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Zmodo Greet - Smart WiFi HD Video Doorbell
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2 out of 5 eggs 07/25/2016

This review is from: Zmodo Greet - Smart WiFi HD Video Doorbell

Pros: The Zmodo Greet Smart Wifi is a product I was anxious to install, unsatisfied with the steps and modifications needed to get it up and running for my home, and then disappointed with the results for a smart device that could have been excellent compared to others with similar capabilities.

When unpacking the Zmodo Greet doorbell, you'll find a solid looking brushed metal device that was designed to fit the styling in the modern smart home. The curves of the housing, brushed aluminum styling, black housing of the camera, and iDevice-like illuminated ring button create an overall sophisticated style for something that is to be displayed prominently at the entrance to your home. Compared to a traditional installed door bells, it is a much bolder choice at your front door. The fit and finish was a positive, and the first impression is one of a solid and reliable product.

Once the Greet doorbell was installed and I verified it would activate my existing in-house bell, next came the pairing of the device to the MeShare application that is required to view the camera and receive door bell alerts. The pairing process was straightforward, and was verified by the blue illuminated ring around the doorbell button turning solid. Pressing the doorbell button caused an alert from the MeShare application, and I was able to view the feed from the camera on my smartphone display. You can press the microphone button on the application to talk back to the person through the doorbell, and a record and snapshot button are available to store what you are viewing.

Cons: The included instructions I found to be lacking in important information you really should know when installing a hard wired, powered device in your home. The specifications on powering the device describe the replacement of a current two wire setup and that a 10ohm capacitor may be needed depending on how your door bell is wired. Specification of the actual voltage required really should be included, especially if this is going in a new construction or there is not a traditionally wired doorbell already in place. I had to do some research on my own to determine if my older system would support this device.

Unfortunately, the rest of the MeShare application and the settings available are what make this a hard product to use past the very basic functions. When you first open the application, you are greeted with a still picture of the camera that was set at some random time, and not the current live image. You have to touch the image to view the live image, and it may or may not actually connect. I suffered from many connection time out errors that never seemed to have a pattern of why they happened, and experienced them insides and outside of my internal network. Any settings necessary to change in your router for external passage are not in the documentation. There is a settings gear for the Greet doorbell allows you to modify the device options. Unfortunately the options are incredibly limited and offer no advanced features to customize the experience outside of a basic notification calendar. Every back button press resulted in an application forced close, so trying to explore the settings options was an exercise in pure frustration.

The MeShare "People" menu looks to be a place where you would add friends to your device, but there is no real description of how this function works and what exactly it is supposed to do. An "Events" menu is the built in gallery for the application to show any recorded video or picture events. I did not find any way to change how events were stored or where. The "Discovery" menu shows you Zmodo partner locations where there products are being used, a feature I would consider useless when you want an application to work for your home security and not as yet another social media platform. From the main settings menu, you can shop for more devices, add devices, view the limited system settings, or visit a support page.

My biggest frustration with the Zmodo Greet Smart Wifi Doorbell was the complete lack of information needed to connect it to the rest of my home security camera platform. I've been able to find nothing on how it may connect as a standard IP camera so it can be added as an additional camera for DIY systems like Blue Iris or iSpy. Having to use a propriety application when viewing this one camera is definitely something to consider, as it can become a hassle to do so when you want to view activities quickly.

The Zmodo Greet Smart Wifi Doorbell is a product I really wanted to like that I just can't recommend. There are far too many issues in the software that make potentially necessary modifications to the existing structure of your home a moot point. If these issues are ever resolved by Zmodo, it might be worth revisiting this item, but until then I would look to other options.

Other Thoughts: Installing the Greet Doorbell to satisfactory results on the front of a home may take some significant modification to your existing doorbell location. My existing doorbell was located on the door frame, and the Zmodo Greet was far too large to fit at that spot without sticking out past the frame. My options were to extend the wiring of my current doorbell and then cover them up with a wire chase, or drill new holes in the brick surrounding the frame to re-route the bell wiring from inside the house. Having the option to power via a battery or at least a tradition type of power supply would greatly enhance the installation options for a standard DIY type of installer.

Since the MeShare application was obviously released as an unfinished product that should barely be considered of Beta test quality, it's hard to compare this Doorbell camera compared to several other options in this category. If you could bypass the application all together, retain the hard wired ring function of your home's doorbell, and pair it to other IP camera applications, it would be a mere annoyance that you could bypass. Without that functionality however, the entire product suffers from being well made hardware with almost unusable software.

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NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty
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4 out of 5 eggs Does just what you want with PoE passthrough. 05/04/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty

Pros: The PoE power is pretty interesting. I have a 1Gbps PoE switch and used that to power this switch. Saves me power as well as I can get it into some areas that may be more convenient to run more Ethernet. I was able to get it up and running quickly as you’d expect with a switch.

With the 2 power pass-through ports 1 and 2 I was able to run 2 Axis PoE cameras off this. Surprisingly they powered up without issue which was surprising to me and was more than enough speed to handle the throughput.

It’s a simple, small, sturdy feeling metal enclosure which never got warm to touch or felt like it would overheat. It’s also quiet given it has no fans I can hear. It can be mounted on the bottom which is great for an office environment to keep it out of the way.

Cons: I’d like to be able to see what draw the power has from each device on each port. While my cameras are plugged in with the PoE Pass through I can’t tell if it’s drawing 1 watt or 20 watts. It’d be nice to have some either real time data or at least see what it believes it’s pushing.

I don’t get too much visibility in the web interface for a smart switch. I use a Buffalo Web Switch which is already pretty bare bones but lets me see and specify what PoE power setting I’d like manually. A Dell PowerConnect has full features and at least of the 3 would be top of the class. Netgear could stand to give some additional visibility into some basic smart switch networking.

Other Thoughts: Being PoE it is harder to integrate power management with my APC system. I also am unable to put it through standard Belkin style power monitoring device. It draws so little power that I’m not incredibly worried about this but it’d have been a nice addition to partner with APC to integrate into their PowerChute software.

If you treat this as a basic PoE powered and PoE passthrough dumb switch it’s really not too bad but then at that same token this is hitting a higher end price for that. It has been nothing but solid for me in use and has worked as expected.

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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 240 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with Dual 120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: The product when installed looks pretty cool. I’m using an i5 3570K which after stress testing with Prime95 it came in about 30C cooler than the stock cooler maxing at 55C.

I started overclocking my CPU and I haven’t gotten it above 80C yet at 20% CPU increase. The radiator feels very sturdy as do the 2 fans to mount to it. Quality here was excellent. Much cooler for much higher ratings than air cooling.

The configuration is almost a one size fits all and does support newer chipsets which is handy.

Cons: I was using a Zalman quiet cooler which was very noticeably quieter than this system.

I also use an open bench case which doesn’t have a great way to mount the radiator.

The tubing doesn’t flex very well which makes it difficult to install. With my configuration the tubing which is the lower quality portion of this is right next to other components.

Other Thoughts: The instructions could use a few words. I understand the reasoning not to as pictures are universal language wise but I’d have appreciated a couple words to help with the order.

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