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D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very easy setup although nothing is said under system requirements about Linux the cam is perfectly usable through the web interface and VLC can connect through the rtsp:// address of the stream you want. This cam can be set up with a wide spectrum of video and sound quality, the presets seem sufficient for any needs most users would have, but can be extensively tweaked as needed.

Cons: The software that allows you to connect to the video stream live in the browser is for Windows and Mac only. If you are using the wireless connection, signal strength IS EVERYTHING in order to stream the video, I would recommend a hard-wire connection if and when possible.

Other Thoughts: The install of the newest firmware went without any hitch, although at the time it rebooted it was dark enough to kick into night mode and I was puzzled as to why the picture came back Black & White??? Once I figured out it was in night mode I calmed down (need to keep that in mind). Creating an account with D-Linkddns allows you to connect to the cam remotely over the internet, it works well and would be an easy way to keep tabs on things at home while you are away. Keep in mind that you may have to set your router up to allow access over the internet, port-forwarding is needed.

Setting up the movement sensor is straight forward enough, and is certainly the way to go if you are using this device as a home security device... no need to record all those still frames and fill up an SD card for no reason if you opt to go with the SD card.

The nighttime operation is fair, not super range but decent, I can see my entire front porch with no issues. Most media players would allow you to adjust brightness and contrast anyway.

For the price point it is a fair value, although I have seen much better... I have also seen very much worse. A decent home owners grade IP cam.

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SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB OTG Flash Drive Model SDDD-032G-A46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Foolproof Transfers 05/24/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB OTG Flash Drive Model SDDD-032G-A46

Pros: This is a very easy way to transfer your “stuff” from your smartphone to your pc or even a tablet without any worries at all about finding the 'right' usb cable (or if needed the right software) for your pc... this is the way to do it. The design of the drive is neat having sliding covers on either end to cover the out-of-use connector, without the fear of loosing the cover.

Cons: It would be nice if the covers were to be able to be locked in place a little better somehow, they slide rather easily if you are pushing the unit into the port. Another thing that could help the design a little would be to make the surface a little more textured or more rubbery to help grip it better while plugging it in or unplugging it... what is there, although textured, does not provide much for gripping with your fingers.

Other Thoughts: On my PC I managed to get about 10.5 MB/sec transfer rate on a USB3.0 port no different than the average 10.5 that I got on the USB2.0 port. Some devices get a little better on the 3.0 even though they are only 2.0 compliant, not so with this device. The covers are more to protect the plugs from being bent or snapped off... they certainly do not have the ability of keeping pocket fuzz out of the contact areas. As others have stated all ready... a lanyard would be the better choice over the pocket. Of course USB 3.0 is nearly expected these days.

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TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: These power-line adapters are super easy to set up with any system, essentially they plug in and work. No Wireing, Easy Setup with WPS. The wireless adapter which you can use as its own wireless access point or you can “clone” an existing wireless network by using the WPS feature on your wireless router, or if you prefer you can set the feature up using the setup disk provided which suprizingly enough does not require the installation of any software running directly from the mini cd. As far as Linux is concerned... no issues. Access to the device is available through your browser with the default user name of admin and default password of admin.

Cons: Windows Defender on my Windows 7 Ultimate system did however see the disk as a potential threat as it did turn off the firewall for access to the adapter, not a problem during setup but be aware that it does do this and you may need to restart the firewall after completing the setup. I still think the idea of a power pass-through feature on these devices would be a great addition. Being able to use these devices and still be able to plug-in your lamp to the same outlet would be nice.

Other Thoughts: Great choice for those “Just out of wireless reach” areas that are common in most homes. Especially in my turn of the century farmhouse whose walls are twice as thick as more modern dwellings. Wireless is always an issue and the old tin roof doesn't help either. My kitchen and one upstairs bedroom were added on after the building of the original house, so there is an outside wall that as far as wireless is concerned cuts them off from the rest of the house. This device allows devices in these two rooms to connect without dropping out from time to time, and the best part is that there were no wires to have to contend with. If I had not installed all my ethernet wiring years ago I would certainly have used these instead. So much time and effort saved with the use of these. I would recommend power-line networking to anyone that is adding networking to their existing home. New construction however, I would still go with a hardwired system simply to save on blocking outlets with these.

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