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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: Price to Quality is pretty reasonable
Picture quality is on point for 720P (good at identifying people inside)
SD memory expansion recording is a plus when your network or NAS is having issues it's still recording
Wireless (WI-FI)
I actually like the USB power for a number of reasons. IF you are using a PC as a DVR or recording device then you don't need another power source, but it does come with it's own adapter.
No CD or mini CD needed to install anything (huge plus in my book)
Cross platform compatible (works just fine on Samsung Note 4, S7, and Iphone 6)
Like being able to turn off the LEDs but personally I like cameras to have them on and bright. The light actually helps to deter criminal activity. People (friends, mail man, neighbors, even people I'm selling stuff to) notice the cameras and usually will comment on them because they are visible. Always good to have hidden ones also ;) But it does help to keep people honest.

Magnetic base is awesome. Very easy to install and move with no hassle.
Audio recording is always a plus on a security system
Night vision mode looks impressive on such a cheap camera which i wasn't expecting. Light can get pretty dim before the IR kicks in.

App allows for multiple cameras to work simultaneously, easy to use,

Cons: Setup was not as difficult as other are saying. Only issue I noticed it that it didn't like my 5Ghz connection. Switch to 2.4Ghz and it worked just fine. Wanted to see the QR scanning feature which comes up if the Wi-Fi is not working. Basically a QR code is created that you point to the camera and it configures it for you.

Other Thoughts: Not entirely sure how secure the App is though like others have stated. On Android it does require a lot of credentials but I'm thinking it's all for security. I wouldn't put this in a place where you undress just to be safe.

I'll see about hooking this into my whole house security system, but for now I'm using it as an IP cam which I like.

Wish I could talk back through the camera from my phone though

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TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Another home run with this one 09/16/2016

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

Pros: Most importantly it actually works well and stays connected.
Extremely easy to use. Like other TP-Link extenders just link the routers using the WPS buttons and you're off.

Ethernet port came in handy more than I thought. I was able to plug my printer on the opposite side of the house with better throughput. Very noticeable when printing larger documents or images.

Like the ability to turn off the LEDs and Power with a single push button. (could be a con if you have kids that like to touch things)

External antennas seem to help quite a bit when positioned up so they are not just for show.

Stays very cool and uses very little power.

Able to stream 1080P movies from network to Fire TV using Plex with no issues and no hiccups. (I don't usually like to post Mbs/sec since they are not a true test of what you're trying to use a device for and can vary depending on the day and interference that occurs throughout)

Xbox One still playable but PC games I can notice a delay in play. (using: Black Ops3, Titan Fall, and BF4)

Up for a week with never touching it.

Like using the extender over a linked router due to the ease of use, lower power consumption, and reliability (think it's due to the complexity of some of the rounters, but many of the routers I've used as a wifi extender are flaky and need resetting on a regular basis)

Cons: Cannot think of a con, but I with it was in black to match my decor a little better.
I wouldn't play games on this though, but that goes for all extenders. The latency from router to router to modem is noticeable when playing a 1st person shooter, but only barely.

Other Thoughts: Lately I've been really happy with everything I've used and tested from TP-Link. They really stepped up their game with their products in quality, reliability and overall aesthetically pleasing designs.

By far the best extender I've ever used, and I've tried and tested many. Even using another router as an extender.

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Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH1000101 Gold
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Pros: USB3 works well even on computers using only USB1.0 (used to copy data off an old system before recycling)
Seek times pretty quick as expected nothing abnormal about the transfer speeds. Nothing super spectacular but very speedy considering no external power source is needed.

Works as an External DVR drive on Dish Hopper (This is how I'm using it currently)

Small power light indicator to know it's working
Nice short cable included
Stays very cool
Super quiet If you put your ear up to it you might hear it
The dimples in the case actually give it some rigidity (not jut for looks : solid)

200GB extra cloud storage for 2 years is a real good deal. In 2 years who know's what will be out there with technology moving so fast.

Cons: Not a fan of the color but it's not bad.

Other Thoughts: originally used it as a Steam Library backup but decided a different rout but it worked just great.

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Date Joined: 02/20/04

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  • First Review: 12/19/09
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