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LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter
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5 out of 5 eggs Fast little adapter! 06/13/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter

Pros: Fast little device! Nice to be able to upgrade older computers that are limited to 802.11b or 802.11g. Not every computer has "n" or "ac" in my house. So it was nice to slam this baby into a laptop and see faster speeds. The size is really small (don't lose it) and power draw seems to be quite minimal. I didn't notice a dip in battery time. Having said that, I made sure to disable my old on-board solution. Good range compared to my on-board wireless. Plug and Play, driver wasn't huge and loaded up fast. There is nothing worse than a bloated driver, I'm looking at you Broadcom and Intel!

Cons: None that I can think of. Maybe price, since there might be people out there that just need a replacement usb wireless adapter. I have seen others on the web for easily half the price, but I doubt you'll see the performance of this Linksys adapter. The old adage usually holds true for most stuff, that is, you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: I feel like with the MIMO tech, my range was a little better. This also might be attributed to the fact that it sticks out from the side of my laptop. Also after almost a month of use, I didn't have any issues or problems with the device. Linksys makes a solid product and I have purchased plenty of their products over time. No issues what so ever getting the driver installed. I was however connected with my old wireless card. If you are doing a fresh install or do not have something connected to the web, I would recommend that you download the latest driver from Linksys and toss it on the computer you'll be installing this product on (or you can use the cd that comes with included, it could be dated however). I'm more than happy with this device and it will be staying with my old Dell Latitude!

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TP-LINK TL-NC220 Wireless Day / Night Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion & Sound Detection 300 Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion
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Pros: Price. A decent quality SUPER easy to use cloud camera with AUDIO for under fifty bones!? I'll TAKE IT! I had this thing up and running in 2 minutes. I'm not even kidding! I registered an account and then loaded the app on my tablet and BANG! I was up and running! This camera has worked FLAWLESSLY for weeks now. No issues what so ever. I have it pointed out my bed room window so that I can see the back of my property and it works great! I also really like that it has audio! I can log into it, anywhere with a connection via LTE or interwebs and see my kids playing outside with the dog and grandma! Really nice for the price, honestly, I don't think you could find a cheaper, better camera. I really want to get more of them, but there are a few cons (see below). The picture quality is outstanding for what it is and it is REALLY easy to take a snap shot of video or a static image. I also have it set to dump data to my FTP server (a Synology) and it works FLAWLESSLY! So, more advanced users like myself have fun with it and even first timers can get going with this camera. It is SUPER SIMPLE. I can't stress this enough, get the app, get the camera hooked up and the app will find it and you're done. It's super easy, you don't have to be a network guru to do any port forwarding or anything, it just WORKS and that is what I REALLY like about it! I don't have time to play Mr. Trouble shooter, I do that enough already at my normal job.

Cons: Honestly, there are not many. But.... Wireless range isn't that great. You'll want to be pretty close to your access point or wireless router to get a good link. This is VERY important. I think the people that have issues with this camera are ones that don't have a good link with it. I've noticed that if I put the camera by any large metal objects it had ill effects. So keep that in mind, close to the AP or WiFi router and away from weird large metal stuff. While the design of the camera isn't bad, per se, I don't care for it too much. I guess I like the look of bullet style cams better. This one isn't bad, but the options to install it on a wall are limited. TP-Link provides a self adhesive pad, but I went ahead and drilled a hole in the mount and used a screw to keep things secure. No issues at all. For the money, this camera simply can't be beat. It's very good and stable.

Other Thoughts: IF you want to get your feet wet with a wireless drop cam, this is it! The price is great, it has Ethernet and wireless, it is SUPER easy to use and most of all, reliable. I have not had one single issue with up time! I also like how TP-Link provides a long extension cable! GREAT idea and all MFGs should do something like that! This camera isn't perfect, but for the price, you would be silly to pass it up. I'm sure that I will get another one down the road. Now... If you are looking for a more professional system or device (think Dahua or HikVision), this isn't it, but what did you expect for the price!? I really like this camera and if you can deal with the very few shortcomings, I think you will enjoy this camera too!

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NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty
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Pros: This is a cool device, VERY handy to have if you are a network administrator like myself or have PoE devices running on your network. I have tested this switch for almost a month now with no issues. I have used it with a few different PoE injectors and it works fine. Currently I have it powered off a Dell 48 port PoE gig switch (at work) and then the GS105PE is powering (2) Dahua IP cameras in a weird location that didn't have power or more than one run of Ethernet, it works PERFECTLY! Like pretty much all Netgear switches this one is built with a metal case and is very sturdy. I also like that it does not get too hot and stays completely silent since there is no active cooling inside (fan). Device has a life-time warranty, not too many companies stand behind a product like that these days. Come to think of it, I can't really remember a time when a Netgear device failed on me. I still have some vintage hubs that I keep around as they still work.

Cons: Wall mounting is slightly goofy, takes a few tries to get it lined up properly and would have been nice if Netgear supplied a template. I made my own by photocopying the bottom of the switch. I'm also not a fan of the proprietary tool that you need for first time admin / setup of the switch. If I didn't have internet access or a CD-Rom drive I would not have been able to get this thing setup properly. It would also be nice to see power draw on the GUI and be able to provide more or less power to a device, but for the price of this switch I can't really complain.

Other Thoughts: Always check to make sure that you have the most current firmware, out of the box mine was dated and needed to be upgraded. An easy task through the web GUI. If you do not have power at a location (or more than one Ethernet run) where you need to run a PoE device like a camera, this thing is a life saver. I honestly can say, that if you do any IP security camera work, pick up a few of these switches. They will come in super handy! Just REMEMBER that this switch NEEDS PoE going to it, in order for it to work. There is NO power brick. You need to have a cheap PoE injector, a la, TrendNet or a current PoE switch installed on your network that will PROVIDE this Netgear GS105PE with power! Good to Go!

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