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Netgear Arlo Q - 1080p HD Wi-Fi Security Camera with 2 Way Audio & 7 Days of FREE Cloud Recordings - VMC3040-100NAS
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Pros: The setup of the Arlo Q camera was easy and aesthetically it looks nice. For power, it takes a standard micro USB input so replacing the cable would be very easy if needed. The base of the camera is magnetic so it can easily be mounted on a metal surface. I have other security cameras and the Arlo Q video quality is on par with the rest. The motion and sound triggers are adjustable through the Arlo smart phone application and seem to work as promised.

Cons: The delay is significant. In my situation, it's about 10 seconds. This makes the 2-way audio capability pretty much useless. There is no way you could converse through the camera like, for example, if you were telling a delivery driver on camera what to do with a package. Granted, I don't have the fastest internet but it's an advertised feature that doesn't really work so I'm docking an egg. I suspect the lag is due to the feed being uploaded to the cloud first, then streaming from the cloud to your phone. It's unfortunate that the camera won't stream to a phone directly if you are on the same wireless network at home.

I'm not sure what the issue was, but upon initial set up I was getting horrible buffering stops when viewing the live feed. I had to dial down the video resolution to 240p to get an uninterruptible feed. For some reason, the next day it was working fine set at the max 1080p resolution and has since. Either the cloud servers were being slow that day or I had an unusual problem with my own internet that didn't seem to affect anything else on my network.

Another problem I encountered was the camera became unresponsive without explanation about one week after setup. The camera could be seen as connected by my router with a valid IP address but the app reported no devices present. When I checked the camera, it felt warm to the touch. I power cycled the camera and functionality was restored, but I couldn't help think about what a pain it would be to power cycle a security camera if it was installed up high out of reach like most cameras. Minus one more egg for this, although the problem has not happened a second time.

Other Thoughts: Without paying out of pocket, you get 1GB of cloud storage and video is held in the cloud up to 7 days. One minute of 1080p video on my setup is about 3.24 MB. So if you do the math, you can get about 5 hours’ worth of free 1080p video storage in the cloud. Since the cloud only stores your video for 7 days you must manually download video files if you want to keep them. There are pay plans that add functionality and extra cloud storage if that's what you need. If one truly wants to use this camera for security, it's probably a good idea to pony up for one of the premium plans offered. For example, constant video recording (CVR) functionality is not available using the free base plan.

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Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs A Fantastic Router for Media Streaming 04/30/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: When I review a router, I like to do two things:

#1 I try to set it up without reading any documentation as a test for ease of use and the user interface/navigation.

#2 I don’t tell my wife I’ve changed anything and hang back for any network related comments or complaints that come my way.

I’m very happy to say I was able to set up the router just fine without any instruction. The user interface is very intuitive and the layout is top notch. Even better, I heard absolutely NOTHING from my wife or anyone else in my household. In short, this router passes the spouse test which I’ve only had happen with one other router. I’ve had the router up and running for three weeks now and it’s been reliable and fast.

For perspective, my daily-driver router is a high end 802.11ac capable unit from Netgear. It’s about three years old. My home is a little over 5k ft² and consists of over 30 network connected devices both wired and wireless. I have a media server that streams both music and video. Music is an easy thing to stream, but on the video side we have a library of blu-rays and it takes a good solid connection to stream the HD videos without problems. I suspect the ability of this router to prioritize up to three connected devices for media is the reason for that. This router worked flawlessly on all counts. Additionally, my son is a gamer and he had no problems with online gaming on both his Xbox One and his PC.

Typically, a review sample router goes right back into its box when I’m done with it and I go back to my trusty old daily-driver router. This time, the review sample is not going anywhere. My old router has been relegated to backup-router-on-a-shelf status. Well done Linksys.

Cons: If I had anything to complain about, it’s that using a mobile device to log into the router requires the use of the Linksys app instead of a browser. Sure, the layout of a mobile app is more appropriate for a handheld device, but not all of the router options are available on the app and the app can be slow to respond.

Other Thoughts: Linksys really wants us to sign up for a Smart Wi-Fi account to use this router. Some have reported that this is required. It is not required. If you pay attention, you can bypass the prompts to create an account and set up the router manually if you like. I completely set up this router without it even connected to the internet before I swapped it into service and it doesn’t bug me about creating an account anymore.

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CORSAIR RMx RM1000X 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Nvidia Sli ready and crossfire support Power Supply
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Pros: To start, I have first-hand experience with many of Corsair's power supplies. Most recently, I've tested and reviewed Corsair's RM650 and RM850x, which are respectively the smaller cousin and little brother of the RM1000x. With that said, the RM1000x is a quality unit just like its relatives. Like all of the RM series, this power supply employs a semi-passive fan. I don't know why all power supplies don't follow this mantra. Expensive passive power supplies are quiet but you have to worry about overheating and active power supplies run their fan(s) continuously which adds additional power usage and noise to your system. Now a semi-passive power supply, like the RM series, leaves the fan off unless it's needed. Think of it as a passive power supply with a backup plan. According to Corsair's website, the fan on the RM1000x does not come on until it hits 400W load. I have a modest single GPU gaming PC, and nothing I could do would make the fan turn on. I had that same experience with the RM850x.

Now, the RMx power supplies are made by CWT (Channel Well Tech) and are basically the same as the more expensive RMi series, but without Corsair Link. For those of you that scoff at CWT as the OEM and prefer Seasonic, well all I have to say to that is pro PSU reviewer jonnyGURU gave the RM1000x a perfect 10, and that says a lot. If that doesn't give you piece of mind, the RM1000x comes from Corsair with a 7 year warranty. Most "other" brands I shall not name only give you 5 years.

Moving on, I ran this power supply through every stress test I have in my arsenal and it never had any problems. Of course, with 83.3 amps on a single +12V rail and all the connections you may need I would expect this power supply to have no problems with pretty much any hardware setup, including high-end SLI or CrossFire with room to grow through years of PC builds or upgrades.

Cons: Similar to the RM850x, the only complaint I can muster is the cables. They are high quality but they are a mix of sleeved and ribbon style which makes them look mismatched... if you care about aesthetics. As a consequence of their high quality, the cables are also rather stiff and can be difficult to tuck away.

Other Thoughts: One last point to note is the physical dimensions of this power supply. This is a long PSU: 180mm. Be sure to measure and confirm you have the room for it.

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