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TRENDnet TV-IP310PI (v1.0R) 10/100 Mbps PoE Rort Outdoor 3 MP HD Bullet Day/Night IP Camera
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Solid construction. IR illumination appears to be decent. An outdoor PoE camera for under 200 bucks.

Cons: Unfortunately this camera has lots of issues:

- Configuration software is a joke--it couldn't even find my camera on the network. I used the web configuration tool, which is not much better, but is at least serviceable.
- Image quality is mediocre, even at high quality settings. Tons of motion blur makes the image a smeared, ugly mess.
- Manual claims that the device supports passwords up to 16 digits long, with a limited set of special characters. I input a 16-character password using only the specified special characters, and the web config software went completely haywire. It went into an infinite "Enter Password" loop, which I eventually escaped from by clicking Cancel. After that, I couldn't configure the camera at all, and had to do a factory reset. By the way, any Joe off the street could factory reset this camera by unplugging it, holding the easily-accessible Reset button, and plugging it back in (you don't even need to unscrew a panel, like you do with most other outdoor cams). Not the best feature if you're using this item as a security camera.
- Network storage configuration pages are terrible; the web UI doesn't even include a Test button to tell you whether or not the network information you entered was valid or recognized. I couldn't get it to work at all using NFS or Samba.
- Other reviewers have commented on the dimness of the power LED; it was so dim that I honestly couldn't tell if it was on.
- Not compatible with my home automation system (Vera/MiOS), but that's more of a knock against MiOS for not supporting RTSP.

Overall, this camera seems like a decently-built piece of hardware that is completely crippled by unfinished firmware and software. Additionally, it doesn't seem like the manufacturer thought much about security, which doesn't fill me with confidence when I'm using this as a security device.

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Kensington  2-in-1 Car Charger and AUX Audio Cable Model K39204US
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as advertised. Compatible with iPhone 4. Power adapter is very low-profile and doubles as a charger for any USB device. Heavy-duty fabric-wrapped cables. All components seem sturdy and well-made.

Cons: None. Just get it.

Other Thoughts: It would be awesome if the kit came with Kensington's dual-USB cigarette lighter adapter, but I'm just being greedy.

Apparently the dock connector won't fit if you have one of Apple's Bumper cases. I use a 3rd party case, so I have not experienced this issue.

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ICY DOCK MB876SK-B Aluminum 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Good, but loud and not secure. 01/26/2011

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB876SK-B Aluminum 3.5" SATA I, II & III Hard Drive Mobile Rack Enclosure

Pros: Drive trays are interchangeable with the Icy Dock external enclosure I already own. Well-made, except for the lock. Comes with screws.

Cons: The fan is bloody loud, and spins at a constant speed regardless of whether or not a drive is currently in the bay. When a drive is installed, it gets even louder.

Not a big deal for me, but the security lock is a joke. I inserted a drive and turned the lock, and was still able to remove the drive using only slightly more pressure than is normally required. At least nothing broke when I did that.

Other Thoughts: Because of the fan noise, I'm keeping the drive bay unplugged, which kind of defeats the purpose of a hot-swap bay.

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Display Name: Brent M.

Date Joined: 06/07/05

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 09/24/07
  • Last Review: 09/10/14
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