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Axis Communications AXIS 214 PTZ, 18x Optical Zoom, Day/Night, 2-Way Audio IP Camera
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - 18x optical allows me to pull the license plate off a car at 100 feet away from the camera.

- Great build quality

- 0.005 Lux sensitivity (night mode)

-Three ways to control the ptz functions: joystick emulation, cross-hair, and the typical left, right, up, down, zoom buttons.

-Quick and quiet ptz functions.

-Great looking and quick web UI.

-Not a single reset required since I put them up 4 months ago.

-Guard modes, timed preset positions, alarms, input and output switches, and a whole host of other stuff I never use.

Cons: -Price... This camera won't do you wrong, but it is still very expensive. It appears to be in about the right price range considering the competition, but I feel that all of these high end cameras still should be appreciably cheaper.

-I mentioned that I could pull the license plate off a car at 100 feet. This is definitely possible during the day, but at night, things can be "iffy". If you do zoom in on something far away during the night, the camera can pick up enough light to make the image useful, but the auto focus is not good enough. So you will see the letters of the license plate, but they will be just a little too blurred out to identify. Manual focus is possible via the web server, but it is not sensitive enough, and you usually end focusing past the sweet spot. When you are lucky though, the camera will focus correctly on a distant object at night.

Other Thoughts: I do use the figure 100 feet in this review, but I actually believe it may be closer to 200, but I am trying to be conservative.

Otherwise, if you have a mission critical security problem, these cameras are a good place to start. With the outdoor dome (which newegg also offers), these cameras become pretty large. Even though I make no attempt to hide them, barely any of the people who come on my property notice them. And since I implemented them 4 months ago, they have saved my but 10 times.

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Rosewill RC-406 Switch
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Consistently performs 03/31/2009

This review is from: Rosewill RC-406 Switch

Pros: Can't complain, it's a cheap no frills switch which does its job.
Power adapter doesn't get warm either.

Cons: Shallow mounting holes.

Other Thoughts: I have transferred over 6 terabytes of data over this switch at 5Mbps over the last 100 days or so, and have not had to touch it since powering it up.

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Rosewill RC-412 10/100Mbps Switch 16 x RJ45 8K MAC Address Table
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs It works, need it, buy it 03/31/2009

This review is from: Rosewill RC-412 10/100Mbps Switch 16 x RJ45 8K MAC Address Table

Pros: It's cheap, small, low powered, and most importantly works consistently.

Cons: Does not come with screws for mounting, but who cares...

Other Thoughts: I have been constantly transferring data over it since I purchased it, and have not had to touch it since I powered it up. It works just as well as the other switch I bought from Rosewill.

Oh yeah, it also has a metal exterior

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Lotar W.'s Profile

Display Name: Lotar W.

Date Joined: 12/19/05

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/15/09
  • Last Review: 04/01/09
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