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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 week to 1 month

Pros: -Camera screen is a pretty nice setup
-Night vision mode is kind of cool (yet fairly standard)
-May have slightly easier setup with WPS enabled router
-2 way audio works (needs a speaker hooked to camera though)

Camera Screen:
The camera screen in the settings web interface is actually pretty nicely laid out. It is easy to turn the 2 way audio on and off (or make it 1 way), switch to/from night mode (or set it to automatic), and change zoom.

Cons: -4x digital zoom is blurry as all fuzz
-Very difficult setup
-Poorly designed Android app
-Poor Resolution (max 640 X 480 at 30fps)
-The web interface is the same as other D-Link products (personally don't like it)
-Many settings don't seem to work or save
-2 way audio often gives echo feedback since it always listens (no push to talk)
-Mount doesn't always hold the camera in position (even when tightened)
-Clicks when switching between day and night mode

Setup:
My router does not have WPS enabled (DD-WRT) and I rather not run a wired cable all the way from my router to a camera (especially not the 3ft cable it comes with). Unfortunately, they don't make this easy. I had to connect via cable, go into the 192.168.x.x setup screen that they don't tell you about in the instructions, manually enter my SSID and other net info, unplug the camera, and plug the power back in. Luckily after all of that, it worked on my wireless. And no, the easy install computer software did not find the camera so I needed to manually type in the local IP.

Android app:
It starts off alright and the camera view screen works fairly well. The only problem is it freezes and crashes a lot, as in EVERY time I used it. I don't think there is a way to exit without force closing. Also, it looked like you could make it send your phone a notification on motion detection (pretty cool) but I'll never know because it wouldn't save the setting and most of the times it would crash when I tried going to the settings screen.

Other Thoughts: This is definitely not good for the average user. It was very difficult to setup and the automatic stuff didn't even work. And because of the low quality, even advanced users will want to stay away. However, for the price with the massive discount it may be a fair (not great) affordable option. Just remember, there is a reason for that (currently $120) discount.

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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 Versatile, compact, but not USB 3.0 05/24/2014

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

Pros: I can see a few good uses for this. One good use would be to store movies on from your computer and take it on the go to watch them on your phone. It would also be quite handy during meetings if you need to transfer something like an email attachment with a presentation file from our phone to the computer connected to the projector.

-Very small
-Works with Cyanogenmod 10
-Very cool design
-USB + micro USB may make it worth only being USB 2.0

Cons: It is not USB 3.0. This is enough to knock of one egg since for the ame price, you can usually get a 32GB flash drive with USB 3.0. However the micro USB may make it worth buying depending on what you are looking for.

-Not USB 3.0
-Caps can slide in fairly easily (still has a solid click though)

Other Thoughts: These tests were done with 2GB files.

USB 3.0 (Backwards compatible)
Read: 19-22 MB/s Avg: 20 MB/s
Write: 12-15 MB/s Avg: 13 MB/s

USB 2.0 (Laptop)
Read: 10-16 MB/s Avg: 14 MB/s
Write: 10-12 MB/s Avg: 11 MB/s

Galaxy S3
Read: 8-14 MB/s Avg: 10 MB/s
Write: 9-12 MB/s Avg: 9 MB/s

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APC Back-UPS Pro 500 BG500 500VA 300W 4 Outlets UPS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works well but a bit of overkill 04/06/2014

This review is from: APC Back-UPS Pro 500 BG500 500VA 300W 4 Outlets UPS

Pros: Network interface:
I really like the network interface. It is well designed and looks very sleek. There are even nice images to show things like overall load and remaining battery. The options are very clear on what they do.

Smart ports:
I really like the 2 smart ports. Sometimes my server does not restart correctly and it requires a manual power off and on. This way, I will be able to do that without even being at my house. This battery system even has a feature that lets it power off and on networking equipment plugged into either one of the 2 smart ports if it detects the loss of internet connectivity.

Master port:
This is more for energy saving if you are using this for your computer and not networking. It allows you to plug your computer into the master and plug things like your monitor and speakers into the others. When your computer turns on, it turns on the other ports. This can save you money since things use a bit of energy even when they are off.

High load on battery:
A kind of cool test I tried is running my home computer system off of this. I plugged my computer, monitor, networking eqp, etc into this and shut of the source power. It was the coolest thing when my computer was still on but not plugged into the wall. The indicator said that the setup could be maintained for a bit over an hour which would be pretty awesome.

Overview:
-Nice interface (with lots of options)
-Good for networking
-Good for power saving on home computer
-Long operation off of battery alone
-Cheap replacement batteries ($16)

Cons: Battery level indicator:
One problem with this is when I was testing the battery, I fully charged it and then shut of the source power. Immediately it said the battery only had 70% battery, not 100%. That makes me not sure how accurate that indicator is.

Large:
This is a pretty large unit. It looks nice and all but it will still take up quite a bit of space.

Cost:
With this unit being around $300, I cannot recommend this for everyone. Most people do not even need a backup battery unless they are doing important things on their computer that cannot automatically save or something.

Other Thoughts: For anyone who needs a backup battery, this is a very nice one. I am definitely using this in my network setup.

Uses:
1. Network management and backup
2. Home computer backup

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Display Name: Alex F.

Date Joined: 12/01/10

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  • First Review: 07/28/12
  • Last Review: 07/30/14
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