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Best Buy knows that having a home security system installed can be a costly endeavor for a homeowner, and nearly impossible if you rent an apartment or a home and cannot make changes to your residence. I cannot begin to tell you how often I have thought about purchasing one of those teddy bears with a nanny cam hidden inside that I could place around the house to see what goes on while I am not home.
There are times when dad and I are away from the house with one child or the other, and I worry about the security of our home, and the other child that sometimes stays behind because they don’t want to attend an IEP meeting or tag along to a counseling visit or a doctor’s appointment. If they dash out of the apartment to go to a friend’s house and leave the door unlocked, who knows what could happen?
Canary Home Security System
That’s what I love about the Canary Indoor Wireless High-Definition All-In-One Home Security System. We live in an apartment, so installing a state-of-the-art home security system is out of the question; but with the Canary Home Security System – we don’t need all the fancy bells and whistles. This device keeps our home safe and sound, sends me motion detection notifications, has a built-in 90+ decibel siren and HomeHealth technology built right in! After you have used the device for a time, it actually “learns” the cadence of your home so that your notifications are more accurate with fewer false alarm triggers (like the pets running down the hallway) or other regular activity in your home. It’s so freaking amazing!
Setting it up is super easy. Decide on a central location that you want to watch, plug it in, connect to your Wi-Fi and download the app. Within minutes you will be able to use the free mobile app to see what’s happening via live streaming video from your home anywhere, anytime with your iPhone or Android smart phone.
From the place in my dining room, I have a clear view of the kitchen, the living room, and the front door and can see anyone who is coming or going while we are away. What I love about the Canary is the 147° field of view – minimal blind spots and the coolest is the infrared night vision capability that lets you see what’s going on in the dark – I can see what is happening up to 20 feet away when there’s little to no light!
What was totally awesome to be able to do was “check in” on hubby, the kids, and the doggies when I left them all at home to attend my daughter’s wedding about 2 hours from our home. Hubby was grumbling about how Roxy wasn’t getting on the bed, she had the mentality of a lap dog and the body of a horse (She is a 75+ pound Labrador after all). Tre and I weren’t gone from the house a good hour when I got an alert that there was activity in the bedroom. I checked in to the live feed to see Molly curled up under hubby’s arm and Roxy curled up at his feet with her head laying on his thigh! Everyone was snug as a bug that frigid cold day – and he thought we would be none the wiser. I wish I had captured the look on his face when I showed him the live feed lol!
An added perk is the HomeHealth feature. It’s so cool to open the app and instantly be able to check the temperature, humidity, and air quality of your home.
Did you know that since Canary’s March 2015 launch, nearly 75 known burglaries, home invasions, caretaker abuse and other emergency situations have been captured by Canary, resulting in multiple arrests. We have had a rash of burglaries where packages have been stolen from residences in broad daylight. Imagine having your Canary inside your living room window, aimed towards your front door. Packages go missing? You have the culprit on camera and can alert police immediately as well as sound the alarm straight from your phone and hopefully scare them away when you get the alert that there is activity at your home!
Netgear Nighthawk Router and Adapter with Geek Squad Included
Developed exclusively between Netgear® (an industry leader in the networking world) and Best Buy, the Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter provides consumers an easy all-in-one solution to support all of their home’s connected devices. Did we mention that the Geek Squad is included? Woo hoo!
If you have kids at home, you know that the minute they get home from school and hop online to do homework, stream movies or videos, listen to music or blow up Facebook and their messaging apps, the Wi-Fi network becomes seriously strained.
The average US household has 7 connected devices – from smart phones (often several in a home), to tablets, to laptops, to computers, and Wi-Fi printers. Add a gamer (or two) to the household mix and you’ll find yourself experiencing slow Wi-Fi, dropped calls, even the dreaded “dead zone” where you just cannot get Wi-Fi no matter what you do.
The Netgear Nighthawk Router comes with one DST (Dead Spot Terminator) adapter to help you eliminate your Wi-Fi dead zone. Simply place it in an area where you get little to no reception and watch it help improve your Wi-Fi access. This happens to be my living room/dining room area and when I plugged in the DST adapter, it immediately connected to the router and viola!!! No more dead zone! I can actually enjoy using my tablet in the living room area without screaming at the kids to get off the Wi-Fi now!
Not only can you purchase additional adapters if you have more than one dead zone area, but this high-performance router is built to support 10 or more connected devices! You can also give priority to the devices that are streaming video or music, and it includes advanced features for lag-free gaming – a feature my Call of Duty obsessed son is love, love, loving!
Connecting your entire home is easy with Best Buy’s new high performance Wi-Fi router, which includes a Wi-Fi extender and Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year! You can download the product specification sheet here and see all the fabulous that is packed into this router and DST adapter for yourself. Best Buy and Netgear have a serious winner on their hands with this router!