am at home - a complete intrusion of my privacy - and yes, I do believe it is intentional. I have been complaining about the away/home switch and the fact that they have gone from 24 hour live person support to Monday - Friday 9:00 to 5:00 chat support (that's Eastern - so good luck to you Westerners!). :( Someone needs to check Jeff Rossen's connection to the founder - I think he worked with his wife at ABC News.

  12. Hal Apple
    07/27/2017 at 13:36
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    I bought canary and do not recommend it.

  13. Connie
    05/22/2016 at 10:28
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    This is a really good product with a great design. I particularly like the night vision and motion detection features. It’s probably one of the most complete security system that’s packed in one tiny design. The Canary app interface is intuitive so the set up is quick and you can have the system up and running in no time. Since the Canary relies on the use of the app,those who do not have smartphones might look elsewhere for a security device.

    • Rachel
      08/23/2016 at 12:17
      Reply

      Does it throw a lot of false alarms?

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