Kangaroo Home Security Motion Sensor

Brand: KANGAROO
Manufacturer: Roo Inc.
Model: MOTION1
EAN: 0856537008008
Category: Gadgets & Tools
Price: $14.99  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 0.70 x 3.55 x 1.55 inches
Shipping Wt: 2.00 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Keep a watchful eye over your domain 24/7 by installing the Kangaroo home security motion sensor inside your humble abode. It features a compact and discreet design that'll seamlessly blend in with the decor and will instantly alert your phone when m

Features

  • SECURITY FOR ALL: Got a smartphone, WiFi and somewhere to monitor? Our Kangaroo Motion Sensor has you covered. An easy step to a safer home, the Motion Sensor detects motion and sends an alert directly to your phone. Choose to monitor your own home with our free Basic plan, or kick it up a notch with our Complete plan, which includes the option to have professional monitoring. Great for keeping tabs on apartments, bedrooms, dorms or entire houses!
  • PET REJECTION TECHNOLOGY: Nothing’s worse than a day full of false alarms. We designed a special setup for pet parents, which the app will conveniently walk you through, that keeps Fido from triggering your sensors. Check out our reviews and you’ll see: pet parents are pleased!
  • PICK YOUR PLAN: One plan does not fit all. With Kangaroo, you can choose to monitor your home for FREE or subscribe for a little more assistance. Kangaroo Basic allows for unlimited user invitations and sends you push notifications alerts. It’s a great option for your own home or a low-risk space. Kangaroo Complete gives you the added bonus of text and voice notifications, Alexa integration and even the option to have a professional monitoring center follow up with you should you miss an alert.
  • UP TO 20% OFF INSURANCE: When you opt for Kangaroo Complete, you’ll be eligible for up to 20% off your homeowners or renters insurance rate with providers like State Farm, Allstate, Farmers, Liberty, Travelers, USAA, Nationwide, Chubb, and many others. We take care of all the tedious paperwork, leaving you free to enjoy the peace of mind for as little as $5 per month paid annually.

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Top Reviews

Works in a mailbox
by Baron (3 out of 5 stars)
December 29, 2018

I bought this mainly to work as a mail notice device. My mailbox is all metal and about 200 feet from the router. Perfectly detects when mailbox is opened or mail is dropped in. Also was easy to install and setup. There are a couple of bad things about it which is why I took off stars. First bad thing is it takes 5 minutes to arm. I believe this is to allow you time to leave the room. However you can arm it when outside the room so this 5 minute wait is useless. Also you can't exit the app during the 5 minute arming time. The next bad thing is you have to dismiss and disarm the device after each motion detection or it wont pick up any more motion detections. Then you can wait 5 minutes to arm it again. This is just a stupid design choice. The next is just a minor bad thing but there is a 15 second delay between motion detection and getting a notification. I have a couple of other motion detectors and one is nearly instant. Update: 2/05/2019 Adding a star to this because it has been below freezing for the last few days and it still works outside in the mailbox. Note for indoor use you would be better off with wyze cam which is cheaper and has a camera. Update 8/13/2019 Stopped working on me. I changed out the battery but it is still not working. No errors, it just will not trigger. So that is 9 months before dying. Might get another since it is so cheap and might still be worth buying even if it doesn't last a year. Going to test another sensor I have and see how that does first though.
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Overall Great Security System, Excited for New Products
by C Hto (5 out of 5 stars)
January 7, 2019

I have nothing but positive things to say about Kangaroo. First off, their app and shipping times are solid. Instillation is a breeze, and didn't have any problems. The device itself is very good, I like how it looks, it's pretty small, and the sticker is modern but sticks out to intruders. The pet-rejection tech has worked for me, and I like how it even shows you in the app apoun setup how to install it. The app is really simple (in a good way) and modern. It works like it should, but doesn't have hardly bells and whistles. You can hardly change the arming exit-delay (only 5 minutes or 10 minutes) or set motion detection schedules. To be fair, IFTTT integration is coming soon, which will allow much more customization, but other than that, it's really just "one use one purpose."

After searching for months for a security system that would meet all of my need, I realized there isn't one. So I just decided to buy Kangaroo's motion detector. It worked great, and I saw that they had other products coming soon (including a keypad/alarm & door/window sensor with built-in motion detector), so I bought more. The arming/disarming is really simple, and with Apple Shortcuts, you can use Siri to disarm and arm. There is a 5 (or 10) minute exit delay, which is helpful when getting everyone out of the house and such, but sometimes it's not necessary. It would be nice to have an "instant arm" feature. I've found there's about a one or so minute delay when motion is detected and to when I get a notification (with high-speed internet), so that could be a little bit of an issue for some but works fine for me.

The "Complete Plan" includes 24/7 Professional monitoring, which is a good option. It's only about $5 a month, so when you look at other companies like ADT or SimpliSafe, you will be saving a ton, but will lose tons of features. The Monitoring agents are really friendly, calm, and professional, and are quick in response. I've only had positive experiences with them (the one time motion was detected) so I'm very happy in terms of customer service. The only problem i've found in the plan is that there is no cellular backup. This means that if you lose power (therefore internet), for some reason have no wifi, or if a burglar cuts your cables, then you'll have no security system. Most (if not all) other companies have cellular backup, but they also cost up to 5 times the price. So it's a feature that I'd like to see in the future, but maybe not necessary at the current price point. The company is small, so I bet they just don't have the user base to be able to afford cellular backup at this time.

The customer service is easily the best I have every experienced. They are incredibly friendly, are so nice, and always give you what you want in the long run. I requested three extra stickers for my home (expecting to pay) and they said they would send them for free. A couple days later, they said that they couldn't find any stickers to send me, so instead they were going to send three free motion detectors!! (A $90 value!) I am incredibly happy with their service. Instead of waiting on hold for them to answer, you request a call, and when an agent is available, they will call you back! I requested one, and they called within a minute. Incredibly happy with customer service, but this is a small company, so I expect that this service may decline as they expand. (Just a theory.)

I am especially excited for their new products. If i'm being honest, I don't think I would continue to buy their products if it wasn't for knowing that there are more to come in the future. I need a conclusive security system with a keypad (for guests and cleaning lady), and a siren. If you are just monitoring a vacation home, wine cellar, sauna or just have a tight budget, this won't be an issue, but for me, I'd like to use it on a daily basis. So therefore, I am incredibly excited for their new products and will certainly buy them.

Pros
-Affordable
-No false alarms
-Functions like it should
-Good Pet Rejection Tech
-AMAZING customer service
-Easy Modern App
-Includes Stickers

Cons
-No cellular backup
-Not much integration yet (IFTTT & Google Home coming "soon", Alexa (with Complete plan)

Overall, amazing company. Very excited to see what they have for the future!

Hope you found my review helpful in convincing you to buy their products, and have a good day.
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We had burglars arrested!
by Kingsman (5 out of 5 stars)
March 7, 2019

Biggest flaw would have to be no unique alert tone; it's the same notification as any other app. It's not possible to distinguish.

UPDATE: This company actually listened to my review and came up with a unique alert tone! And a perfect one at that. It is semi quiet which is good at ensuring an intruder doesn't hear it, but eerie to where it wakes you up from deep sleep instantly. Ever since we had car break-ins, we leave our car unlocked with this alarm armed every night. We recently had men with gloves on going through our car at 4 am. The kangaroo alarm notification woke us up. We looked at our security cameras and saw the burglars. We called the police and they responded quickly and arrested the individuals. We are pressing charges.

Thank you Kangaroo. I told all my friends about this product. It works.

I installed mine on the windshield facing down. It detects any movement in the car, and does not detect outside the car. At night, car lights sometimes cause a false alarm, but hardly ever. We might move it inside the glove box to reduce false alarms. We will continue to leave our car unlocked and armed to catch punks and have them arrested.
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Pet Smart, Super Effective, Easy To Use
by G Yago (5 out of 5 stars)
September 17, 2018

Our sweet mutt kept triggering our old motion sensor, which put us in the market for an alternative.

The Kangaroo's pet-rejection tech was not just simple and easy to install, it has our home security system working how it should. 10/10 would recommend.
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Mom of teenagers!
by Doreen Murray (5 out of 5 stars)
October 31, 2018

I have a teenager who is testing my limits. Let's just say this little app here just made my job as a parent a little bit easier! Highly recommend I just purchased another one. Great value and great product.
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Works in a mailbox
by Baron,Top Contributor: Batman (3 out of 5 stars)
December 29, 2018

I bought this mainly to work as a mail notice device. My mailbox is all metal and about 200 feet from the router. Perfectly detects when mailbox is opened or mail is dropped in. Also was easy to install and setup.

There are a couple of bad things about it which is why I took off stars. First bad thing is it takes 5 minutes to arm. I believe this is to allow you time to leave the room. However you can arm it when outside the room so this 5 minute wait is useless. Also you can't exit the app during the 5 minute arming time.

The next bad thing is you have to dismiss and disarm the device after each motion detection or it wont pick up any more motion detections. Then you can wait 5 minutes to arm it again. This is just a stupid design choice.

The next is just a minor bad thing but there is a 15 second delay between motion detection and getting a notification. I have a couple of other motion detectors and one is nearly instant.

Update: 2/05/2019

Adding a star to this because it has been below freezing for the last few days and it still works outside in the mailbox. Note for indoor use you would be better off with wyze cam which is cheaper and has a camera.

Update 8/13/2019

Stopped working on me. I changed out the battery but it is still not working. No errors, it just will not trigger. So that is 9 months before dying. Might get another since it is so cheap and might still be worth buying even if it doesn't last a year. Going to test another sensor I have and see how that does first though.
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Easy setup and works smoothly
by JS2-2 (5 out of 5 stars)
October 12, 2018

This sensor was so easy and quick to set up - I expected it to take much longer than it did! During my test run, it alerted me every time and I feel much more comfortable leaving the house now. I live in an apartment so it's also nice to know when maintenance has been in our unit so I can keep tabs on that. This is an affordable option for keeping my place secure.
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Not good for non-monitoring
by MLK (1 out of 5 stars)
April 8, 2019

If you do not sign up for their monitoring you only have an alert through their app, no text, sound or voice alerts. You have to check the app to find out if an alert was triggered and if you have the app open at the time of the alert it does not show the alert. You need to close the app and reopen it to see the notification. When you do have an alert, you have to disarm and rearm the device, no other options. The app cuts off part of fields in the setting, such as "create a safety word" the words after ".. verify your" are obscured. It did trigger alerts with motion, but the notification process is not acceptable. I would guess that if you signed up for their monitoring for $10/month the alert process would be better.
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You have to have WiFi to use it, and we don't have WiFi, so we have never opened it
by Karen Silvious (1 out of 5 stars)
October 7, 2019

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Meh. Could be better
by Laura Boren (2 out of 5 stars)
November 3, 2018

I was super excited about getting a security system for my apartment!

I got it in the mail on the 31st and had a hard time setting it up. Every time I went to enter my phone number I had to try again.

Tried entering is several different ways and all the ways the customer services representatives suggested.

It took the 2 days to get it to work through their app maintenance people (or whatever they are called).

Finally got logged in and was a little disappointed because I thought it had a camera in it, but is only motion activated.

It takes 10 minutes for the alarm to set.

It says I can add people to my household but won't send the invite to my husband.

Also it takes like a minute to actually send me a notification to my phone that they detected a motion.

AND they don't have it set up where if you don't respond to turn the alarm off in time (which there is no alarm sound), it doesn't call the police. You have to opt to do it yourself.

It's very simple use and not was I was expecting, especially for the price.

I think it's still relatively new? So maybe that's why it's so simple, but it gets 2 stars right now.
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Only monitors 16 feet
by SW (1 out of 5 stars)
May 7, 2019

Bought it for my hall way BUT it only picks up for 15 ft. I wish I realized that before buying. Does me no good my hallway is much longer

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