Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Connected Home Canary Security System #BBYConnectedHome

*This site received the below products free of charge from Best Buy to facilitate this review. All opinions belong to us* 

Home security is super important to my husband and I and we have been in the market for a security system for quite some time. With both of our families living out of town, we are gone a couple weekends a month so it's important for us to not only have our home protected when we are here but also when we are away. One of the most frustrating things when we were looking for a security system was that they all seemed so complicated. We needed something simple and easy to use yet still effective in protecting our home. The Canary Indoor Wireless High-Definition All-In-One Home Security device is exactly what we needed! 

I was so impressed when the Canary device arrived at our home. We were getting ready to head out of town when the delivery guy showed up so we really wanted to get it set up before we left but we were literally on our way out the door. We came back inside just to check it out and we literally had it set up with minutes! All we  had to do was find a central location in our home to put it, plug it in and connect it to our wifi. We downloaded the app and set up our account and we were out the door with a new sense of peace as we left our home. This security system helps keep your home safe and sound with motion detection notifications, a 90+ dB siren and HomeHealth Technology. After awhile, it learns the routine of your home so it can send you accurate notifications with fewer false alarms triggered by pets or regular activity in  your house. 

One of the coolest features we have found is that we can live stream from our home anytime, anywhere with Canary's free mobile app. If activity is detected, you receive an alert so you can check it out. With HD 1080p resolution, you can see even the smallest details on your screen and the 147 degree field of view allows you to see more with minimal blind spots. It even has infrared night vision to help you see in the dark. We have found that this is a great way to check in with our older kids when they are home alone as well as watching our home when we are on the go. If you get an alert and find that something is awry, you have an emergency call feature which allows you to contact authorities close to home from anywhere in the world. You can also sound the siren from anywhere. My husband decided to test this out when he was away and I was home (without warning me of course)  and it scared the daylights out of me! It would definitely scare away any uninvited guests! Since its launch in March 2015, nearly 75 known burglaries, home invasions, caretaker abuse and other emergency situations have been captured by Canary, resulting in multiple arrests! With the HomeHealth feature, you can also monitor the air quality, humidity and temperature in your home from almost anywhere which just adds to its awesomeness. This security system has far exceeded our expectations and we HIGHLY recommend it to any family who is looking for an easy to use, affordable system in their home. 

In addition to the Canary Home Security System, we were also able to check out the Netgear Nighthawk DST Router and DST Adapter with Geek Squad included! This is a brand new router exclusively designed between Netgear and Best Buy to help support customers connected devices in the home. In our home alone, we have 4 smart phones, 2 laptops, a desktop, printer, 3 tablets, 2 video gaming systems and now a security system all connected to our wifi! Our children love to game as well as stream movies so our poor router was working overtime with all of these connected devices. During certain times of the day, our wifi would often slow down, especially if multiple family members were on the wifi at one time. This new router from Netgear has totally eliminated these issues. We no longer have dead spots in our home and we have experienced way fewer slow down periods. My husband loves to lay in our hammock out back but it was just too far from our router for him to use the wifi so he was super stoked about the DST, aka the "Dead Spot Terminator" adapter that helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones. We were able to plug it in on the end of the house that was closest to the hammock in our back yard and now he is able to utilize the Wi-Fi outdoors in his favorite relaxation spot! Since this router was built to support 10+ devices, you can prioritize devices with includes advanced features for lag-free gaming. If you run into a situation where you need help, the Geek Squad is available via phone and web for a full year 24/7!!! 

Check out your local Best Buy for both of these awesome new products! 

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