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TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV 200Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great for remote locations or where there are lots of solid obstacles 12/31/2013

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV 200Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: This TP-Link adapter is quite useful for using on the edge or outside the range of a wireless AP. This adapter gives acceptable networking speeds while previous generations were way behind the times as far as connection speeds. The box states 200mbit speeds but that is only in full duplex mode since it only has a 10/100mbit RJ-45. The ability for this adapter to transmit over up to 300 meters, roughly 985 feet, of 110 wiring means that you can have a fairly large house and still have no problems using this from one corner of the house to the other. Of course you can also plug a switch into the remote end of the adapter to connect multiple devices. This would work well for an entertainment center, as you will most likely have game consoles and/or an HTPC for content. See other thoughts regarding power circuits.

Cons: Only real downside I can think of is that it must be plugged into an unprotected outlet (not into a surge protector). This is cumbersome without running a longer LAN cord so it can reach the outlet since more often than not, the location of all the networking equipment or AV equipment on the other side is not near an outlet and should always be using a surge protector. Once it is setup though, it is in my opinion a flawless system.

Other Thoughts: This adapter is being used on an old 2006 Dell Latitude D620 that is kept out the in garage. While the 54G adapter in the computer still gets a signal it just does not have nearly as high of throughput as the wired near 100mbit that the power line gives especially with all the metal cabinets and other heavy equipment that kills the wireless signal.

Each adapter was on a different circuit but was still able to stream HD (720p) content from youtube no problem. I know this is not a high demand application but did not test 1080P as the laptop only has a 1280x800 screen and an old integrated into GPU. Like stated earlier, connection performs just fine for internet connection to a remote computer but I would not expect any home theater type applications across circuits.

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Linksys EA6700 Smart AC1750 Dual Band N450 + AC1300 Wireless Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. Easy installation. I always choose advanced setup by connecting directly to the routers ip to skip the assisted setup and found it incredibly easy to setup. I manage this router via OSX, Windows 7, and iOS.

2. QoS works well to make sure that everyone can access the internet when needed.

3. Beam-forming seems to work as the computers in the garage had a much stronger and faster connection after the router switch. (~55ft away through 4 interior walls, a closet, the garage firewall and lots of stuff on that wall connecting to an old Dell Latitude 620 with an integrated 54G card.) I was impressed.

4. Linksys Smart Wi-Fi login: This allows you to connect to your router without remembering your external ip. This is great for making changes while away from home especially if you have a dynamic ip address such as with DSL.

5. Speed test app built into the router. This helps with diagnosing provider problems without having to pull the router out of the loop.

6. The use of apps can leave the possibilities for this generation of routers nearly limitless.

Cons: 1. Guest network: For some reason there was a decision to only have a 2.4GHz guest net while just about every router our there including my pre-AC Netgear dual band have a dual band guest net. In reality this is not that big of a deal for most people or a big deal at all.

2. USB ports only allow disk access and cannot be used as a print server.

3. Price: I know it a top of the line offering but $200 plus is a bit high if you ask me considering to get the most out of this router all your adapters should be AC which is another cost to consider. Of course if you are like me you will only get an adapter for the devices that really need it and the rest can wait until those devices are replaced.

Other Thoughts: This router is very slick looking and has obviously been sculpted by Cisco to give it the professional appearance.

This is the first Linksys router I have owned in almost 10 years due to a bitter taste they left in my mouth back in the 11b days. Cisco has helped them grow up and if this router is any sign or improvement they are making quality devices once again.

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D-Link DCS-5020L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640X480 Resolution, Pan/Tilt, Night Vision, Wi-Fi Extender, Sound and Motion Detection, mydlink enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Can be remotely connected to via the internet.
Can be remotely controlled and change the orientation of the camera.
Good image quality day or night.
The ability to adjust motion detection based on dividing the image into a grid and can select which squares to monitor for motion.
Able to adjust audio sensitivity for sound detection.
Can be set to have audio and video detection enabled on a schedule.
Wifi extention capabilty if desired.

Cons: Streaming only option minus two very limited recording options.
Can only record by sending an email with a video clip or images and by sending video clip to ftp. (Note: to get email to work I had to change the default send port from 25 to 465 even with Gmail even though Google does not specify it anywhere. This was also true for 1&1 email.)
Firefox had no issue with viewing the camera's webpage on OSX 10.8 and Win 7 but video streaming required allowing a Java applet. Even if you select to not ask for this web page if you refresh or come back later I still had to re-approve every time.
As another reviewer noted occasionally I got torn images sent to FTP and Email. This was occasional but should not happen.
Cannot record un-cut video to a local disk or network disk like a dedicated security system that is setup with a DVR or NAS.

Other Thoughts: This camera is good if you need it for monitoring something for movement or if you want to check up on a pet while away.

I would not use this as a replacement for a security camera that will record on demand and keep recording until movement is over since this camera can only record in small clips.

Could be used if you suspect someone coming into your room or apartment while you are away since you can set it up to be actively monitoring with motion/audio detection on a schedule. This is useful so it can be setup to watch a door that is normally used and will not record while you are there but will monitor during the time you specify whether that be at night while you are sleeping or while you are out.

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Date Joined: 11/23/07

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  • Last Review: 12/31/13
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