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ORICO 2 Outlets Power Strip with Surge Protector, Built-in 5 Ft. Cord, 4 USB Intelligence Charging Ports (2*5V2.4A + 2*5V1A) for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus and More (TPC-2A4U-WH)
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Pros: Long power cord
On/Off switch
Surge Protection
2.4A and 1A USB charging outlets

Cons: None really apart from I now see the 10 outlet one is the same price as the 2 outlet ones I just got.

Other Thoughts: The On/Off switch is a biggie with this item, one of my major issues with the discrete wall warts for tablets, phones etc is that they invariably get left in the wall whether or not there's a phone/tablet attached to them. The switch means that vampirism will be minimized, one improvement would have been two switches, on on the top for the USB ports and one at the side for the outlets.

Netgear Arlo Q - 1080p HD Wi-Fi Security Camera with 2 Way Audio & 7 Days of FREE Cloud Recordings - VMC3040-100NAS
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Pros: Good looks, easy setup, good build quality, HD video, two way audio, 5GHz and 2.4 GHz wifi, android app, iOS app, browser accessible, IfTTT functionality. The packaging is wonderful, very tight slipcover over a beautifully constructed box.

Cons: Pricey, time lag, exclusive dependence on cloud storage, no local storage, no 24/7 recording, noisy mechanics, wireless n not ac, ongoing cost of ownership, no windows store app, the back of the camera does get warm to the touch whether it is in use or not. Getting full specs for the camera was tricky, nowhere was I able to find which 5 GHz wifi it would connect to, only when I tried it did I find out it was wireless n.

Other Thoughts: Setup was pretty straightforward with my only hiccough being the inability to connect to my ac only wifi. Setting the router to broadcast mixed n and ac allowed immediate connection. Motion detection works well and the recorded video is of high quality and can be varied in terms of resolution. You can set up detection zones and also IfTTT rules, this gives a lot of options that less capable systems would be struggling to compete with. The file sizes are relatively conservative and worries of data used by the Arlo Q are probably spurious unless you have a lot of cameras recording a lot of motion. A 15 second 720 clip was around a megabyte and is recorded as an MP4 file. These videos are sent to the Arlo website for which you need to register an account to setup the camera in the first place. The cloud storage gives you 7 days of clips stored up to a 10GB limit, if the clip is older than 7 days then it gets deleted. If you want more storage or time then that will cost you ten bucks or fifteen bucks a month depending on the level of service you require. Given that this device has no way, at present, to record video locally this seems a little bit like fleecing the customer, however, as this device isn’t designed as a 24/7 recording camera that may be a bit harsh. Having said that, this is supposed to be a security camera and so the cloud should be one of several options in my opinion and not the only way to use this camera. This is an expensive device and local storage is an option on similar cameras at much lower prices.

As far as I could see it was necessary to click on each individual recording to download it and there didn’t seem to be anyway to just click a single button to download the whole day/week/month, this would be much more convenient. According to netgear’s website local storage is being investigated by their engineers and may be a future firmware upgrade, looking at their forums suggests this would be an exceedingly popular firmware release for their customers. Internet connectivity in the sort of area I live in, very rural and prone to power/weather outages, is not 100% of the time, sometimes it goes bye-byes for a while and while down this security camera wouldn't… be a security camera, just a wall ornament. I also happen to know that cloud services have down time, due to personal experience when I needed them most (it always happens then). Just like any other tech, what happens to your recordings when the Arlo site is down, well they won’t be recordings! Local storage is a must in my opinion. I think the longevity of support is something else to consider here, at what point will netgear decide to move onwards and upwards.

I have been toying with the idea of some kind of motion detection camera to observe the local wildlife, we've had everything from skunks, groundhogs, deer and moose to painted turtles and on one occasion a bobcat (so we were told but we never saw it) wandering across our backyard. This would be ideal in terms of it's capabilities but I don't know how this would stand up to the -25F weather we see in these parts in the winter time, as this is way out of its design specs.

Audio back and forth is a bit tricky. Recorded audio is fine but there is a significant lag and so two way conversation if not comfortable, it’s okay for a quick comment but not for an in depth discussion on logical positivism. My two dogs didn’t like the camera, it makes noises which to them demand investigation and in the case of the Labrador some deep quizzical looks directly into the lens. The voice coming out of the camera seemed to freak them out too, but given their level of tech awareness, i.e. none, that’s probably to be expected!

Aside from the cons above the Arlo Q is a very good little camera and it certainly lives up to its published audio and video specs, there are areas for improvement and fortunately I believe all of them can be done in the firmware. I’ll probably be setting this up in our kitchen as our Labrador has a habit of raiding the trash can as revenge when he is left in the house on his own, it will be interesting to see his reaction when a disembodied voice tells him off!

3 eggs overall for the design, ease of use, ease of install and the fairly neat web/app interface, 2 eggs off for lack of local storage, lack of 24/7 recording, the questionable exclusive dependence on cloud storage for a security camera and the noisy mechanics.

Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 Next Gen MU-MIMO Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Seamless Roaming (EA7500)
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Pros: Easy setup, even manual setup was fairly straightforward
Looks (not sure if that's a Pro but it does look nice)
Rocker power switch, always preferable to yanking the power connecter out repeatedly.
Excellent bandwidth, 80 MB/s through a wall and a floor at 20 feet.
Good penetration
Good range
USB 2 AND 3 Connections for External Storage
MU-MIMO not a major pro as yet as there is little hardware supporting it but that will change!

Cons: A bit pricey, but it is a high end piece of kit.
Large footprint
Why USB 2?

Other Thoughts: I have had a fair number of Linksys wireless routers over the years but I haven't really had one that has made such a good impression as this one for a very long time, not since the days of my first WRT54G about 12 years ago.

I've seen the UI on this router before and I didn't care for the layout then. Things are in unexpected places and the front page layout is less than ideal in my opinion. Having said that, perhaps it's familiarity, I didn't seem to have the same issues with this router as I did with a previous AC1200 one in terms of setup and finding my way around. Certainly this one is much more stable and the 5GHz band is not dying the way it did on the AC1200, which eventually necessitated me installing OpenWRT on it to get it to work effectively, the EA7500 required no such measures. Since turning it on and setting it up it has been rock solid and the only need for reboots have been due to tweaks I have been applying to the router.

The external storage is a nice addition, although I wonder as to why a USB 2 port instead of two USB 3s. Security is easily set up although on my EA7500 the guest network was on and open by default, I quickly put that to rights although in the hands of an inexperienced user that may have been left that way. I've had no connection issues and the Network Map facility is great, allowing easy DHCP reservations, I run a couple of services on different computers on my network and need these to be on a fixed internal IP, this feature made this very easy. Right click on the device, select Reserve DHCP Address and wait for the spinner to stop, easy peasy!

One sort of niggle is the need for Flash for the speedtest, with browsers kicking Flash overboard, is this really what we want in our router UI? As for speed, well nothing to complain about, on the 2.4GHZ band I was getting 18 MB/s while on the 5GHz circa 80 MB/s. A 12 GB file took about 2'30" to move from my server to my laptop desktop, (from SSD to SSD). Our Galaxy phones love it!

Overall a very nice piece of kit, as to cost, well it is expensive but, and it is a big but, I do not lie :), this thing delivers. If you are in the habit of shunting large files around your wireless network or have multiple smart TVs/devices streaming wirelessly then this is the beast you need to avoid the buffering blues.


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