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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: 3 year warranty
Sata III 6 Gbps interface

Cons: Slow compared to other SSDs
Questionable longevity due TLC memory
No included screws or cables

Other Thoughts: This isn't the fastest SSD out there, not even close, but at this price I'd say this drive offers tremendous bang for your buck. The drive is thin enough to fit into any 2.5" drive bay. It is made of the cheaper TLC memory instead of MLC or SLC and therefore its longevity is likely to be worse than drives using those types. This type of memory also isn't as fast, however, compared to a traditional hard drive, this thing flies. This would make a good drive to throw some games or other software onto, but I'm not sure I'd trust important files to it for the long run.

TP-LINK TL-PoE150S PoE Injector
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5 out of 5 eggs Does its job well 06/16/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PoE150S PoE Injector

Pros: Small, lightweight, plug and play.

Seems to be reliable.

Cons: Not easily mounted, no provisions for wall mount. No bracket or mounting holes included.

Other Thoughts: PoE injectors are a life saver in some environments, allowing one to power PoE enabled cameras, phones, switches, splitters, etc.

This injector works fine with my network camera (TV-IP572PI).

Note that this is an active PoE injector. Make sure any devices to be used with this are 802.3af. Passive devices will not work.

It is nice that this is gigabit capable, which could help if I were running a PoE gigabit switch or a PoE all-in-one computer.

A CAT 6 cable will work better for longer distance runs since they use 23 AWG wires vs CAT 5's 24 AWG.

Netgear Arlo Q - 1080p HD Wi-Fi Security Camera with 2 Way Audio & 7 Days of FREE Cloud Recordings - VMC3040-100NAS
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3 out of 5 eggs Needs a companion local storage device to be a real winner 05/26/2016

This review is from: Netgear Arlo Q - 1080p HD Wi-Fi Security Camera with 2 Way Audio & 7 Days of FREE Cloud Recordings - VMC3040-100NAS

Pros: 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi support
Motion detection
Sound detection
2-way communication (see cons)
Good night vision
IFTTT compatible

Cons: Requires Internet connection
Inconsistent motion detection
App crashes randomly
App crashes when trying to speak through camera from app
Limited to 1 gig online storage with free subscription
No constant recording with free subscription
2-way communication difficult due to latency
No local storage option

Other Thoughts: Initial setup was a pain. It has you enter wireless credentials and then generates a QR code that you must place in front of the camera. I could not get it to read the code from my Samsung Galaxy S4 after a dozen attempts. I switched to my desktop PC and went to and it read the code fine.

You must also agree to a ToS and Privacy Policy during setup where you feel like you're signing your life away to use a piece of technology that you own. If you could handle video storage locally, I doubt this would be necessary. In the Privacy Policy I read "We may share information with third parties." in bold. Yikes.

After setting the camera up on my PC, I signed into the mobile app and my PC was automatically logged out.

It takes a good 10 to 15 seconds to start a live view. The app crashed seconds into my first viewing session when I tried speaking through the camera. I have yet to get this to work correctly. After playing around some more, it crashed again when I tapped on what turned out to be an icon for the timeline feature, which requires adding a CVR plan.

I was able to easily add a second user and grant administrative permissions to the camera.

In the camera settings, I noticed that it was set to 720p by default. I was able to change it to 1080p.

Videos seem to be easily managed in the Library tab of the app.

At 1080p, I've observed the camera using up to almost 12 Mbps in a fixed location in my garage as measured by my DD-WRT enabled router. A still image with background noise is between 1 and 2.5 Mbps, still image with more noise is closer to 5 Mbps, and opening the garage door spikes it to the highest reading I've seen yet. I'm sure it would use more bandwidth still with more motion than just the door opening and closing. It uses almost no bandwidth when there is no recording or live view happening. The figures I recorded are vastly different from Netgear's claimed max bandwidth of 1500 kbps. Maybe soemone forgot a 0.

I'm personally getting a little tired of companies peddling expensive products like this and then nickel and diming customers with monthly fees. The plans seem way overpriced for what's offered. I would much prefer local storage and control with optional cloud backup, but I can see the value some people may place on letting someone else handle the storage despite the tradeoffs.

Motion detection seems to work well for me in testing in the kitchen, but not in my garage. I was able to catch cats jumping onto the counters and found optimal placement for deterrents. I mounted it in the garage next and linked it through IFTTT to my Wink hub to turn on the lights when motion is detected. There is a delay of about 10 - 40 seconds. Sometimes it won't fire at all and I can't yet determine if it's an Arlo or IFTTT issue. I'd like to see Netgear partner this with Wink directly so that I can take IFTTT out of the mix.

The motion detection seems to suffer a bit in the garage as I have to walk to within about 10 feet of the camera for it to trigger a motion alert even on the highest sensitivity setting.

The default "Armed" mode was sending me notifications and emails every time it detected motion. Once you've placed your camera, I would recommend creating a new mode to suit its purpose as you can then easily modify motion sensitivity, motion zones, audio sensitivity, actions, recording length and notifications.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend basing your home's security on this camera, but it would be good for monitoring kids or pets or supplementing other security measures. I really want to like this product more, but I feel too restricted by the cloud storage and the caveats that come with it. I feel that this really deserves 3.5 eggs, but I can't round it up to 4.


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Display Name: Shane A.

Date Joined: 03/14/03

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