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TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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5 out of 5 eggs I'm Impressed!!! 09/22/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: * It is truly plug and play, there is no set up required.
Pressing a button on each unit will secure the connection.
* The quick install guide is very well done and easy to understand.
* The units are well put together and nice 2 meter cat 5e cables included.
* Very fast. Connection speed reached 1002 Mbps according to the include software.
I tested transfer speeds with LAN_SpeedTest. Write speeds to my NAS, were in the 240 Mbps range, approximately 3x that of the 802.11AC Dual Band Gigabit adapter that I usually use. Read speeds also greatly improved. I tried the power line adapter on a system that is usually hardwired cat5 Ethernet. The Powerline adapter, consistently, averaged about a 30% improvement on both write and read speeds. Actual large file transfers confirmed the improvement in performance.
* Very handy utility software. The Application shows a graphic depiction of your Powerline network . It will show the connection speeds between the units both ways, upload and download, It allows tweaking the connection based on the type of use you prefer. The choices are internet, VoIP, online gaming or audio and video. It will let you name the units for easier ID. It also will update the firmware. It is simple, but, well thought out.
* MIMO technology allows this system to use all three wires in your electrical system The line, neutral and ground wires, increasing capacity and stability.
* The price is right!! A nice WIFI adapter will cost almost as much. It is certainly cheaper than the total cost of running Ethernet cable.

Cons: The only con is that each module takes up an outlet. Most houses never have enough outlets. A pass through model of this unit is available to solve this issue if it is a problem for you.

Other Thoughts: Why doesn't it reach near the 1200 Mbps speed? This is what Tp-Link says about that:
1.The theoretical maximum channel data transfer rate is derived from HomePlug AV2 specifications. Actual data transfer rate will vary from network environment including: distance, network traffic, noise on electrical wires, building material and construction, quality of electrical installation and other adverse conditions.
2.Actual data will vary because of the network conditions and environment factors.

I do have a concern. Having lost three computers at one time from a lighting strike to a power line, I am concerned with the lack of a way to connect this to a surge protector. Inline Ethernet surge protectors do exist, but you would need one on each unit which would add significantly to the cost. I will be disconnecting these from my computers at the first sign of lightning!

I was very pleasantly surprised with this system. It would be handy to have around simply for a quick connection to a smart TV or any other device that you may acquire. I certainly will be recommending this to everybody!!

Linksys WUSB6300 Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 3.0 Up to 867 or 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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Pros: *Very easy setup on Windows: On my laptop running windows 10, I plugged the adapter into a USB3 port and got the new hardware found notification. As soon as I got the ready message I clicked on the WIFI icon and chose WIFI2 from the drop down menu. All of the possible WIFI router connections were visible including the extenders. I clicked on the 5 ghz connection and was prompted for my routers wireless password. Connected without a hitch. I also tested this on a Win 7 desktop. Using the included CD. Following the simple instructions had me up and running in a couple of minutes. The Wi-Fi Protected Setup button also worked well.
*Speed: near the WIFI router, the 5ghz speed was 867 mbps and 2.4 ghz was 300 mbps as advertised. Real world speeds from other rooms or outside were slower of course, but impressive, I am getting 4-5x the connection speed of my stock laptop WIFI. Transfer rates were much faster with this adapter. Streaming video is great now that I don't have to wait on buffering.
*Documentation: The documentation on the Linksys product page is great, with links to solve any issue you may have.

Cons: *Documentation; While the Information on the product page is really good, the User Guide included on the CD is more trouble than it is worth, There are Multiple languages on the User guide, If English is there, I didn't find it. I didn't see an index of language locations.
* Not for Linux: Did not work with Linux Mint.
* A minor issue is that this adapter is quite large. If used on a laptop, It will have to be disconnected before putting the laptop in a case. It also will make it difficult, if not impossible to plug anything into an adjacent USB port.

Other Thoughts: * The adapter dropped the connection a couple of times when I first installed it. Installing the Linksys drivers for Windows 10 solved the problem. It has been rock steady after that.
* Due to the size of this adapter, a place to attach a lanyard or put it on a key ring may be beneficial since it must be removed from a laptop before putting the laptop in a case.
* This is a nice product. I highly recommend it to anyone running windows that could use a WIFI upgrade!

Zmodo Greet - Smart WiFi HD Video Doorbell
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3 out of 5 eggs Great potential! 07/23/2016

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

Pros: * Attractive and well made You won't be ashamed to have it on your door.
* Fairly easy to install.
* Sends an alert when motion is detected.
* Saves a short video after motion is detected for view at your convenience.
* Online documentation is quite good.
* Night video is very good, much better than expected.
* Your MeShare account can be managed online from your computer. You can watch the videos there also

Cons: * Video in the daytime is terrible. All I saw was silhouettes against the sky.
* Alerts and voice responses had significant lag.
My WiFi router is less than 10 feet from the doorbell with excellent connection.
* The MeShare app, when setting it up asks for access to everything. It certainly does not give you a
sense of security.
* Mounting it where my doorbell was did not give me a view of faces of anyone there. The camera
angle is somewhat adjustable, but not near enough.
* Everything goes through the MeShare server. So, how fast you get an alert will depend on your
overall internet speed and if you are getting a good data connection on your phone. If your phone or
PC is connected to the same network,It would be nice to be able to link directly to the Zmodo greet without
going through the MeShare server.
* You must go online for all documentation.
* The Zmodo Greet speaker is not very loud and I could not find any way to adjust the volume.

Other Thoughts: I was excited to review this product since my plan was to use it at our second home. It is still useful in that I can tell if someone has been there and I can view the video, I can only see who it was as they are leaving and get past the porch area into the sunlight, so no faces.
Mounting was a bit of a chore due to the location of my existing doorbell was near a wall. I was barely able to fit the Zmodo Greet in the space available, My doorbell did not function with this unit. I replaced the old 50+ year old doorbell and transformer with a new one, The new door bell works fine with the Zmodo Greet.
Standing in the house looking at my wife, through the door, on the porch next to the doorbell, It took as long as 30 seconds for me to hear her, and about the same for her to hear my response.
The motion detector works well, so well that I got alerts from moths flying around that were attracted to the light inside the house. Thankfully, not very often.
If your wifi drops the connection, the doorbell still works fine and the Zmodo Greet will reconnect itself.
Keep in mind that alerts and videos use your phones data plan.
I can recommend this product with reservation. It has great potential, but, how well it works for you will depend on how well you do your homework before purchasing. You will need fast internet service to get the most out of it.


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