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Zmodo KDC8-YARUZ4ZN 8 Channel H.264 Level 960H DVR Security System with 4 x 700TVL Night Vision w/IR Cut Outdoor Cameras (No HDD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This was easy to install, just run the wires, plug in the cameras, and setup with mouse and menu. Some reviews have said the video quality was no good. I found just the opposite, very clear video and can identify person from 60 feet away. Night vision is ok and you can always add additional infrared. Good night vision for only about 20 feet but if there is a streetlight, no problem seeing people 50 feet away. The price was unbeatable on sale and the client I installed it for was very happy to have home security system with installation for less than $250.

Cons: When unit is powered on, The default language was Chinese and video was PAL - not NTSC. Very limited instructions so you have to work yourself through the menus. If video is set to PAL, you end up with blinking black and white video. There are no instructions for what ports you need to open on your router. I have not been able to view video outside the network. System resets occasionally by itself and the client calls me back to set up video and get rid of the Chinese on his screen. This has happened 3 times where the unit goes back to factory settings.

Other Thoughts: For the price I could not get a better deal. The unit I installed had a clear picture. One problem I still have not resolved is how to record more than 2 cameras. In the menu for recording, I can only select 2 channels or cameras. I ended up just setting it up to record the camera on the front porch and side of house for client.

Ok, bottom line is for home security you don't really need a super expensive system. A business I do PC support for had a new 16 camera system put in that cost 10 times as much as this system. The video from the business system is horrible. We have all seen the video on news where a business recorded a crime in progress and most of it looks like they were too cheap to buy a good system. Well, I have seen $1200 systems that the video does not even come close to the video quality of this system.

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NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Finally, a router with all the features I want 10/04/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: I have owned several high end consumer routers and each one had problems or features missing that I wanted. This router has all the features I need and more.

Router was easy to setup. I used WPS to setup all my wireless devices. Everything connected without any problems. Wireless signal and speed are excellent. I have 4 wireless IP Security cameras and with every other router I have tried, I had stuttering in the video and audio when running all 4 cameras at highest setting. Not so with this router. With all 4 running at 30fps, I get a pop up message from Genie that says high network usage, but this router does not have any trouble handling traffic of all the cameras with 5 other PCs, a WiFi Bluray player, and television all connected.

This router has both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. The USB 3.0 was a welcome feature. If you have ever tried to use sharing through a router with a USB port, you pretty much know it is useless because USB 2.0 is slow. With USB 3.0 and an external hard drive, I was able to stream HD media to the television with no problems. If you want to share files with an outside user, but do not want them to have access to your network PCs or server, the Readyshare is a must have feature. You can share files using the Netgear Readyshare without giving away access to your network.

Another feature that many routers are missing that I consider a must have is Network traffic usage and monitoring. With the Netgear R8000-100NAS I can monitor usage, have it reset the counter each month at the beginning of my billing cycle, and display a warning when I am reaching my bandwidth limit for the month.

Robust security features include Parental Control, Block Services, and Device Access control.

Three separate bands for WiFi. Older devices can connect to 2.4GHz while new devices connect on two separate 5GHz bands. Range is exceptional. Normally, 5GHz is limited in range because of the higher frequency, but the 5GHz range on this router is the best I have seen. I am on the opposite end of the house on the second floor and I get a 100% signal strength. I have not had one wireless device disconnect since installing this router. I previously had a higher end other brand dual band router and experienced frequent disconnects with my IP cameras.

With the USB ports, Readyshare allows you to share printers and external USB drives. Readyshare Vault will allow you to do perform automatic backups to the external drive.

Built-in FTP server to access your Readyshare device from anywhere.

With the dual-core processor and three offload processor, this router has not trouble handling any task. The web interface is filled with features and works flawlessly. There was no hesitation in the menu selection or screens loading as seen in many routers.

Built in VPN. This is a feature not normally found in consumer routers. You have full secure access to your home network from anywhere.

Cons: Price is a little steep for a consumer router, but I don't consider the price steep for this router.

Other Thoughts: I have replaced my router at least 8 times in the past 2 years. Each time, I found something I did not like with the router or there was a feature missing. These were not low end routers, they were all higher end dual band routers. This is the first router where I do not have any complaints. So far, I have not found any faults with this router and all the features I have wanted in a router are in this router.

When you look at the price, it definitely seems a little high when you can get a dual band home router under $50. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and what you are paying for in this router is definitely worth it. I have worked with small business routers and high end wireless access points and I can tell you this router is suitable in both a home and small business. I had a gigabit switch in my house with the previous routers because even with gigabit ports on those routers, the performance was subpar. With this router the gigabit wired connections perform just as well or better than the switch.

If you are looking for a high end router that does what it is advertised to do, you should check out all the features of the R8000 on the Netgear site and then make your decision. Bottom line is I don't believe I will be replacing my router anytime soon. I finally find a router that does what I need and want it to do.

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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler  6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This heatsink is huge but I had not problem with installation. Smart design with heat sink allowed room for RAM with heat sink. Installed this on a Phenom 965 running at over 4ghz that had an H60 installed. Used a y-cable to hook both fans on cpu fan header - bios fan speed worked fine even though I was only using 3-pins.

The included fans are quiet - well quieter than my Antec case fans because I could not hear them running. This heat sink with an overclocked 965 actually ran cooler than the Corsair Hydro H60. About the same temps at idle, but running a performance assessment tool pegging the CPUs at 100% showed this CPU running a few degrees cooler. One thing I did notice is when going from 100% CPU back to idle, the CPU temps dropped much quicker with this than the H60.

Okay not really a PRO unless you are an old geek like me, but this huge heat sink looks cool. I am probably going to keep this installed and put the H60 on the shelf.

Cons: Size, but not really a con. Because of the size, I wanted to be careful, so I removed my motherboard and components, installed the DeepCool, and reinstalled the motherboard. Took a little more time, but made the job easier.

Other Thoughts: I liked my Hydro cool but I did not think the performance was all that great. I was surprised at how well this DeepCool performed. Now that I have it installed, I may try to push my old 965 BE up a few more notches since it is cool enough under load to push the voltage a little. The water coolers are great but I did find they have a big disadvantage - if the pump ever goes out, you won't know until your system shuts down. With air cooled, the system will shut down if my cpu fan fails. I had a Thermaltake Big Cool I was running in a 955 overclocked and it shut down on me one day. When I tried to power back up, it would shut back down. I pulled the case an the CPU was so hot I could smell it. The pump on the Big Cool went out - no warning - no indication - no way to tell until the CPU was hot enough to cook some eggs.

This is a little expensive for air cooling, but well worth it. You get performance equal to many liquid coolers and that makes the price actually inexpensive if you are considering liquid.

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