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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Canary.

SecureScore™: 7.6/10

Canary and Piper home security systems are simple and easy to use. They are both self-monitoring with no long-term contracts. While each offers various types of devices and allows for video surveillance, it is up to you to inform the local authorities if you are alerted by the system of an intruder.

Overview: Canary vs Piper

Canary and Piper home security systems are very basic when compared to ADT or Frontpoint. There are no monthly fees, no contracts, and no 24/7 monitoring unless you do it yourself. While you can purchase a monthly subscription from Canary, it is only good for storing video recordings from the various types of Canary cameras.

  • No contracts
  • No monthly fees
  • Video surveillance (indoor)
  • Do-it-yourself installation and monitoring
  • Upfront fees

Similarities: Piper vs Canary

Canary and Piper are very similar in terms of simplicity. Both offer state of the art video surveillance options. Both operate on Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity and are able to provide notifications and alerts in real time as soon as an alarm is triggered. There are no monthly fees or long-term contracts.

  • Both offer indoor video surveillance
  • No long-term contracts or service agreements
  • Cellular and Wi-Fi connections
  • You are responsible for notifying the authorities if an alert is triggered
  • Easy installation and set up

Differences: Piper vs Canary

Canary and Piper do have significant differences. Although the Canary cameras don't hold up well when used outdoors, they can be used outside if they are protected from the weather. Piper cameras only offer indoor surveillance.

  • Canary cameras monitor indoor air quality
  • Canary may sometimes require multiple devices to be purchased
  • Piper offers environmental sensors to detect fire, smoke, and floods
  • Piper does not offer a monthly subscription
  • Piper has a smartphone mobile app


The type of Canary camera you choose will determine the features you get. The Canary View is the basic camera and only offers video surveillance and motion sensor alarms for intrusion protection. The Canary Flex, on the other hand, offers HomeHealth sensors and a 90-decibel siren in addition to the alerts you receive through the system. Canary also offers two-way communication.

Piper cameras can pan from side to side, tilt, and zoom. This gives you a wide, 180-degree view. Although the cameras are only designed for indoor use, they provide streaming video that can be viewed in real-time. Piper also offers certain “smart home” options as well.


Canary does not require a long-term contract. It does, however, offer a subscription service that allows you to store recorded videos.

Piper does not require any type of long-term agreement or contract. Although there are no monthly fees, The Piper Classic costs $199 to activate the system. It costs $269 to activate the Piper NV system.


Canary charges $9.99 a month to store up to 1000 videos per month. To add additional devices, you will be charged $4.99 per month per device.

Although there are no monthly fees, The Piper Classic costs $199 to activate the system. It costs $269 to activate the Piper NV system.


The Canary View (All-in-One) and the Canary Flex are the two main pieces of equipment used within this particular home security system. A mobile app can also be used.

Piper equipment consists of video surveillance cameras that can pan up to 180 degrees. They contain various environmental and motion sensors that offer additional layers of protection and will make it easier to notify you if something goes wrong a home.


Both Canary and Piper home security systems are designed to be installed by the homeowners. Systems can also be easily moved from one location to another which means they work well for renters as well as homeowners.

Emergency Connections

Both Canary and Piper home security systems are built to operate using Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. They are self-monitored systems meaning that it is up to you to alert the local authorities if any type of trigger or alarm is sent to your phone. You can either cancel the alarm or call the authorities to have someone dispatched to the property. Alerts are sent via email and cellular messages.

Summary: Canary vs Piper

The canary home security system is an affordable option for individuals who want simple, easy to use devices without all of the hassles of a contract or professional installation.

Piper home security system is a good choice for homeowners or renters who want a simple system without a lot of extras. Piper does offer some home automation and environmental sensors.

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