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Pros: +Supports 2.4ghz and TWO separate 5ghz wireless channels. This is great if you have a lot of devices in your home, so that they all aren’t competing for the limited wireless bandwidth.
+Very attractive, small and compact router. It has a good weight to it also. The 6 small 3” antennas also look very nice on it, along with the small blue led lights which are easy to view yet still small. The LED lights only flash when connecting, then they stay on with no flashing. There is one orange led that lights when the internet is not connected yet, or down. Overall I really like the looks of this router, its much nicer looking in person than it is on the photos.
+Great Ventilation. The entire router is ventilated with holes around the entire router.
+The network status is listed as “open” on my Xbox One, which is good, because my previous Netgear R7000 router with stock firmware was not showing open, which caused problems with certain features of games. Open is what you want.
+I am getting very good range with this router, on both the 2.4ghz and 5ghz channels. Just as good or slightly better than my Netgear R7000 router, reaching most areas of our two story house which is 65 feet long. The only areas we have problems with a weak 5ghz signal on all routers, are on an L shaped section of the opposite side of the house.
+Good wired USB 3.0 speeds. I am getting 58MB/s read speed and 42MB/s write speeds with my WD Elements external USB 3.0 drive. With an SSD connected to the routers USB 3.0 port, and transferring a large file to an SSD stored on my desktop (to remove any speed limitations of the drive itself) I was getting 68MB/s read speed and 48MB/s write speed when writing back to the drive connected to the router.
Cons: -It does not appear to display the signal strength of each wireless device connected. This is very disappointing to me, as it’s a feature I use all the time to make sure everything is getting a good signal or not. For a router that is designed to handle many devices, this is the very thing it should have in it.
I did discover that under the Advanced Wireless settings, then Statistics, it does temporarily show the current wifi devices transmit rate which changes when the device is active, but does NOT show the signal strength, which is important to have for debugging reasons.
-The android app for the router currently seems worthless.
Other Thoughts: I am running this router with Time Warner Cable using their Arris TG1672 Cable Modem.
Following the setup on the quick install pamphlet was very easy to follow. It also went smoothly. The router interface is very nice looking also, with a “Basic” and “Advanced” section for configuring options.
The router has a 2.4ghz channel, and two separate 5ghz channels. The first 5ghz channel only allows you to manually set channels 36 to 48. The second 5ghz wifi channel setting, you can only manually choose the higher channels from 149 to 161. The higher numbered channels usually are higher power channels which give longer range, although I seem to be getting the same or slightly better 5ghz signal on the lower numbered channels on this router for whatever reason.
I planned on giving this router a 4 star rating, mainly due to the lack of information displayed about the wireless strength of connected devices. However the router has worked great for me, along with everything I tried so far working without hassle. Even connecting a USB 3.0 drive to the router was so simple and required no configuring to get it running. It has also worked totally fine with my Xbox One along with the other two Xbox One consoles (3 total) of another family living here. So I give it 5 stars.
Hopefully some open source firmware will eventually come out for this router. Or at least I hope they please add a status screen with the wireless strength of each connected wireless device.
Pros: +I am getting very good benchmark scores
+Good price for 480GB
+Appears to have a good policy for warranty claims on the drive if you have problems, but I have not tried it to know for sure.
+3 year warranty
Cons: No cons that I have come across so far.
Other Thoughts: I really like this drive more than I thought I would. It’s definitely faster than I expected it to be. Below I will list my benchmarks scores, but did notice that the drive was fastest on the first benchmark run before I put a lot of data on it. However after it sat a while after the slower benchmarks, then it seemed to regain some of the speed that it lost, most likely due to the Trim improving the drive like it should.
This drive does require an operating system that supports Trim.
I tested this on my Desktop Windows 10 PC.
MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Motherboard
Intel i7-4771 CPU
To compare this drive with another drive I own, I have listed my Samsung 830 Drive first (which is was a very popular ssd drive).
Below are AS SSD Benchmarks
***My Samsung 830 SSD used for comparison***
Seq Read: 503.99 MB/s
Seq Write: 402.85 MB/s
4K Read: 21.37 MB/s
4K Write: 86.65 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read: 286.99 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Write: 123.04 MB/s
Acc.time Read: 0.085ms
Acc.time Write: 0.040ms
Score Total: 794
**OCZ 480GB Trion 100 SSD (First benchmark run with no data on the drive)**
Seq Read: 516.64 MB/s
Seq Write: 465.61 MB/s
4K Read: 39.24 MB/s
4K Write: 90.48 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read: 376.05 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Write: 161.93 MB/s
Acc.time Read: 0.033ms
Acc.time Write: 0.037ms
Score Total: 1016
**OCZ 480GB Trion 100 SSD (right after filling it with data the first time, it was slower here)**
Seq Read: 503.94 MB/s
Seq Write: 282.51 MB/s
4K Read: 32.69 MB/s
4K Write: 77.58 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read: 257.95 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Write: 118.34 MB/s
Acc.time Read: 0.224ms
Acc.time Write: 0.037ms
Score Total: 741
**OCZ 480GB Trion 100 SSD (Benchmark run the next day after I filled it with data)**
Seq Read: 525.78 MB/s
Seq Write: 456.22 MB/s
4K Read: 36.61 MB/s
4K Write: 70.69 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read: 377.13 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Write: 140.35 MBs
Acc.time Read: 0.235ms
Acc.time Write: 0.122ms
Score Total: 971
I was surprised that this drive was even beating my Samsung 830 drive in several of the benchmarks. This to me gives it a 5 star rating, as the Samsung 830 was a very popular drive. Such minor differences in speed no one will notice in real use anyways. The OCZ drive appears to be just as thin as the Samsung drive is also, although I did not try this in a laptop. The only main difference I noticed was in the access time for reads, for whatever reason was slower each time after the first test.
Overall I am very happy with this drive so far.
This review is from: DCS-935L HD 720P Day & Night Wide Angle Lens 11AC Wireless Cloud IP Camera
Pros: ** First I should say that I am giving this 4 stars, but was *very* close to giving it 3 stars. Just due to the bugs I have encountered. **
+Nice looking camera with a wide angled viewing lense to see a large portion of the room or area that its aimed at.
+It does have Android and iOS apps which you also use to initially set it up, but the internal interface that you can access through a web browser has FAR more options and settings. The settings when accessed through a browser look very similar to a DLink routers settings.
+The web browser settings allow you to have the camera send you an email when it detects motion. I can send either 6 snapshots within a certain time-frame of the motion, or you can send a 10 second video clip after motion is detected, including a few seconds before it detected the motion. Either can be sent to your email address or an FTP. (Read my cons/comments about the problem with this though) To access the web browser interface you will need the IP address that your router gave the camera and type that in your browser
+The camera has a good picture on it, and even the night viewing lights up a room in total darkness. Better than I had expected anyways.
+Unlike some other reviews I have read, I have had very good wireless range on this camera. Using it with my 802.11ac Netgear R7000 router, I can reach the opposite side of our 65' house, even on 5ghz I am getting a 117mbps connected speed that far away.
Cons: -I had a hard time installing this at first through the Android app. Downloading new firmware was slow, and even when it got to the point where it tried to detect the camera it took a long time, many times timing out before it did detect the camera. It would even reject the default password for the camera. It took me several re-installs (holding in a paperclip for 10 seconds to reset the camera) to get it to finally accept the password. Personally I think its best if you skip the part where the Android app reads the QR Code on the card that comes with it, as I had better luck choosing the manual method and just picking the camera from the list.
-The motion detection works good, and the sending of the video clip or photos worked very good for me once I set it up. However that all changed once I unplugged the camera to move it somewhere else, then plugged it back in. It stopped sending the video clip even though it detected the motion. The ONLY way I could fix this was by manually entering the web browser interface and clicking on the "send test-email", and then clicking the save button again. Obviously this is a huge bug in the firmware.
-The web browser interface only allows you to see the live video if you have java installed. However I had better luck on the mydlink website viewing the live video, or just using the app to view the live video.
-The USB cable which powers the camera is attached to a power adapter, the length is much shorter than I would like. Although you probably could run an extension cord to it.
Other Thoughts: When this camera is working, it works very well. Its just the time consuming bugs that I came across which I mentioned in my cons, that I did not like.
This camera would also be good even if you didn't use it to send you clips for motion. You could use it for a baby monitor or even checking in on a pet if you are away from home. It does have a built in mic to pick up sound also.
The instructions that come with it are incredibly very basic, and you need to initially set it up using the app. It doesn't even mention the web interface. However you can download their manual off of their website which does mention all this, and I would highly recommend downloading that PDF file.
The only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 3 is because it works good when it is working.