Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor Review

Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor Review

Gabe: Hey, folks. This is Gabe with Security
Baron, and today we’re checking out a new marsupial in the home security market, the
Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor home security system. [music] Gabe: In today’s review of the Kangaroo Motion
and Entry Sensor home security system, we’re going to go over some pros and cons. The feature
set, installation experience, professional monitoring options, customer support, before
finally diving into the mobile application, the Kangaroo app, to make sure you have all
the information you need to make the right decision. If you want to see a list of our favorite
home security systems, google “security brand, best home security systems.” If you have a
question about today’s review, leave us a comment and I’ll get back to you. Let’s kick off today’s review of the Kangaroo
Motion and Entry Sensor home security system by talking about some pros and cons beginning
with the pros. When you’re installing it, it’s a really easy process because it’s just
powered up, two AA batteries and it’s hubless. You’re ready to go within five minutes of
downloading the app and opening up the box. On top of that, it has a very affordable professional
monitoring service. On the con side, it’s a bit limited in that, it only detects motion
and entry from any of the doors and windows that you have one of the sensors placed. On top of that, it doesn’t have cellular backups.
If your power goes out, you have no WiFi, you’re basically going to be defenseless as
it will not be able to get you a notification. [music] Gabe: Now that we’ve gone over the pros and
cons for the Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor home security system, let’s talk about the
feature set. The feature set reflects the components themselves, that is pretty minimal.
You’ll note here that you just have this entry sensor and this motion sensor, and that’s
it. There’s no hub. They directly connect to your WiFi. On top of that, there are two AA batteries
built into the motion detector which can last up to a year which is pretty impressive. Basically,
you can set it up and forget about it for a year. In terms of their capacity, the motion
detector can see up to 20 feet with a 110-degree field of view. Once you place these together, they’ll note
whenever your door has been opened or your window has been closed. One thing I’m actually
pretty impressed that they’ve been able to accomplish here is the ability to have pet
sensitivity. As long as your pet is not above two feet
and four inches tall, it should be able to run around to its heart content without giving
you a barrage of notifications throughout the day. You have those impressive elements
with your Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor Home Security System. [music] Gabe: Let’s talk about the installation experience
with your Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor. It’s pretty straightforward. You’re going
to download the Kangaroo app, input some cursory information, and then you’re going to go to
add a new device. It’ll ask what you’re adding, we put in Motion
and Entry Sensor and then you’re going to pull the yellow tab in your motion sensor
when it tells you to do so. From there, they will sync. You’ll get a little blink on the
motion sensor itself, and then it walks you through actually installing the system in
your home. You decide if you want to put it on a door
or a window. We went with the door. It’s interesting in that it tells you to actually place this
sensor between four feet three inches on your wall and four feet nine inches which is a
little bit lower than we’re used to seeing. Once you’ve put it in place, it will actually
test the system for you so you can open your door or your window, and you can walk around
to make sure that the motion detector is actually picking you up. We really like the fact that it’s pretty thorough
in the installation process, so you don’t have to think about it again later. Overall,
the installation process is pretty straightforward. One thing you’ll note about the Kangaroo Motion
Sensor is that, yes, it has all the elements. Your sensor is here, your magnet is here,
but there’s also a Kangaroo button. You’ll see a little Kangaroo. This is actually
how you can bypass the system if you’re in your home and it’s armed. You want to know
when doors and windows are being open, but you need to go through a particular door. You can actually press here and it gives you
a short window of time to open that door and then, you get a one minute grace period essentially
to conduct whatever business you have. There’s more to the home security system than
what you get in the app. You can actually physically use the system. That’s something
we found interesting about Kangaroo in particular. Let’s have a look at the installation experience
for Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor. [music] Gabe: Hold on. I hope you’re enjoying today’s
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new content weekly. All right, let’s get back to the video. [music] Gabe: Now that we’ve got our Kangaroo Motion
and Entry Sensor Home Security System setup, let’s talk about the professional monitoring
options. Professional monitoring is very important. It gives you that extra layer of security
in case something is actually going wrong. They can alert the proper authorities and
get them to your home. We typically like to see cellular backup coupled
with professional monitoring in case your power is cut and you don’t want to be vulnerable
in that situation. While they do not have cellular backup, Kangaroo does have professional
monitoring. The professional monitoring takes two forms.
You can buy it monthly for $9 a month or for a year saving a lot of money for $60 a year.
You’re not locked in necessarily, but you do have those two options. The distinction
between the basic, or no professional monitoring, and the professional monitoring are actually
pretty significant. You can get text and voice notifications along
with Alexa integration and, of course, the fact that they’ll actually call the proper
authorities to your home if they do not get that safety word from you on the phone. It’s
pretty useful to have the professional monitoring with Kangaroo and we think that they give
you some pretty affordable options for making it a reality. [music] Gabe: Let’s take a look at the customer support
for Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor Home Security System. They give you a lot of options
to getting in touch with them. Of course, you have your online FAQ. They can probably
answer a lot of your questions there. If that’s not enough, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM
to 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, you can live chat them. You can call them. A lot of that you can do
right there in the app. They will call you. You can hit Call Me. They’ll call you. You
can go to chat and get a live chat going on or you can just email them and probably get
an answer back within 24 hours. Overall, they’re bringing a lot to the table,
put a lot of thought and effort into making sure you get your questions answered. Don’t
just take our word for it, but those online people seem to really enjoy it. Of the reviews that we read that specifically
mentioned customer support, a little bit shy of 70 percent of them were positive. Overall,
the customer support for Kangaroo seems to be pretty great. [music] Gabe: Now I want to jump into the mobile application
for the Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor Home Security System, the Kangaroo app. This is
where the rubber hits the road, where you’re going to be interfacing with your home security
system and making sure everything is hunky-dory. People seem to appreciate that experience
on both iPhones and Androids. In the Google Play Store, it has a 4 out of 5-star rating
and in the Apple App Store, it has a striking 4.9 out of 5-star rating. Let’s go ahead and
check it out on my iPhone. Here I am checking out the mobile application
for the Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor Home Security System. You see here at the top it
says, “Security Baron. Home is disarmed. Disarmed by Security Baron.” Right smack dab in the
middle you have your three most important, let’s say, settings for your home security
system. The far left is the unlocked, locked icon.
In the middle, you have the person inside of a home, and on the far right, you have
the locked lock. Each three of these icons represent a different setting. Right now we’re
disarmed. Let’s go ahead and arm this system, just the doors and windows. We’re going to
go ahead and open the door to see what that looks like. I will go ahead and tell you that it is a
not insignificant delay when it comes to letting you know. It’s about a 15-second delay. There
you go. Now it says, “Security alert,” and now, I can dismiss and disarm or I could just
dismiss. I can call 911 but it did say, “Open detected at 11:13 AM.” I’m going to go ahead
and dismiss that. Now, you see that it still says, “Open.” It’s
going to take a moment for it to say, there it is now. Now it says that the close has
been detected. Every time there is a change in state of your entry sensor, it will let
you know when your system is armed for the doors and windows. We have this in our front
door. Now let’s go ahead and say, “Dismiss and disarm.” This is off completely. If we wanted to arm
the system for motion detection and doors and windows, we’d go to the far right icon.
We click on there and now it says, “Home is arming.” You may note right there in the middle it
says, “Home will arm in 4 minutes and 51 seconds.” That’s because it takes five minutes for the
system to arm, giving you plenty of time to get out of the house, make sure you have your
shoes on. You could probably make some ramen noodles,
eat it. You’d be ready to go in the time it takes the Kangaroo System to arm. Let’s go
ahead and hit disarm, stop that process. That’s what you have right there in terms of the
main feature set for the motion and entry sensor in the Kangaroo Home Security System. Now, moving on to what you see below those
three main icons. You see Kangaroo Baron, which is what we named the Motion Sensor Home
and Security System. I can click there. You just see the device name. I can change the
device name if I wanted to. If I wanted to say Kangaroo Baroness. I can change the device
location. We have attic, back door, back entryway, bathrooms one, two, three and four. If you
have more than four bathrooms, I think you may have problems that I’d like to have. Let’s go beyond that. We have voice notification,
text notification. You can see your battery life. One thing to note here is that they do tell
us that the second wave of batteries, once your first batteries die with your Kangaroo
Motion and Entry Sensor, will actually last even longer. Now, the last thing you’ll note
is it says device WiFi signals. We have a strong signal. It lets you know that you can
remove the sensor, and warns you that this action cannot be undone. Below that, you have add a security device.
This is the last thing we’ll touch on for the home page. This allows you to add other
motion sensors, other motion, and entry sensors. They do have sirens and a climate sensor coming
out in the future. You can be sure that Security Baron will give those a run through as soon
as they come out. Let’s go ahead and move on to settings. Now,
you see on the bottom right, you have the gear icon for settings. I’ve tapped on it,
and now I see the different settings. You have a really honestly nice clear display
in the Kangaroo app. You know exactly what you’re getting from
the get-go. They spent some serious time making it an intuitive experience. I can invite other
users to have access to the Kangaroo app. In the top right corner, my home address.
I can have a safety word. I can look at my plan. Now, we have the Kangaroo complete plan
billed at five dollars a month. You get it yearly. Let’s go ahead and go back. You have
the different integrations. Right now, it does integrate with the Amazon Virtual Assistant.
They state that Google Home and IFTTT are coming soon. If I look at the device management, you’ll
see that I can actually change it to battery saver mode, which will actually increase that
arming time, which is already a pretty lengthy 5 minutes to an entire 10 minutes. You can
also go through and look at your system notifications, so you can get, of course, the in-app push
notification, text notifications, voice notifications. Then if you want to, you can turn on contacting
authorities. Now, this is a pretty not intense, but this is an element of the professional
monitoring. It says if you do not respond to the follow-up call from our monitoring
agents, authorities will be contacted and sent to your home. You can create a safety word. Let’s say my
safety word would be security. This was what they’ll use as your safety word when they
call you in order to verify your identity. That’s an important element with any professional
monitoring system. Let’s go ahead and knock this out. Turn it on, turn it off for now.
Those are the options you have in settings. The final tab that I want to show you is the
bottom left where it says support. Here, you see the customer support options. It says
skip the line, let us call you. They actually will just call your line directly. You can
message the support team, which is pretty great that you have the ability to live chat
from 9:00 to 9:00 Eastern time. You can just go visit their FAQ section just
to maybe not have to talk to someone to find the answers to your questions. As you can
see, the resources and effort that they have put into this customer support tab in the
mobile application just reflects the general consideration they seem to have put into making
the app experience both intuitive and useful. [music] Gabe: We’ve broken down the Kangaroo Motion
and Entry Sensor Home Security System, but you’re trying to see if it’s the right thing
for you and your home. I’ll say this. It is a minimalist system that gets your motion
and entry requirements covered, while also offering an affordable and flexible professional
monitoring option. Now, if you’re someone who wants a more comprehensive
system or cellular backup, you’re going to want to look somewhere else. Kangaroo is not
going to provide that. For $30, you can jump aboard this startup’s first foray into the
home security market. [background music] Gabe: That concludes our review of the Kangaroo
Motion and Entry Sensor Home Security System. If you appreciated today’s video, give us
a like and hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure. [music]

5 Replies to “Kangaroo Motion and Entry Sensor Review”

  1. I kind of dont like that th res res a motion sensor door sensor 2 in 1, because I imagine if you have like 2 of them on windows or doors in a room, its double notifications.

  2. Can you use this app for more than one phone? I’d like for my husband and I both to have access if possible for our home.

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  4. The app on play store is down to 3.4 rating, reviews are mostly trash. I returned it immediately to Amazon. The arming and disarming is ridiculous. Went with wyze sense, works flawlessly. No extra monitoring yet, but the devices and apps actually work.

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