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Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Compact and light weight external USB 3.0 hard disk drive. Good speed considering it's size.
It weights 6.3 oz including USB cable.

Benchmark with CrystalDiskMark showed following result.

USB 3.0:
Seq: 111.8 MB/s Read, 108.5 MB/s Write
512K: 38.87 MB/s Read, 46.63 MB/s Write
4K: 0.466 MB/s Read, 0.941 MB/s Write
4K QD32: 0.555 MB/s Read, 0.935 MB/s Write

USB 2.0:
Seq: 34.98 MB/s Read, 30.63 MB/s Write
512K: 21.83 MB/s Read, 30.07 MB/s Write
4K: 0.442 MB/s Read, 0.939 MB/s Write
4K QD32: 0.536 MB/s Read, 0.936 MB/s Write

Cons: Cost per MB may not be as good as larger models. But at price of $69.99 at the time of reviewing, not a bad price.

If it had come with a bag or a case to carry USB cable and HDD, it would been nicer.

Other Thoughts: I have had bad experiences with Seagate HDD failing. I do not own any Seagate HDD that has not failed. Some failed while it is under warranty and received replacement. Replacement failed as well after warranty has ended.
So, I question reliability of Seagate HDD. However, it is too early to test as it usually takes over a year of use before failing.

Hope I have better luck with this HDD.

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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Very good hardware, weak firmware 04/19/2015

This review is from: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: This router has clean design, 4 removable antennas, and eSATA and USB 3.0 ports.
Hardware-wise, this router is very good. Routing capabilities are probably more than most people will ever need.
Having USB 3.0 and eSATA means this router can really be used as NAS. Much faster than USB 2.0. I attached USB 3.0 external HDD and I was able to get 73MB/s write and 83MB/s read speed over gigabit LAN.

Wi-fi range is also very good. I was able to get usable signal upto 150 ft from my house. About 50 ft more than TP-Link TL-WDR4300. This really depends where router is installed and how many wi-fi signals are around. Since I live in a condo with wi-fi router in pretty much every household, poor range was expected.

Unlike many of old Linksys routers, this router has wall mount holes. For those who wants to mount router on wall or ceiling like me, this is big plus.

Cons: Web interface looks clean and nice, but lacks features. It does have all the features you would expect from regular router. But no more.

VPN server feature would been nice add-on with such a powerful and expensive router.

There are some non-critical problem with web interface.

Web interface also lacks a way to view current setting and status at ease. Unable to view WAN IP address unless goto trouble shooting and pull report.
No way to view uptime.

It is not possible to change DNS setting for internet connection (WAN interface) while still using DHCP for acquiring IP address.
There is work around. Set DNS you want in DHCP server for local network. Strange thing is normally this should assign set DNS servers to client computers. Instead, DHCP server always sets router as DNS server, than use DNS server settings on router to query.

Another strnage behavior I found is that it is not possible to set DHCP reservation outside configured IP address range for DHCP server. In all previous routers I have used it was possible to set DHCP reservation to IP address that is not within DHCP server IP address range. (I reserve ip addresses below 50 for static IP address devices except for my desktop which I assign using DHCP reservation and still haver IP address below 50 )
There is work around for this though. Change DHCP server IP address range to include IP address you want to reserve. Then set DHCP reservation. Now, change DHCP server IP address range to what you want. Now DHCP reservation will work even if that IP address is not included in DHCP IP range.

It would be nice if it is possible to set my own time server. Instead timer server is hard coded in this router and only time zone can be changed.

All of the features I see in this router's firmware is same or less than what I saw in much cheaper routers under $100.
I would expect more from router over $200.

Although this router is advertised as open source ready, support for open source is bare minimum. Open source firmware is rather buggy at this time and limited functionality. It is usable, but there may not be much of advantage to go for it if all you want it to do is just basic routing. I read this was due to lack of support from Linksys/Belkin to openWRT developers.


Router runs fairly hot. Surface temperature of the router was at 120F (with room temperature at 80F). There is built in fan inside router, but it never kicked on. I wonder at what temperature this fan is supposed to kick on.

Other Thoughts: There were some reviews saying firmware is unstable. I updated firmware to current version (1.1.8.164461) the day I set it up. Did not see any stability issue for a week. Will have to run for months before really commenting on that.

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D-Link DCS-5029L HD 720P Pan/Tilt  Night Vision Motion Detection 2 Way Audio Wireless  mydlink enabled Surveillance Cloud  IP Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: HD quality video as advertised. Good night vision.

It is easy to perform initial configuration of camera with setup wizard. However, further configuration will require use of web interface.

Setup wizard has to be downloaded form D-link website. There is no CD included.

Cons: Software still needs lots of work.

Only comes with quick-setup manual, which asks to use mydlink cloud service.

It is possible to use this camera without joining mydlink cloud service, however it makes browsing recorded video much harder.

mydlink cloud service provides a way to access multiple cameras without memorizing their IP addresses. It uses Active X for internet explorer and Java applet for other browsers. However, I could not get Active X to run on Internet Explorer 11. D-link says open website in compatibility view, but it still did not work out for me. It fails to connect to camera (possibility security setting problem).

Java applet on Firefox and Chrome works good. However, playback requires WMP Extension plug-in. This may cause problem with non-windows computers or other browsers that don't have WMP support.

Playback of recorded video without using mydlink cloud service is very impractical. Web interface only allows you to browse recorded video files and you have to download and play each video file. File name does show time, but the fact it requires downloading will slowdown browsing significantly.
Mydlink cloud will allow browsing recorded video easier by selecting date and time frame. It also shows thumbnail of each file. However, it still have to download each file in order to play. (It will play in WMP plug-in on the browser. Files are downloaded to temporary folder).

Microphone is very sensitive and it actually records noise from motors when panning or tilting. This is good for recording any noise. But makes microphone useless when running as auto panning. Auto panning will also cause camera to record all the time as it will set motion event.

This camera does not come with full printed user manual. User manual has to be downloaded form D-link website. Web-interface is rather complicated and hard to configure without user manual.
Mydlink cloud does not provide any easier way to configure the camera as it will just open web interface for advanced settings.

Other Thoughts: This camera has pretty good hardware, but lacks software support.
Wish D-link have created a software that will be able to use full capability of the camera without using Active X or Java applet.

I will give 5 stars if this camera had better software.

It is possible use DVR or DVR software to record video stream from the camera instead of recording to micro SD card. However, this will increase cost significantly and impractical for running 1 or 2 cameras.

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