Introduction

Canary is not so easy to disassemble. But fiddle with the rubber foot until it pops off, and you're on your way...

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Video Camera, use our service manual.

Image 1/2: Canary uses multiple screw types.  If you ever hope to get it back together, consider a screw management system (here plastic bags for each section of the disassembly). Image 2/2: Once you get the base off, you'll need to peel off the front plate (held on with double sticky tape).
  • The key to cracking open Canary is in the base. First pop off the rubber foot, and remove four screws.

  • Canary uses multiple screw types. If you ever hope to get it back together, consider a screw management system (here plastic bags for each section of the disassembly).

  • Once you get the base off, you'll need to peel off the front plate (held on with double sticky tape).

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Image 1/3: Note the attention to detail: there's a second PCB board for no apparent purpose other than making the audio jack line up with the USB jack.  That's obsession! Image 2/3: The little chimney is, in fact, a chimney.  The idea is that hot air from the electronics rises, drawing room air.  This is an older approach (see grated US patent http://patents.justia.com/patent/6347747 ). Image 3/3: The little chimney is, in fact, a chimney.  The idea is that hot air from the electronics rises, drawing room air.  This is an older approach (see grated US patent http://patents.justia.com/patent/6347747 ).
  • The base does not do all that much. It holds Ethernet, audio jack, and USB power plugs, along with a steel plate for heft.

  • Note the attention to detail: there's a second PCB board for no apparent purpose other than making the audio jack line up with the USB jack. That's obsession!

  • The little chimney is, in fact, a chimney. The idea is that hot air from the electronics rises, drawing room air. This is an older approach (see grated US patent http://patents.justia.com/patent/6347747 ).

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Image 1/3: The huge round thing is a buzzer.  The round PCB board hosts the 2.4Ghz WiFi and bluetooth antennas (there is no 5Ghz). Image 2/3: The infrared LED board sports a plastic frame to aim each LED separately. Image 3/3: The infrared LED board sports a plastic frame to aim each LED separately.
  • The inside is dominated by a aluminum plate with dimples for the Ambarella A5S CPU and the back of the image sensor. The heat sink presses against the outer case, through a squishy thermal interface material (TIM).

  • The huge round thing is a buzzer. The round PCB board hosts the 2.4Ghz WiFi and bluetooth antennas (there is no 5Ghz).

  • The infrared LED board sports a plastic frame to aim each LED separately.

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Image 1/2: A switchable IR blocking filter is included for day/night mode.  This blocks IR light during the day, but switches to be transparent at night. Image 2/2: The lens holder is unremarkable.  Components are placed within the light chamber to allow the back to support the heat sink.
  • Canary achieves its flat lens front with an extra sheet of glass that's not optically active. Buried inside is a conventionally shaped M12 security lens.

  • A switchable IR blocking filter is included for day/night mode. This blocks IR light during the day, but switches to be transparent at night.

  • The lens holder is unremarkable. Components are placed within the light chamber to allow the back to support the heat sink.

  • Note the empty holes for... some sort of sensor, not stuffed. Maybe air quality?

  • That's it. I hope you've enjoyed this tour into the insides of Canary.

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Bryce Nesbitt

Member since: 11/30/2014

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Could this act as a siren replacement?

https://www.amazon.com/Install-Essential...

Mike Beck - Reply

Hi there! What do they use measure air quality? In fact what is air quality for Canary - CO2 or something else?

Gary - Reply

Would like to know WiFi module model? Artheros?

Chihwei Lu - Reply

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