Setup & The App
To setup the Canary, you must first download the app which is free on both iOS App and Google Play Store. Initially you must create an account with Canary, which is used for email alerts and security plans. Once completing you must connect to the camera using the supplied 3.5mm audio cable, which must then be plugged into your phone/tablet. The way this works, is that it uses sound to securely access the camera to add it to the app, to which you can then connect it to your WiFi.
For this review, I opted to set the camera up in my living room. This can help track which camera records what, when you have a multi-camera setup.To help prevent unnecessary recordings, you can opt to turn on location tracking, so when you are in the house, the Canary will disarm. It will then reactivate when you’re no longer in the area.Once configured the Canary will then do any necessary updates and then take you through a quick tour of the various features.
When you’ve taken the tour, it’s time to use the Canary! The default screen when you load the app displays the different Canary cameras you have setup, in this case it’s just the one in my living room. It also displays the current status (disarmed in this case) and the current members connected to it. You can add additional members, such as your partner, flat mate etc, so that it doesn’t arm when they’re in but you’re not. It also gives you a brief readout of the temperature, humidity and air quality.