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3 out of 5 eggs OK performance once you get past the terrible web interface 02/16/2016

This review is from: Foscam C1 Indoor HD 720P Wide 115 degree Viewing Angle Night Vision Wireless IP Security Camera

Pros: It works. It has night vision IR and has a dedicated Passive IR detector on it to sense motion.

Cons: Has an unhealthy fascination with trying to make you connect it to "the cloud". The set up application is pretty much useless, which forces you to try using the web interface.. which only works with Internet Explorer (it flat-out does not work with MS Edge, Chrome, or Firefox).

The mounting stand could be a little better too.

Other Thoughts: I bought mine from a local retailer since it ended up being the same price as Newegg and I got it immediately. The camera is merely "alright". It does work and if you use it like I do, in IP Cam Viewer on Android, it does work well. The initial configuration is idiotic enough to turn a priest into an alcoholic though.

For starters, the IPCamera applications that you can get from Foscam's web site is next to useless. Yes it'll find the camera on your network, but it won't let you actually change anything. At that point you pretty much either need to swallow the cloud integration they continually push on you or you need to find the IP address the camera is at and log into it with your web browser.

The problem is before the camera will let you do anything with the web interface (which, by the way, you need to specify the IP address and port 88 in the URL), it forces you to install a "necessary plug in". I'm sorry but a no plug in should be "necessary" for me to do the configuration on any IP camera. The plug in is only to see the video but you don't have a choice in the matter.

Thing is, those plug ins only work on IE. If you're using Windows 10, you specifically need to tell the Edge browser to open the page in Internet Explorer OR ELSE IT WILL NOT WORK. Don't even bother trying Chrome or Firefox because the outcome is the same; it'll continually kick you back to the logon page because it can't detect the plug in running.

Once you finally get into the web interface it's fairly straight forward to set up the camera. It's not that bad of a camera once you get to this point either. Granted the low light capabilities (when you're not using the IR emitter) aren't anything to write home about, but for a basic non PTZ camera it's good enough.

The mount is a little bit tricky to get the hang of at first. If you look at the base of the mount you'll see a very small tab. Press your palm against the rubber on the base and turn it until that tab aligns with a notch on the upper part of the base and the mounting plate for the camera will now be accessible. Overall the base/stand is capable, but it'd have been nice if it was completely detachable and had a standard threaded mount on the camera itself so you could use your own mounting arm if you wanted.

Overall it's not a terrible camera if you know what you're getting. If you're looking for something basic that fits the bill and works with IP Cam Viewer, you've found it. Just be aware of what you need to do to get it configured initially.

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ARK ITX/CS-Ci05 Pedestal Server Case 1U flex power supply
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice compact ITX case that'll let you house a Mini ITX/FlexATX PSU inside. 02/15/2016

This review is from: ARK ITX/CS-Ci05 Pedestal Server Case 1U flex power supply

Pros: Small and compact.
Takes inexpensive Mini ITX/Flex ATX style PSU's.
Has a full-height expansion slot!
NO CDROM SLOT (which is either a pro or a con, depending on how you look at it).

Cons: Difficult to actually use that full height expansion slot because there's no PCIe left angle riser included, and finding one with the proper angle and height is incredibly difficult too. There's no information on what riser you should buy as well.

Other Thoughts: I bought this as a case to house a pfsense build. It's about as small a case I could find for this purpose that still has an expansion slot for a NIC. Finding the appropriate left-angle riser is next to impossible though. The majority that I found position the slot so its facing away from the system board. In this case you need a riser that positions the card so it's over the system board.

Because I couldn't locate a riser, I used a flexible PCIe extension cable instead. It works however be aware that you won't be able to use a full height card, you won't be able to secure the card in the case using it's bracket, and you will have to come up with your own method to secure the card. The reason for that is because the end of an extension cable extends about an inch beyond the bottom of your card, and in this case, the PCB of the cable hits the side of the case.

Other than that, the case is great!

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Pros: Great range and the compatibility with all 802.11 standards. More features than you can possibly ever use too. It supports multiple SSID's, VLAN's, and has it's own built-in RADIUS server.

Cons: Management interface can be a little slow, but since you'll only be using the interface when you configure your access point(s), it's not a major concern. I only tested it in single AP mode but what I noticed is that the interface is actually just being overly cautious. The AP comes back and is accessible faster than what the interface would have you believe.

Other Thoughts: I've actually got two of these guys, one is my main access point in my apartment and the other is for some testing that I'm doing. I've also deployed one at a business that I do IT support at. The price of these access points is on par with what you'd pay for a high end access point/router, but these access points are very much business class. One concern I had initially (which I verified isn't an issue with the WAP1750) is compatibility with Wireless G and N devices. I have had issues with other 802.11AC access points working properly with legacy devices. In some cases you can enable a compatibility mode to make them work. In others there's no options at all and getting legacy devices to work with it is an exercise in futility.

Technically there's no "legacy" compatibility settings available with this AP, but truth be told, you don't need it. Everything just works, just like it should! To say I'm impressed is an understatement.

You can set the AP into three different modes of operation depending on your needs. In my case I currently have my active AP in single AP mode, but you can have it set as either the master or slave AP in a managed network environment. In the latter case you can manage all your AP's from one device, plus you get some other really neat features (like rogue access point detection).

The ability to power the AP over PoE is great as well. Keep in mind that this access point needs either a switch or an injector that conforms to 802.3at to be able to power it. You can daisy-chain another PoE device from the secondary port but it'll be at 802.3af only.

Overall you can't go wrong with this AP. There's a very good review of it on small net builder that pretty much tells you everything you'd want to know about it.

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