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D-Link DCS-855L HD 720P Day/Night 2-Way Audio Temperature Sensor Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The features are well thought out on this camera; night vision, temperature/noise/motion alerts, ability to control the camera remotely, 2-way audio, ability to record video or take pictures - this camera really has everything my wife and I could hope for in a high tech baby monitor. There's very little lag on the video feed and it just overall works great!

My wife particularly appreciates the constant sound feed she can have through her cell phone to hear when the baby is awake/crying, and that she can then immediately pull up the video feed on her phone to see what's going on.

Once you get the camera set up, it's pretty simple to use either locally or remotely - you can use the app on your smartphone (required for setup) or use your web browser.

All required wall mounting material included.

I would not describe the smartphone app as perfect by any stretch of the imagination (I did encounter a couple bugs and a couple random crashes), I did not experience any major problems with it as some others seem to have experienced. I would say that it worked in acceptable fashion. Good enough to show up in the "pro" category instead of "con" for me.

Cons: Four relatively minor things that really irk me and result in one docked egg:
1) No 5 GHz wifi support. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It's 2015 guys... 5 GHz wireless is standard, and it absolutely should be supported on this device. You're willing to require a smartphone but then rely on a decade old wifi standard? Lame. You will need to connect your smartphone to the 2.4 GHz band to set the camera up, as the camera will not see 5 GHz signal.

2) Requirement of a smartphone app in the first place. This is a bit ridiculous, to be honest - you ought to be able to set everything up just as easily on a PC as a phone. Fortunately, I had no issues with the mobile app on Android, but it's still a bit unnecessary. IF YOU DON'T OWN A SMARTPHONE/TABLET, DO NOT BUY.

3) Requirement of a browser extension to use the camera in your web browser. Again, this is just annoying, and while it works well, it would be nice to see a solution that didn't require downloading addons.

4) Unintuitive user interface particularly on the smartphone app. I get that everyone likes simple picture icons but come on guys... adults will be using this, not kids. You can use words to explain what things do... you don't have to use 19 different picture icons where we have to guess what each one does. This camera has too many different settings and controls for this style of UI on its own to be sufficient.

Other Thoughts: We have two young children and a newborn, and before receiving this camera we relied on simple sound monitors for babies. Going from sound monitors with terrible range to a full on video camera with night vision and remote monitoring definitely felt like making the jump to the 21st century! It's just unfortunate that a few little nagging issues keep the whole package back from perfection.

I definitely recommend this camera to any parents who have some technical ability and who own a smartphone/tablet and want a true 21st century baby monitor. My wife sleeps easier at night with this camera in place - I suspect it will bring peace of mind to many others as well.

NOTE: Setup took about an hour for me due (mostly) to the need to download a firmware update to the camera (which happens automatically through the cell phone app).

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ASRock G10 AC2600 Gigabit Gaming Router+ Free HDMI 2-in-1 Travel router+ Miracast adapter
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very strong signal; I got good network speeds on the 5 GHz band everywhere in my house and did not need range extenders as I typically do to keep the signal strong enough for my families' smartphones.

Ideal for families with multiple devices in the wireless due to the MIMO / beamforming tech. You will get better performance across multiple devices than you would with older tech.

Super simple to setup and use; the user interface is well done.

The wireless dongle has some interesting functionality if you want to use it as a miracast dongle... it is cool to stream video from a NAS attached to this router to a TV elsewhere in the house. Oh and by the way the built in NAS functionality is great - had no problems hooking up my two 3TB USB 3.0 drives as a NAS.

Sleek aesthetic that is not as garish as many "gaming" devices - it fits right at home in the living room.

So in short, it performs great, has TONS of bandwidth, and is very easy to use.

Cons: The wireless dongle is, in my opinion, pretty useless as a travel router. You can get better travel routers for twenty bucks.

I'm not a fan of the IR functionality... it requires a smartphone and I found it to be a bit of a pain.

Other Thoughts: This router is amazing. If it's within your budget and you are a wireless gamer OR you just have 3+ devices on your wireless at any given time, I strongly recommend this router.

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CORSAIR RMx RM650X 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks great
Runs cool
Runs silent
Fully Modular
Cable lengths are nice
Gold Efficiency
Top marks from professional reviews
Powered my i7-2600k + GTX 980 Ti rig with no problems

Cons: A bit expensive but you get what you pay for

Other Thoughts: This is the perfect power supply for a high end CPU + single GPU setup even with big overclocks on both. You'll need more power in most multiple GPU configurations but single GPU you can't go wrong here.

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Display Name: Joshua M.

Date Joined: 06/07/05

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  • First Review: 01/09/11
  • Last Review: 12/17/15
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