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Pros: Decent picture for the cost. Has day/night, controllable LEDs, audio. Nice versatile mounting bracket -- works as a stand, wall or ceiling mount, and allows pointing in any direction in any setup.
Cons: Connection is not very reliable. Has trouble especially with multiple connections at once, even when connected via wired ethernet. I have two, and they both do this -- for many minutes, one just won't be accessible. Try again a while later, and it works fine.
Night mode switching is a bit aggressive, and can't be adjusted. Inside, if there's not light directly shining on the area being watched, it tends to go to night mode.
Other Thoughts: Many ways to access, but basically no documentation. I had to packet sniff to figure some URLs out:
JPG Image: /cgi/jpg/jpg.cgi
MJPG Image: /cgi/mjpg/mjpg.cgi
MJPG image: /cgi/mjpg/mjpeg.cgi (this is used by the included software, but doesn't work properly in browser. I haven't investigated much)
Audio: /cgi/audio/audio.cgi (16-bit PCM, mono, 8000hz. streamed in 3868 byte chunks as mime type multipart/mixed)
By running a proxy in front to remap URLs, I'm able to use this (including audio) with off-the-shelf software (I randomly picked a Trendnet TV-IP121W and used with TinyCam Pro).
Pros: Works exactly as you'd expect a CPU to work.
Love that the AM3 socket is still compatible with the motherboard I purchased a couple years earlier, for my last PC build (in fact, this is the primary reason I chose AMD initially; the lower price vs competitors is a very nice bonus).
Cons: Stock cooling is very loud. I don't overclock or anything, but when I play a game or do something highly CPU intensive the volume is comparable to what you'd expect from a 1U rackmount server. I could not live with this in the same room as me.
The CPU temperature was getting up above 60 degrees C.
I replaced with a liquid cooler within a couple days of owning this, so that was also an extra $60 or something that getting this really cost me.
Other Thoughts: Within two days, I purchased and installed a Antec KÜHLER H2O 620. Made a HUGE difference. Sound of my PC is barely noticeable, and the temperature barely goes above 50 degress C at most -- usually hovers around 38.
Factor the cost of aftermarket cooling into your purchase.
This review is from: Western Digital WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit WDBABY0000NBK-NESN
Pros: Great that it has a switch built-in. Form factor is nice, easy to blend in or hide under/in/behind furniture (as opposed to being a giant wall wart like many of the other powerline AV stuff).
More reliable connection than wireless (at least where you have lots of competing Wifi networks).
A great option for media streaming devices and VoIP phones that don't have wifi (and would otherwise require expensive wifi adapters).
Doesn't interfere with my Insteon lighting network at all.
Cons: Connecting to an existing network is frustrating. I may have done something wrong, but I had to reassociate everything (including two pre-existing powerline AV adapters) to get it working -- feels a bit sketchy when you are sitting there holding buttons on different devices, waiting for the lights to blink the right way. I had to get everything into one room to do it so I wasn't running all over the place, then moved them back to their original locations once they were all synced.
Speed isn't great. Even on the same circuit I was only really reliably/consistently getting ~50 Mbps, though it would burst up higher occasionally. I tried unplugging all my UPSes (all computer gear in the house is on a UPS), but it didn't really seem to make a noticeable difference. I do have some Insteon switches in the house but I don't think they broadcast except when you use them so I doubt they're the issue.
Other Thoughts: My wife's PC was also hooked up for a while, and it was fine for causal browsing, but she absolutely hated it for trying to copy/manage photos stored on the NAS in the basement. I have since run cat6 to that room and now the PC is on gigabit. That said, until I got around to doing the renovation that allowed me to get ethernet in the room, this was a great temporary fix.
I do still have my Smart TV and a voip phone connected, and will continue to for the forseable future (I would still switch to wired ethernet if I ever renovated the kitchen and had drywall on the walls and ceiling down to be able to run the cables).
Display Name: Greg M.
Date Joined: 10/25/09
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