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EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
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Pros: This security camera is built very simple. Not quiet plug and play, but close enough to plug and play.
Excellent night vision and magnetic base means easy to mount.

Cons: The camera cannot be setup or viewed without opening cloud account with EZVIZ. This was the biggest downside for me. While this camera is capable of cloud recording, it can only be done through EZVIZ cloud which is paid service.
Camera recording appears to be encrypted and pretty secure. However, all bets are off if EZVIZ account is hacked. Hope EZVIZ keeps their server very secure.

This camera may be too simple. It lacks many options that are common on other security cameras. There are no recording options. It is set to record only when motion is detected and cannot be changed. Also cannot change motion sensitiveness of the option.
Only available option is WiFi setting, encryption code, and where to record (microSD or cloud).

While night vision is excellent, normal color recording is not so good. It is about same as 500 lines analog security camera. Not too bad, but not HD quality I was expecting.

Other Thoughts: There may be a compatibility issue with Linksys router. I was unable to setup WiFi connection through EZVIZ app. I had to contact technical support to set it up. What I was told to do is change WiFi setting to 802.11g only mode instead of mixed mode. I was told the camera doesn't support 802.11n. After changing WiFi mode, I was able to setup immediately. After the camera is setup, changing the mode back to mixed will work fine.

The camera also appears to be running Linux and 4 ports are open.

Following is a scan result.

Running: Linux 2.6.X|3.X
OS CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:2.6 cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:3
OS details: Linux 2.6.32 - 3.5

554/tcp open rtsp Hikvision 7513 POE IP camera rtspd
8000/tcp open http-alt?
8200/tcp open trivnet1?
9010/tcp open sdr?

There are no built in web interface and any settings are viewings must be done through EZVIZ account using their smart phone app or web site.
I tried connecting to rtsp stream, but it requires user name ans password and I was unable to figure out those information.

Overall, this camera is well designed and built. Just need a way to setup and view without using EZVIZ account.

TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Best range extender I found so far. 08/13/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Easy to setup, especially with WPS. Exterior design is also excellent. Sleek, modern design.
Supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, which not many extenders do.
Able to double as Wi-Fi receiver for devices without built in W-Fi. This will be a great feature for those using old game console or a desktop PC without Wi-Fi.

Able to use different SSID than existing signal. This will solve problem of some devices jumping between routers which causes unstable connection.

Connection speed and signal strength is as expected. It will have approximately 1/2 the speed since it has to relay Wi-Fi signal to the router. Signal strength was not as good as high end routers, but just as good as most routers on the market.

Cons: Middle antenna does not lock on extended position. It will easily be pushed down with slight pressure.

Price may be on a little high side. Current price on newegg is $59.99, which is not bad. However, it is being sold around $80 to $90 elsewhere.
Using a router supporting DD-WRT or OpenWRT to make it a range extender might be cheaper, but then it won't be as easy and won't look as cool. :)

Other Thoughts: I do not recommend use of range extenders/repeaters unless it is absolutely necessary. All range extenders are actually a repeater and will drop speed in 1/2.
If possible, running a ethernet wire to different sections of the house and using multiple router or access point is the best. But, range extender will work as cheaper and easier solution.

G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown with Gaming Keycaps
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3 out of 5 eggs Just another fancy keyboard 09/10/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown with Gaming Keycaps

Pros: Very fancy and clean looking black brushed aluminum finish.
Braided wire looks nice as well.

N-Key roll over feature and macro feature is nice for gamers.

Cons: Raised keys may look cool and easier to clean, but that makes key higher.
Key are not smooth. I can feel plastic to plastic friction and noise. May be keys were not lubricated well?
A good quality membrane actually feels better than this keyboard.
This keyboard comes with brown cherry key switches.. I own Filco Majestouch keyboard with brown cherry key switches. Only difference I can tell is KM780 has LED in them.
However, they feel totally different. My Filco keyboard is much smoother and lighter. No friction.

Fancy metal bar around keyboard may look cool, but unnecessary and makes keyboard very bulky.

Recorded macro cannot be deleted without keyboard driver/program.
However, for some reason I could not get it work on my desktop. Program was installed fine, but program did not open. Tried on my laptop, and worked good.
It is possible program supplied by G-Skill does not work well with keyboard/mouse program from different company. I had Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse Center installed. I uninstalled to test if G-Skill program will open once I uninstalled Microsoft program, but did not help.

Other Thoughts: For the price ($129.99 as Newegg lists), it has much more feature than other mechanical keyboards.

However, I don't see any advantage of mechanical keyboard with this keyboard. Especially when key feels worse than membrane keyboard.


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