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ASRock H170M Pro4S LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs There's some good stuff about this budget board. 04/09/2016

This review is from: ASRock H170M Pro4S LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is a great board for a budget skylake build. Here's why I chose it:

4 x memory slots (up to 64GB ddr4) great if you want to run a bunch of virtual machines

2x digital video outs hdmi/dvi you can easily have a dual monitor setup without adding a video card.

Plenty Sata connectors if you want set up large storage spaces w/ multiple drives.

Ultra M.2 -- although didn't use this yet, when i upgrade to a really fast pcie hdd, it will be ready.

Intel networking -- nice and reliable for a business user.

Cons: Looks like less fully featured for overclocking, so this really isn't an enthusiasts board.

Other Thoughts: Consider this board for a home or business workstation without breaking the bank with features you don't need. As the basis for a gaming rig its not bad, get a fast processor and drop in a nice video card and you're off to the races for short money.

Special mention: The bios setup screen (in basic mode) rocks. Highly cool. I may never boot into bios again, but it certainly looked great when i did.

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Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LR-US 802.11ac Long Range Access Point
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5 out of 5 eggs Every bit as good as advertised 04/09/2016

This review is from: Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LR-US 802.11ac Long Range Access Point

Pros: High quality AP with two radios, AC and excellent range and sensitivity.

Price is awesome.

Includes PoE injector (no need to buy one.)

Looks great.

Easy to use software, and now a new ios app to make config of simple deployments easy for the soho enthusiast.

Cons: Tempted to say none.

Controller software (for full control, etc of all features) must be installed on a computer. This allows controlling a multi-ap deployment, with things like roaming between AP's, guest network portals, etc. While a necessity for those kinds of deployments, home users are used to "logging into" their network devices directly with a webpage, so it may cause some confusion. Don't be confused :) Works great. You can always use the phone app to set it up if you prefer.



Other Thoughts: New egg is carrying these now, so order up.

I chose this model over the Unifi AP AC PRO. Max transmit dbs are slightly higher, and it boasts of higher receive sensitivity as well. Max power consumption is slightly lower. The PRO wins (on paper) with additional 5Ghz antenna, true PoE (better for longer ethernet runs), and the ability to reuse an existing Unifi AP mounting plate (if you're upgrading.

As my ethernet run is less than 25 feet and i generally have fewer than 20 devices connected at any one time (even fewer at 5Ghz) the AP AC LR won the spot on my ceiling.

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EZVIZ Mini 720p HD Wireless Home Security Cloud Camera with 12-Month Subscription to 7-Day Cloud Recording included
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Picture and Sensitivity and a couple nice features. 04/09/2016

This review is from: EZVIZ Mini 720p HD Wireless Home Security Cloud Camera with 12-Month Subscription to 7-Day Cloud Recording included

Pros: This little indoor camera has an absolutely superb picture. Its sensitivity is excellent, an maintains a sharp, color picture with little light. The night vision feature is excellent as well, with sharpness and range better than other cameras I've used. Audio is pretty clear, too.

The camera is small, with a magnetized mount allowing quick and easy deployment as long as you are fairly close to a power source. If a metal surface is not available to attach to, there is an included bracket and screws for a more permanent mounting. The ball-and-socket pivot has not adjustment or lock, but hold the camera in place well, even upside down.

Connecting to wifi was pretty straightforward. Although no wps button for one touch adoption, the ios app quickly found the device, allowed to define the SSID and password for connection. A quick restart, and the device was on the netowrk.

The way it achieves this is pretty clever...I hadn't seen a device work quite this way so follow the directions carefully. What seems to happen is that when the camera is started for the first time, it makes its own wifi network for you to initially connect and configure the device. While this is common, the particular approach is a bit sneaky. The device creates a very low power wifi network, with a hidden SSID. The ios app knows how to find it, connect to it briefly to set your host SSID and password, then tell it to switch to that network. Pretty slick. No manually changing networks on your iphone, no searching for the right connection or complex passwords. Just fire it up and follow the app instructions. Props, dev dudes.

The camera designers are security wonks, apparently. By default the H.264 video stream is encrypted -- a nice touch for those concerned about hackers finding a live feed of a crib-cam or some other private stream. Just choose a nice secure password. Local storage in micro sd is encrypted as well.

The ios app is tightly coupled with a web account where the "full" features and settings are available. I use quotes because the settings are pretty limited, but get the basics done. One neat feature allows you to flip the picture upside down, useful if you want to ceiling mount the camera.

A motion sensing features allows you to receive alerts and will upload video clips to your web account (12 months free service is included for a limited time). Even without the paid service, the camera is viewable, using your account or an app, from outside your home network so it makes simple remote security easy.

Cons: Features. While clearly a thoughtful design, and still under active development, the current set of features you can manage are limited. You can turn on and off the encryption, and turn on and off the motion sensing. That's about it. A couple of fairly critical features are missing, like an ability to turn of the blinking blue "i'm working" light, or ability to adjust the sensitivity of motion detection. I expect features will be added.

Also, the device doesn't host its own local web config page, so you must use either the app, or the hosted web service. It doesn't seem the cloud service is optional, although there is some potential for a direct rtsp connection to the device (probably requiring encryption to be turned off) so its possible 3rd party apps may be able to see the live feed if you so choose.

The picture is fairly wide angle with plenty of fish-eye distortion -- this isn't too big a deal, as the picture is so sharp, its not much of a distraction. If you want to take framable snapshots with it, you'll be disappointed, though.

These cons will matter to some folks. Others, I think will like the simplicity and quality of this camera...so probably think about about what matters to you before mentally removing egg's from this rating....

Other Thoughts: This brand is backed by a well know security camera company, Hikvision, and represents an early foray into consumer targeted devices. I hope that means more features and other devices being added to the ecosystem in the future.

If you have Hikvision devices, you can incorporate this camera into your system, or if you want to use the hickvision ios apps with this device, you can.

Ezviz has a particular type of user in mind, easy to set up, cloud based simple security and monitoring system. They want you to pick up a few of these cameras and have 2, 3, 4 packs available. Sprinkle them around your house, sign up for web storage and turn on motion sensing, and you're good to go. They are also quickly introducing additional products, analog and bullet cams, dvr's borrowed from the Hickvision line, as well as an action camera (curious how that integrates.)

For this device, its nice hardware, with adequate (but not for the enthusiast) software and cloud features. Expect the software and features to get better -- if the company is serious about the consumer market, features and more hardware choices will come.

Even if you only want one, its a nice camera, sharp, small, web accessible and competes well with any in its price range.

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