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Zmodo Greet - Smart WiFi HD Video Doorbell
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1 out of 5 eggs Would not connect to my wi-fi network 07/08/2016

This review is from: Zmodo Greet - Smart WiFi HD Video Doorbell

Pros: Appears to be well made.
Runs off the low voltage power used by your conventional doorbell - make sure you have one!
Your conventional doorbell chime will still work.
The phone support dept. has nice soft jazz on hold.
The camera has some limited movement, so if your current doorbell is located low like mine, you can tilt it up to maybe see who is at your door. I'm not sure how well this would look though, as I was not able to make the product work for me. Generally, it would be best if your current doorbell is around face height, I would think.

Cons: It would not connect to my dual band D-Link router. I spent a lot of time trying the various solutions suggested in the limited paper instructions as well as on the web site. One suggestion I was not able to try was to change the 802.11 b/g/n settings temporarily, as my router software did not offer that option. I could have tried going into manual setup mode, but that would have destroyed my existing network and was not worth the time it would take to set it all back up.

I went to the product site and typed in my question for the support team, but the server just sent back a bunch of random information instead of telling me that my message had been received.

Then I tried phone support during business hours. I followed the menu choices to support for my device and got put on hold for a while until I gave up.

Now I have six new holes drilled in the front of my house. The smart doorbell looks pretty cool and it does operate my old doorbell chime, so maybe I will just leave it up.

Other Thoughts: Not ready for prime time. If this is the "internet of things" you can keep it. Network connectivity is still too big an issue for me to want a bunch of household products on my wi-fi network.

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OCZ ARC 100 2.5
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Pros: Like all SSDs this one is fast. Other reviewers have covered the speed details. Mine works fine and I wanted to point out the OCZ software called SSD Guru. You download it from the OCZ site and it installs on your computer. It monitors your SSD and tells you all sorts of interesting things about it. The first thing I noticed is that my copy already has the latest (version 1.1) firmware installed, so I did not need to worry about updating it.

I would also like to note that this SSD is 7mm thick, not 9mm, so it should fit anywhere you can put a standard 2.5 inch drive. I appreciated the fact that the data and power connectors were strong and precisely made, so I don't have to worry about making a good connection without breaking them.

Cons: This drive does not come with screws or any other mounting hardware.

Other Thoughts: I love how SSDs are coming down in price. I assume they are getting more reliable as well, but I've never had a problem with any of the 7 or 8 SSDs I have had over the years. I plan to put this one in an older laptop workstation after I finish testing it in my desktop machine.

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HGST Deskstar NAS H3IKNAS40003272SN (0S03664) 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: These drives come in a retail box with molded plastic forms around the drive that appear to do a great job of shock absorbing. The drives are quiet, fast and barely warm if you give them a bit of a breeze. I ordered two and they work fine.

Cons: Wish the price were a bit lower, but even so they are a great deal compared to the competition. You do need to know how to format them to use the full capacity. That info is easy to find on the HGST.com web site.

Other Thoughts: I suggest going to the HGST.com web site and watching the video on how to safely handle and install hard drives. They say a lot of DOA drives are due to shock damage in shipping, but damage can also occur during handling by the person installing the drive.

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