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3 out of 5 eggs Good Clear Picture, Easy Setup, But Falls Short with the Competition 09/07/2016

This review is from: Belkin NetCam HD+ Wi-Fi enabled Camera works with WeMo, includes Night Vision, All Glass Wide Angle Lens, and Infrared Cut-off Filter

Pros: I have a mixture of different brands of webcams around my house. Some are good, some are bad. This one falls somewhere in between. Setup was very easy and the camera has not lost network connection in the time I've played around with it. The app brings up live video fairly quickly from my home network and from also remote without having to play around with port or firewall settings on my router.

The night vision is good as is the overall picture quality in general. Although 720p is the bottom rung of "HD" video, it is fine for basic usage. The wide angle view gives a broad view of the room the camera is installed in. The power cable is nice and long allowing the camera to be installed in higher vantage points away from a wall outlet.

Cons: As I said before, I have several different brands of network cameras and this is the only one that requires a paid subscription for basic automatic capture of stills and video. Out of the box, the only way to capture stills and video is to manually do it while viewing the live feed. If you want the camera to automatically capture on motion or audio triggers, you must sign up for iSecurity cloud based storage at $10 per month. I have other cameras that include basic automatic capture functions without having to pay a monthly fee. The Netgear Arlo Q is a prime example. -1 egg.

One of the functions of this camera I was most interested in is the intercom function. You can hear audio while viewing the live video feed and you can transmit audio, thereby allowing two-way communication through the camera. Unfortunately, the transmit function is unusable. The app for the camera has a microphone button that must be pressed and held to transmit audio, similar to a walkie-talkie. When pressing the mic button, more often than not it will only transmit for maybe half a second then stop. I've observed this with multiple mobile devices running the app and it is quite frustrating when trying to communicate over the camera. It seems to be a software problem. -1 egg

LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Yes, Yes, YES... Harmony in My Home 07/28/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender

Pros: I was in the Apple ecosystem until I moved to Android about 2 years ago. I have a home with a built in audio system (speakers in each room) and we used an Apple Airport Express to stream music from our devices. When I went to the dark side (light side?) my wife stayed with Apple. Android does not work with Apple's proprietary Airport Express unless you root the device and install some unofficial Android apps. I did this on my cheap Android tablet, but didn't dare do it on my $$$$ smart phone. So, for streaming music I had to use my wife's Apple devices or my rooted tablet.

And then came the Linksys RE6500HG. I've had five other range extenders, but all were quite lacking. For starters, some didn't support 5GHz, and none of them supported 802.11ac. The RE6500HG does both. The Airport Express we had could also be used to connect a single wired-only device wirelessly to a network. The RE6500HG can connect four wired devices. The Airport Express can be used by Apple devices. The RE6500HG can be used by Apple, Android, PCs, and probably anything else that can play from a DLNA source. The device shows up on the Apple devices in the same place the Airport Express was found, making the transition for my tech-challenged wife seamless. Everybody in the household can stream audio regardless of device now. On both PC and Android devices, I use JRiver's JRemote app to stream music from my media server.

Oh yeah, and it extends your wireless network too.

Cons: I do have a few nits to pick on the device. For one, there is no way to update the time and date on the device. I figured it might eventually pull the time from the internet, but after a week it still says it's January 1970. This isn't a problem unless you have logging turned on and want to match time/date stamps to certain events.

Next, it is slow to boot. On power up, it takes nearly 2 minutes to get to a useful state.

And finally, it is advertised as an extender and it does extend a wireless network. However, I have a very nice router that puts out a very good signal and found I was only seeing this extender with a better signal in the same room it is installed in. Perhaps if paired with a router with a weaker starting signal it would provides a better benefit. I'm primarily using it for it's streaming capabilities, it doesn't matter to me.

Other Thoughts: After initial setup, I searched for firmware updates. There were two available at the time of this writing and the upgrade must be done sequentially. In other words, you must apply firmware update #1 before update #2 and can't just skip to the latest firmware.

Set up was very easy. The IP address was initially (which is the same as my router) but after initial set up it pulled a new DHCP IP address from my router to fit in with all of the other devices on the same subnet. Everything works great. For households with mixed Android and Apple gear, it's perfect.

Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Fast, Inexpensive Drive... Longevity TBD 07/14/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP240GBSS3S55S25FR

Pros: This is my first experience with a Silicon Power SSD. I typically go for the more well-known brands that top the storage reviews. That said, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the speed of this budget friendly SSD.

I’ve run all of the usual synthetic benchmarks such as CrystalDiskMark, ATTO, and HDTach and I’m seeing the advertised numbers- approximately 550 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write, which is pretty much saturated SATA 3 speeds. When I think about my first SSD that cost four times more and had one third the capacity I can’t help but tip my hat to Silicon Power for making a nice entry level product at the right price.

When I first power on the drive, I check the SMART data. According to the SMART report, the drive had been powered on eight times before I got my hands on it so it seems there is at least some kind of powered QC before it hits retail channels.

Cons: It’s too soon to give a rating about longevity. I’ve been bitten by data loss on cheap SSDs before. So far all is well with the S55, but I will keep an eye on it. In a nutshell, the lackluster 1 year warranty is not reassuring. That's the only nit I could find to pick.

Other Thoughts: The drive comes barebones. No cables, no 3.5" adapter, no cloning software. Of course, all of that would add to the cost and I daresay most people don't need these extras. There's plenty of free cloning software out there.

I can find no faults with this drive in the short time I’ve had to run it through the paces. It would be a prime candidate for an introduction into SSD technology for those on a budget. Just be sure to keep a backup of all critical data… although everybody should be doing that anyway regardless of the storage. Right?


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