The Canary All-In-One Home Security Device

The discreet home security device by Canary

When I was asked recently to try out the the Canary All-In-One Home Security device I was intrigued. I don’t generally do reviews of gadgets and gizmos, but I was tempted to try this one for two reasons. One, it looked kinda cool and inconspicuous in design, and two, I could actually recognise that this would be useful in our house in more ways than one.

Corners of my home - grey, white, warm wood, green plants

The Canary is basically a shelf mounted camera that you control from your phone. It’s design means it looks more like a speaker than a camera so there’s no worry that an intruder will simply disable it, which could be a worry with some home cameras. Once you have chosen its position, plugged it in, and downloaded the app, you are ready to go. It really is as simple as that and you can immediately watch what’s happening inside your house anywhere, anytime. It detects motion and sends alerts to your phone when you’re out, on holiday, or even in bed, and you can then decide whether to activate its ear-shattering siren or connect with the local police right from the app. Obviously haven’t tested this last feature, and hopefully never will.

Corners of my home - grey, white, warm wood, green plants

Position is quite important. We’ve chosen to place it facing the living room door as it’s the most high traffic area of the house, but if you really fall in love with it you can have up to four devices which will enable you to swipe from room to room. The HD video camera has a really wide field of view so it will pick up anything in the room and it has impressively good night vision. It stores a timeline on your phone too, so you can scroll through to see what’s been happening. If you feel so inclined you can store video clips and share them #CaughtbyCanary

Corners of my home - grey, white, warm wood, green plants

Which might put some people off. Worry not. If you don’t want your partner to know what you’re up to while he’s at work you can always activate the privacy setting. And by the way, there’s no need to change the settings when you go out as it automatically detects that you have left the house and switches itself to Away Mode.

Corners of my home - grey, white, warm wood, green plants

So, what’s the other way this Canary can improve life chez Dear Designer’s I hear you ask? Well, it might just be what I need to help train my soppy dog to stay home alone. I can’t be the only one with a dog who suffers from separation anxiety? It means I can’t go out. Ever. Unless someone else is home. And I know the answer is to train him by leaving the house for increasing lengths of time, but it would help if I knew how he reacted (and for how long) once I closed the door and walked away. And now I can. We shall see.

Available from Amazon.

This post was written in partnership with Canary. All views, as always, are my own.

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14 Comments

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    Pippa Jameson

    August 11, 2016

    I’m loving this Carole and it seems to work for you on so many levels; home security, activating whilst away with an App, camera features and also to help with dog separation, brilliant! It’s a bit like when you leave your child when they were little, as soon as someone told you they only cried for a few minutes after you left, it always made it much easier! Let us know what you do gets up to… xx

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      deardesigner

      August 11, 2016

      Steeling myself to leave him Pips. Has to be done. xx

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    Rachel

    August 11, 2016

    Gosh, it’s very inconspicuous, isn’t it? I love the idea that you’ll be keeping an eye on your dog’s antics when you’re not a home….this could be interesting! I’d love to do the same for my cat!

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      deardesigner

      August 11, 2016

      I seem to be starting a trend of spying on our pets 🙂 Your cats antics might be quite interesting too 🙂

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    August 10, 2016

    Such a great idea. I’ve always wanted to spy on my cat when we’re out. Definitely should help you with leaving Storm home alone… eventually.
    And so glad that tech companies are FINALLY making more attractive pieces of equipment for the home. It fits on top of your bookcase perfectly!

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      deardesigner

      August 11, 2016

      I’m very happy with it Karen. There’s only one wire and it doesn’t look out of place as you say. Now to start the campaign to leave Storm……:-)

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    Karen Clough

    August 10, 2016

    Ooo it’s really modern looking isn’t it? You wouldn’t think aesthetics matter too much when it comes to security, but if they stick out like a sore thumb, then they become more vulnerable to being noticed by strangers don’t they? Really love the way you’ve placed it in the room. Fits right in 🙂

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      deardesigner

      August 10, 2016

      Thanks Karen. It was the obvious place to put it really but it’s so sleek I think it would have looked ok anywhere. x

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    Kimberly Duran

    August 10, 2016

    We have a little camera for our home as well although it’s not this cool looking either!! We use it for our pets mostly (and I’ll be honest, the cats are boring and just sleep when we’re not around) but it’s great for the dog when we’re going to be gone over a few hours. There have been times, of course, that we’d had to rush through our dinner or pop back a little early because he was spooked by something and barking the neighbourhood down but it does have a microphone in it to speak to your dog (which confuses the hell out of him of course but at least he calms down). I suppose all in, that’s better that then coming home to our neighbours wanting to lynch us. 😉 I think they are great for pet owners, regardless! Good luck with Storm! Oh and the little corner of your home is GORGEOUS. xxx

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      deardesigner

      August 10, 2016

      Oh this one doesn’t have a microphone. Just a ear-blasting siren. Could try that if he mis-behaves LOL. I’m still reluctant to leave him though, because the times I have I’ve come back to so much mess. I won’t go into details here but it was not pleasant. 🙁

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    Kate

    August 10, 2016

    What a cool looking and incredibly useful piece of technology! Really like that sleek design 🙂

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      deardesigner

      August 10, 2016

      It is sleek isn’t it Kate. And it doesn’t look like a camera! Big bonus 🙂

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    Molly Costello

    August 10, 2016

    That will be really interesting to see what your dog is up to when you are not there! I have a home camera too (but it’s not as pretty as your Canary!) though have no one to spy on so it’s a little dull as no alerts, but obviously that is good as it means no one is breaking in!

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      deardesigner

      August 10, 2016

      I’ve yet to try it out on the dog Molly. Will be very interesting when I do 🙂

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