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D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Well, before I got this camera to review, I actually owned the previous generation (932-L). This product has great small packaging with not a lot of waste (so very eco-friendly). In the box you get the camera, a power cord, an ethernet cord and the instructions as well as some product info pamphlets. Setup was easy. Two options to get going: connect it to the router through the provided ethernet cord or use the WPS button on the back of the product. Then once the light turns green (usually after a minute), go to the website and download and run the setup software and it is now good to run with the mobile app on your phone. This device works both during the night and day. Using the other features of the device is a bit more difficult (see cons), but once you get them going it is an awesome device.

Advanced Features:
-Emailing/FTP of either motion detection or regular interval pictures.
-New with this next generation is to take actual video recording and FTP it up to a site.
-MicroSD card slot for video recording

The mobile app is wonderful as it provides the live feed of your camera on your phone (iphone and android), provides a way to push firmware to the camera and take easy snapshots. Overall I have had its older brother (the 932-L) running for a year without any issues and am hoping this one will be the same.

Cons: The biggest let down on this device is doing the advanced features of the device. After initial setup, there is nothing to tell you how to setup the advanced features. The way I knew how to get to them was from using its older brother. First you must determine the IP address of the device from your network. Once you get that, you open an internet browser and type in the IP address to login to the internet interface. Once you get in with the username of admin and the password you used to do the initial setup you get brought to an ugly interface of black and orange, which doesn’t make any sense as D-Link’s colors are white and blue. The menu of the interface is very confusing but once you google search on how to do everything you’ll eventually figure it out. I am very disappointed by the way to access these advanced features. Other than that the only other feature missing from this camera is being able to pan and tilt it, but if you want that there are other camera’s for that.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this isn’t the best camera for keeping your house secure...I would say the best option this can be used for is a nanny cam. I am disappointed with the online interface of managing the camera and its advanced features. Looking at the original price of $200, I would say that is way too high for the features and functionality of this camera, but since it is on sale for $70 I would say that is a fair price. The mobile app shines in watching a live feed and taking snapshots and updating firmware. I just wish that D-Link would fix the disgusting interface of managing the camera.

ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great Board, Great Performance 07/13/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is the first time I got to try anything made from ASRock. Overall, I am impressed. I tested this board with some parts from my current build. For the processor I used my 4770k Intel Haswell processor (for those who don’t know this is one of the better processors out there) along with 12GB of RAM. Before I get to performance I am going to go into the form factor of this board. Starting on the back, you have 6 USB 3.0 ports in combination with 2 USB 2.0 ports...overall you won’t run out of places to plug in your external devices. Display-wise, you have an HDMI port, a DVI port, a VGA port and a Displayport great for connecting all types of monitors without the need of a graphics card. Finally you have your gigabit ethernet port supporting 10/100/1000 Mbps. On top of the board, you have a variety of expansion slots for your graphics cards or sound cards. (3 - PCI x1 slots, 3 - PCI x16 slots) Finally to increase performance of the board it does include the Z97 Chipset.

First startup for me almost gave me a heart attack as it had a little “glitch” came on then immediately shut off. Once I turned it on again it was fine and I was able to load to the bios just fine...not too sure what happened, but I had no issues after that. Performance wise everything went great with the help from the Z97 Chipset. I loaded windows onto a regular hard drive and boot times were very low (12-15 seconds).

Cons: Make sure you do not get an oversized heat sink as it may block one of your RAM slots. The drivers cd includes the regular Google bloatware as well as some other junk you probably don’t want, but it is all easily uninstallable. Overall, otherwise I had no other issues with this board.

Other Thoughts: This is a great choice in boards for the 1150 Intel Z97 Chipset. Performace and design wise it is a great board. Some minor issues with the placement of the RAM being close to the CPU and the install CD’s including some bloatware, but other than that, it is a great board. I would recommend to anyone looking to build their performance pc.

TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is my second Power Line Wi-fi Range extender I have had the chance to test for newegg. I’ve had this device for about a month and have been loving it ever since. Let’s start with the pros:

1. This is a very simple setup device. For just its basic functions of passing the connection through the power lines in my apartment, all you have to do is plug the main end near your router and the second one plugs in wherever you need more range on your wi-fi or just to access the internet through the power line connection.

2. After initial setup, doing more of the advanced functions is pretty easy. It allows for an entirely different named network. Basically, this can help when you want to only connect to the range extender versus still trying to connect to your original wi-fi network.

3. This unit comes with 2 ethernet cables included…one to connect the one end to the router and the other is to connect to any device you want.

4. The range extender feature is nice as I can now access wi-fi on my deck outside…I normally couldn’t do that with my normal wi-fi network.

5. Speeds are pretty fantastic whether it is through the wi-fi extension or through the power line network.

Overall, this is a great device for those looking to extender their existing wi-fi and have power line connections to devices that require a wired connections like blue ray players, older non-wifi televisions and older gaming systems.

Cons: Like with most devices, this one does come with its share of cons…not big enough to take away an egg, but just suggestions for TP-Link to fix for future versions of this device:

1. The LED’s are a bit distracting if you put the device on an outlet visible to the eyes…for me, mine is hidden behind furniture, so it does not affect me unless I move it to another outlet.

2. The documentation could be a tad clearer to explain certain functions of the device, but most of your answers can be found through google.

3. Trying this on a power surge protector can be tricky…I have read forums where sometimes it works out a power surge protector and sometimes it doesn’t. You’ll just have to try it out for yourself.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this device is a great device for its price. It can extend your WiFi to help you get a better signal upstairs, downstairs or outside. This device also helps with trying to provide a wired connection wherever you want within your home, so those older devices that don’t have wifi can now get a connection to the internet.


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Date Joined: 10/22/10

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