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This review is from: Sandisk SD8SN8U-1T00-1122 X400 1TB M.2 2280 Solid State Drive
Pros: It's tiny, fast, and works with FreeNAS.
Cons: None really.
Other Thoughts: The drive that I received was an OEM version in a plain plastic protector package with no cardboard or documentation, and the labeling on the drive isn't what you see in the product image here (it's white). It's not really a "con" though; I'm just pointing it out so it doesn't surprise anyone that's expecting a retail version.
Bought this to install in my Intel NUC5i7RYH NUC that I'm using for a portable FreeNAS 9 build. This particular NUC lets you run both a standard 2.5" HDD/SSD and install an M.2 2280 drive. Although the NUC can use PCIe based M.2 drives, I knew going in that FreeNAS would only use an M.2 drive if it presented itself as an AHCI SATA drive, which is why I primarily chose this drive (besides it's capacity).
Not only does it work with FreeNAS, it works REALLY WELL! I have this drive striped with an Intel 1TB 5 series drive in my NUC and over a gigabit network, copying data from my workstation that's equipped with RAIDed SSD's, I can completely saturate the gigabit link between the two either reading or writing to the NUC with this drive in it. That's with AES encryption enabled in FreeNAS (which is hardware accelerated on the NUC to be honest).
To say I'm impressed is an understatement!!
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.
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!