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HP Officejet 250 (CZ992A) Duplex 4800 x 1200 dpi USB / Wireless Color Inkjet Mobile All-In-One Printer
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5 out of 5 eggs Sleek, compact, does it all on the go printer. 12/29/2016

This review is from: HP Officejet 250 (CZ992A) Duplex 4800 x 1200 dpi USB / Wireless Color Inkjet Mobile All-In-One Printer

Pros: The OfficeJet 250 Mobile AIO was probably the easiest and quickest printer I’ve ever unboxed, setup, configured and was printing to. It’s nice and compact, lightweight, and relatively easy to transport around with you all day. It’s perfect for my job as I no longer need to run to an office or staff room all the time when I need something printed, copied, scanned, and/or emailed. For those wanting AIO printer functions on the go, the OfficeJet 250 is just what you’re looking for.

It took just a few minutes to unbox the printer and set it up for initial use. There’s a rechargeable battery to install, then connect the power cord to charge the battery. (Note that you can also charge the batter via a 1A-minimum-charge-capable USB charging port. You would need to purchase a USB cable as one is not supplied with the printer. The printer also needs to be powered off in order for the USB charging to work.) Power it on, Insert the two ink cartridges and add some paper.

Printer setup is accessible via the LCD ‘pop-up’ touchscreen, and also from the web based configuration page (once you’ve selected the printer setup on the touchscreen). Firstly, you’re given two network configuration options, Self-managed and IT Managed, the former being step by step guided and the latter having advanced configuration and setup options. After selecting IT Managed, I went to 123.hp.com/oj250 on my smartphone to download the mobile app so to connect the printer to my network. The entire process took only a few minutes.

While you can use the touchscreen to configure printer settings, but using the web-based configuration page is much easier. Anything from checking printer status, ink cartridges, running maintenance, inputting scan to e-mail addresses; it’s all accessible via the printer’s web page. You would probably want to setup an administrator password here to limit user access to those settings.

I also installed the HP AIO printer app, which requires the HP Print Service Plugin, both from Google Play. The HP All-in-One Printer Remote app allows you to use the printer for scanning, printing, and sharing documents. There’s also a ‘How to Print’ button that explains how to print from Google Drive, Dropbox, Gmail, and a few others. A handy little guide just in case you ever need it. If you’d rather not install the HP AIO Printer Remote app, you could use Google Print instead, just add the printer via your Google account.

Print quality is what you’d expect from an HP printer, crisp and clear. Print speed is however, relatively slow, which of course, is affected by what your printing and whether or not the printer is running on AC or DC power. Running on AC, the printer was just slightly faster than on battery power. Compared to many other HP printers, this printer is about half as fast give or take, although faster than the OfficeJet 100. It seems a fair trade-off, mobility for speed.

There are a couple power management settings to help extend battery life, mainly the auto-off function. This is actually disabled by default, so you would need to enable it in settings from the web-based configuration page. As quoted from the power management settings from that page:

“The printer will automatically turn off after a period of inactivity to help reduce energy use. This feature is automatically disabled when the printer is connected to a computer or mobile device, a network, or a fax line (if supported).

Auto-Off turns the printer off completely, so you must use the power button to turn the printer back on.”

Overall, I was impressed with this printer. The quality of the hardware itself and the results of it's functions. I'd highly recommend one for your mobile office.

Cons: Expensive ink. That's really just a given with inkjet printers. With the yield of 200 pages for the standard black cartridge and 600 for the high yield, it's... expensive!

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EZVIZ Husky HD 1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi or PoE Video Security Bullet Camera, 16GB MicroSD, Works with Alexa using IFTTT
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Pros: The EZVIZ Bullet Cloud Camera is just that, easy to setup and easy to use!

The packaging was pretty cool, both in the eye catching and product protection categories. There’s a mounting template included for simple and clean installation. A waterproof network cable cover, (although you’ll need to make your own cable. There’s no way to install a pre-made network cable in the waterproof cover, but that’s an easy enough task to either do yourself or find an IT person in your family or friend of the family that can do this for you.)

As stated earlier, setup was very easy. I connected the camera to a POE switch (a power adapter is included if you don’t have a POE switch, but for neatness and convenience, a POE switch would be the way to go. One less cable to worry about). I then downloaded the app from Google Play, scanned the QR code located on the sticker on the bottom of the camera, configured the wi-fi on the app, found the camera and was viewing before I knew it. Just to be clear, I used my wired network connection, hence the POE, but one can set it up via wi-fi (hence the included power adapter).

The camera has motion detection, which you can setup to receive notification of on the app, from a ‘soft’ notification, to a ‘intense’ 30 second duration alarm. You can also set a notification schedule, useful for when you don’t really need to be notified of motion detection. One last feature is the motion detection sensitivity, which you can adjust from 0 (off), to 6 (High Sensitivity); from movement over wide areas to small areas. The app also lets you zoom in (either by clicking the zoom icon or touching the screen in standard smartphone zoom format. You’re able to set the resolution from Basic, Standard, and Hi-Def. You can also record pictures and video while using the app. The camera has a small amount of memory for this or you can add a MicroSD card of up to 128GB.

The night vision is a must have on an outdoor surveillance camera, and that feature works well on the EZVIZ Husky camera. This can be turned off or on in the phone app as well as the web app.
One important feature that I almost forgot about is image encryption. You can turn this on or off via the mobile app. Personally, I would always leave it on.

You can view your saved pictures and videos directly from the mobile and web apps, too.

If the onboard memory and/or add in card isn’t suffice for your recording needs, you can sign up for the subscription based EZVIZ Cloud Storage Service. The camera comes with a 7-day free trial so you can test it out first.

Overall, the camera performed well, and was easy to use and view with the android app. While it would have been nice to have the pan and tilt features, those aren’t deal breakers in my book.

Cons: Requires Internet Explorer to use the web app.

Other Thoughts: Accessing the camera from your computer requires using Internet Explorer and EZVIZ’s website. Which is why I should be categorizing this as a con, but the web app gives you quite a bit of control over the camera, so I’m throwing it in other thoughts as well . I use Chrome 98% of the time, and it would be great if I could use it 100% of the time. Limiting your device to use a specific web browser isn’t a good way to make a customer happy. Also, why can’t I simply access it via the IP address?
That being said, The web app gives you the option to save locally, directly to your computer. You can also add friends to the camera view list (They would have to have EZVIZ accounts I’m assuming, I didn’t give this a try personally), and even limit the mobile devices and/or computers that can access the camera. You can turn the motion detection alarm on and off via the web app as well.

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TP-LINK TL-SG108PE 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 4-Port PoE
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5 out of 5 eggs Fast and loaded with features. 10/18/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG108PE 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 4-Port PoE

Pros: When it comes to home or small business network devices, a switch is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to increase resources and accessibility in that network. At the same time, the right switch provides relatively simple yet powerful configurability at the same time. This is one of those right switches.

Installation is extremely simple, you really don’t need to understand or use many of the available features on this switch, but it’s nice to know it’s possible if your needs change in the future.

I connected the switch to a D-Link DGL-4500 turned WAP, (MDIX on this switch eliminated the necessity of using a crossover cable, which was nice, as I didn’t have one at the time.) The DGL-4500 connects to a Linksys wireless 802.11ac router, which in turn is connected to a Motorola Surfboard cable modem. A second Linksys 802.11ac router has been re-purposed like the D-Link, as a third WAP in the network. All three access points have both wired and wireless devices connected to them, and all computers on the network were able to communicate with the TL-SG108PE and its connected devices. This was accomplished by setting up the initial switch configuration by running the installation utility from the included disc on my computer. In a matter of minutes, I had 7 additional Ethernet ports available, the 8th of course already being used to uplink the switch to the WAP (8 is merely coincidence, any of the switch ports, (unless specifically configured otherwise), can be used to uplink this switch, not necessarily the one actually labeled number 8), and 4 of those 8 provide low-power POE for 802.3af devices.
The TV-IP311PI camera I connected to one of those 4 POE ports powered the camera right up, and my family and I are able to access this camera from any device in the house, streaming video to multiple devices to test network speed and throughput. In fact, I’m streaming it to my computer right now as I’m writing this, while streaming a movie from the NAS. I’ve connected three NAS, one laptop, and the IP camera to this switch, which connects directly to the D-Link, which connects to the core router in another room. I’ve had the kids stream movies from two of the NAS, the IP camera, and download a game from Steam. The download from Steam races along at between 10-15MB/s, the 720p and/or higher video streams from any of the 3 NAS connected to the TP-Link switch travel through without issue.

As a parent, I really like the QoS configurability TP-Link has included in this switch. Rather than an either/or when it comes to internet privileges, there can be varying amounts of said privilege. We’re all Steam, Origin, GOG, etc junkies in my family. Switching that Battlefield 1 download to 10 Mb, half duplex because someone ‘forgot’ to do their homework… a far great motivator than simply pulling the plug. Seriously though, controlling data flow and access is easy with the Easy Smart Configuration Utility. Most home networks won’t need or want to use VLans, but for many businesses, this feature is practical if not necessary, and impossible on an unmanaged switch. VLan configuration is done through the ESCU, and can be accomplished one of the three ways you decide.

Easy configuration utility also includes monitoring; loop prevention, cable test, port mirroring, port statistics, Trunk mode, port speed and flow control, and don’t forget 4 POE (15.4W max) ports. 16Gbs backplane bandwidth means each port is capable of Gigabit two-way transfers. While I was unable to test a fully populated switch with multiple simultaneous transfers per port, I was impressed with the switch’s transfer speeds on my 4 computer, multiple laptop, NAS, smartphone, SmartTV, online gaming console home network torture test.

Cons: None at this time.

Other Thoughts: More often I'm noticing these smaller switches are placing the power port on one side and the network ports on the opposite side. While this may agree with the good practice of keeping power and network cables separate from each other, it's plain ugly when the switch is placed in spot where it will be seen. True, it's not really that much of an issue, but... it is an issue nonetheless!

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