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TRENDnet TV-IP321PI 1280 x 960 MAX Resolution Outdoor 1.3 MP HD PoE Dome IR Network Camera
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Pros: Very easy camera to setup. I was able to get the camera configured and running through the web interface in under 15 minutes. The "Pro" software is not too bad, and it appears stable (see other notes about this as well) The camera's water / weather resistance seems good, I subjected it to a few tests including setting it in 3" of water (though I do not recommend this, it's not rated for submersion but it stood up to it. I suspect over time submersion would lead to water ingress and damage the camera, but for a short test it was fine, which should mean it would stand up to a downpour of rain with ease). The picture quality and frame rate for the cost of the camera is good. You can view it on your phone when you configure it and your network correctly. Low light performance was very good and in the dark with the IR illumination in the camera it kept very good picture quality. The camera offers both the option to either run from a local power supply or to run from power over Ethernet. The software that comes bundled with it has decent record options and quality as well as some options to assure that the machine recording the camera's stream is stable and running. The camera is not based on cloud services (which for most is a good thing, though some people might find configuring it a little more difficult). The mounting for this camera seems very sturdy and the case comes apart in an interesting fashion, rubber gaskets where you expect them, a nice internal strap that keeps you from dropping the housing when installing or servicing it, overall decent construction.

Cons: The camera does not come with a power supply, so unless you plan to use it with power over Ethernet (POE), you will need to buy a 12v adapter for it (or a POE injector, which needs to be 12v or auto sensing). The software, while I was able to get it running with only skimming the manual, for most people might not be very intuitive and might take some time to learn. The camera's "Pro" software that comes bundled with it by default has a watchdog that will reboot your system when resources get low and affect record quality and stability, the con here is that it's on by default and gives you no warning, so if this is your desktop machine you'll be confused when it closes out everything you are working on and reboots the machine ( most people would dedicate a separate machine to record the camera, but home users might not )

Other Thoughts: This camera, for the price, is not bad at all. The bundled software claims it can view and record up to 32 cameras. This camera seems to be independent from "The Cloud" which I personally like, though some many want this feature, I am glad that it's not. I have tested other cameras that run via "The Cloud" and they have some annoying and almost detrimental shortcomings because of this. The software has some nice features, but can cause issues until you read the manual and configure things that it does by default, like the system watchdog. I was rather pleased with the camera and ran it in some harsh conditions for 2 weeks just to put it through it's paces. I plan to set it up somewhere around my home and if I have any future issues I plan to come back and make another review where enough details or information warrants it. I was very happy with this camera and I am currently demonstrating it to my boss at work, to get a few and test them out on a larger scale, which would let me put the DVR software it comes with through it's paces as well. If that happens I will come back and give an updated review, but for now I feel that it's a good camera and for the price, I could not ask for more.

Minor Update: I am now using these cameras in a Business Environment and I am still very happy with them.

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TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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5 out of 5 eggs Decent, Fast, Reliable 12/05/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: Units are very well built, internally everything looks good and sound.

The units were super easy to setup and run. Almost literally ready to go out of the box

They perform faster than all the other powerline units I have previously tested.

Indicator lights are simple to understand and not intrusive.

Units will go into a sleep mode if the network connection is disconnected ( such as powering off a device or computer, given the connection doesn't stay on in standby ).

I have not see any reliability issues with these units in my testing and was able to stream YouTube and Netflix with no troubles in all rooms I tested them in. I did a lot of testing with these units and I have posted the results in the other section, I was impressed with these units.

Cons: Units are a bit large compared to other units I have tested, if plugged into the top outlet on a wall socket they will cover both sockets, though they don't block the top outlet when plugged into a lower outlet.

Units suffer the same performance issues when they are plugged into some plug strips with surge protectors and filters. I would recommend plugging them directly into the wall where possible.

You will not see full gigabit speeds through these from what I have seen in my testing, however, it is possible on shorter runs to see speeds over 100 Mbps. ( peak being about 467Mbps when there where plugged into the same outlet and separated by a 25 ft extension cord ).

Units will lose dramatic amount of performance if they are not on the same circuit back at your breaker panel ( most homes have 2 circuits coming into them, aka Split-Phase) so you may have to test the units in multiple places to get the best performance if it becomes an issue, I'm not knocking off any points because this is an inherent issue with using any of these types of adapters.

Other Thoughts: As stated I took my units apart to look at the internal construction, I do this with a lot of my test items, and I do not recommend that an end user does it since it will void your warranty. I do this so that I can see if anything looks cheap or sketchy, to provide a better review.

I tested these units with 2 identical computers that both had a name brand network adapter installed. Iperf ran on the workstations for testing, and file copies where done from my network file server.

These units are nice and I would recommend them to people that cannot run cabling through their house and dislike, have issues with, or need more speed than Wifi. They are solid and reliable, I have been running them for a bit over a month.

Though I listed a lot of cons, I am not going to knock any eggs off since these have impressed me and done better than many other units I have tested. You won't see 1200 between only 2 units however, the 1200 mbps is a measure of full system bandwidth when you are using many units.

Overall they are nice, and work well. See performance numbers below.

Test results.

Iperf using 20 parallel connections
Windows File Copy with Large File from FileServer (4.5GB Test File)

Test #1 - Separated by a 25 foot extension cord. Same Outlet
Iperf - 467 Mbps / 58.37 MB/s
Windows File Copy - 51 MB/s

Test #2 - Same Room, separated by about 75 feet of wire and plugged into surge protector
Iperf - 130 Mbps / 16.2 MB/s
Windows File Copy - 15.7 MB/s

Test #3 - 1 Unit in Basement, 1 Unit in Kitchen
Iperf - 204 Mbps / 25.5 MB/s
Windows File Copy - 17.6 MB /s

Test 4 - 1 Unit in Basement, 1 Unit in Living Room on Surge Protector
iperf - 47 Mbps / 5.87 MB/s
Windows File Copy - 4.7 MB/s

Test 5 - 1 Unit in Basement, 1 Unit in Living Room before surge protector
iperf - 71 Mbps / 8.87 MB/s
Windows File Copy - 7.77 MB/s

Test 6 - 1 Unit in Basement, 1 Unit in 2nd Floor Bedroom
Iperf - 66.1 Mbps / 8.26 MB/s
Windows File Copy - 7.5 MB/s

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Simple Audio Go Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker
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5 out of 5 eggs It's Simple, It Works, and It Sounds Good 12/05/2016

This review is from: Simple Audio Go Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Pros: Receiving this item, I found that it was well packed. Opening up the box I found the USB speaker, charger, USB charger cord, instructions and a cord for direct connection to a device. Setup was incredibly simple. It paired easily with my iPhone and iPod touch. The sound quality for the size was impressive as well as the volumes it could reach. The bluetooth on the unit worked well, I was able to take the paired device up to 50 feet away without troubles and the speaker was loud enough that I could still hear it clearly. On a medium-high volume setting I was able to get almost 8 hours of constant play out of the unit before it had to be recharged. The speaker phone feature on the unit worked as well without issue. The sound quality is decent, save for not being able to hit low-lows ( like you get with dubstep ) but it still sounded amazing for the size of the unit. The speaker did produce enough bass that it would move around on a table at full volume. Vocals and classical music sounded amazing on this unit. Rock and metal sounded good as well. Electronic music sounded decent, though it would lose out a bit on the deep deep lows. The buttons and indicator light where easy to use and understand. Not to much else to say, it's simple, it works, and it sounds good.

Cons: When it was synced with my iPhone, it would drop connection for a short bit of time, like half a second, and come back, I did not see this problem with the iPod, so it might not be the speaker's fault. The speaker phone feature left a little bit to be desired sound wise. I would like to have seen alittle better bass response, but for it's size I cannot fault it that much. I could not get it to work with my laptop, it would pair, but the laptop could not understand what kind of device it was. I was hoping it could give my laptop better sound, though I could plug it in with the direct connect cord I guess.

Other Thoughts: The unit showed up as "GO" in the bluetooth device search instead of what was stated in the manual. The sound quality sounds better when it is sitting on a flat, sturdy surface. On things like carpet and chairs the sound will get muffled as there is a bass port in the bottom of the unit. The feet on the bottom of the unit seen to be a slight bit tacky (probably to keep it from moving about) and they will collect alittle dust. On the iPhone the bluetooth logo also functioned as a battery life indicator for the unit. I suspect other devices should be capable of this as well.

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Display Name: Joshua M.

Date Joined: 04/19/05

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