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TP-LINK NC200 Motion Detection Built-in Microphone Wireless Cloud IP Camera
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Pros: Inexpensive IP camera, great price for what comes in the box. Really fast and easy setup, got it connected to the wireless network fast and had an account set up and was watching the camera in under 5 minutes. The setup process is as simple as pushing the WPS button on the back, or plugging in via Ethernet and reconfiguring Wireless through the mobile app Video resolution is good for the price (640 x 480 @ 20 FPS), and is probably more than you'll ever need for monitoring without recording, though the app itself supports recording to your phone.

Using TPLink's service to connect to the device remotely means that you do not have to know how to configure your router for inbound traffic connections, it's handled entirely by the device and the app, all traffic goes through TPLink's servers.

The app itself is pretty simple to use. You can quickly add cameras that are on the same WiFi connection as your mobile phone, then immediately start watching or recording activity. There's an option to enable or disable the LED on the front, should you want it to look like the device is off (Though lets be honest, if someone sees the camera they'll assume they're being watched).

Packaging included some 3M adhesive which is quite strong, and the mount for the camera has a 360* ball joint that allows it to be mounted from a ceiling pretty easily. The power cable is nice and long, though maybe not enough to run up an 8 foot ceiling. It was more than enough for me to use just about anywhere in my house.

Cons: Unlike some other devices, the biggest gripe with this device is that you are forced to use TPLinks mobile apps and service, you cannot configure this camera to use another web based service that can be viewed from a web browser or connected to a recording device for 24 hour recording. TPLink's "cloud" service strictly means that internet traffic is handled through their servers and local network configuration does not need to be done by the end user, no off-site video recording.

"Motion detection" often doesn't work. Does not use more advanced motion detection like more expensive cameras and instead analyzes changes in the image using software to determine if something moved.

It appears you can only have one account linked to a camera. I linked my account then tried creating another account on another device (to simulate multiple users) and found that it does not work. You can log into multiple devices, but if one person is viewing the stream the other device is locked out from using it.

As far as security, I have an issue with having an IP camera inside my home be forced to go through a company's servers. Not only am I at risk for my outbound traffic being intercepted, but TPLink is now responsible for ensuring my camera's traffic is kept secure. I'm also at risk for TPLink discontinuing their IP camera service and having my camera turn into a paper weight.

Other Thoughts: This IP camera is very cheap and it's great for someone who just wants to be able to check in on their home, make sure a pet is not shredding carpets, the stove is off, the house isn't on fire, this would probably be fine, but it's far from a security camera. Rolling video storage is more important than ease of use, and the only way to record with this device is to log in with your smart phone and hit a record button.

If you need to be able to watch something after the fact or need a surveillance camera, this camera is not for you. Look into other solutions that have some sort of storage configuration that can save 24 hours of video, maybe one that has IR Night vision or thermal motion detection.

Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router
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3 out of 5 eggs It works well but has some strange issues. 01/04/2016

This review is from: Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router

Pros: Overall the setup and use of this router was extremely fast and simple. It looks great and getting it up and running was easy, as should just about any other router on the market. The speed is pretty good on this router when in range, and the wired switching is able to keep up with my busy home network.

The web UI is easy to work through, doesn't seem too cluttered and is fast to change basic settings.

Cons: As others have pointed out, it's strange seeing a device without SSL on the login. Not a major concern for most people but lacking encryption on web traffic to the management port is a huge negative for me.

The router also has somewhat of a problem with range, falling much shorter than my previous two routers and carrying only weak signals to the furthest reaches of the house. Speed was great up close to the router but it falls short rather quickly.

I also ran into issues with heat on this router, something that I haven't had an issue with in a while. I'm guessing it's intended to sit on a table or shelf on it's own and it was designed to have the most surface area touching circulating air, however it doesn't fit well into a networking closet because of it's shape. There's no way to wall mount or rack mount this router, and it MUST stand up on a table or shelf.

Strangely, the packaging and website say that there are two USB 2.0 ports, but my device only came with one. keep this in mind when planning to use printer or drive sharing through the router.

Other Thoughts: There are some really weird things that appear to have been left off of this device or were just never polished before shipping, but overall it works just fine. I definitely wouldn't pay the premium price that this router is currently priced at, but it gets the job done.

ASUS Z170-PRO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Fresh out of the box this looks like a pretty standard motherboard with the standard connectors in all of the logical locations. The back I/O ports contain all of the usual suspects, plus the inclusion of USB 3.1/Type-C, a nice thing to have as Type-C devices start appearing in the near future.

Internal connectors are very intelligently laid out, and having somewhat non-standard for PC connectors like Thunderbolt headers on the motherboard is a nice touch. It's also nice to see so many on board chassis fan connectors with PWM, the last few motherboards I've owned have ignored chassis fans, and if it does include them they're non-PWM.

It's handy having DisplayPort 1.2 with MST to be able to run three displays on daisy chain from on-board graphics. The GPU isn't strong enough for much more than desktop and web browsing, but if you're running without a dedicated GPU it's a start.

There are tons of little features on this board that are almost always going to be corner cases for use. Features like the on board MemOK! button sound like a questionable way to solve a memory problem, and I am unsure of when I'd encounter a power surge over a non-POE RJ-45, but this board has configurations and settings for each of these scenarios and many more.

Cons: Off the bat, the things that stand out to me are that the PCI express slots share a lot of bandwidth, and it might be an issue if you load up a system. If you plan on running two GPUs, speed will drop to x8 speeds. The third PCIe 3.0 slot runs at 4x mode however it shares it's bandwidth with two of the SATA III ports by default and runs at x2 speeds. If you need to run both devices at the same time at full speed you will not be able to. The same issue goes for the M.2 and the SATA Express ports, both are linked and run on the same bus, so changing properties of one will impact the other. These are cases that will likely be few and far between, but it may impact you if you run a lot of storage or multiple GPUs.

At this time I had several issues with trying to get USB 3.1 drivers installed under CentOS 7.1 and Fedora 23. ASUS does not provide third party support for Non-Windows systems, and some of these drivers do not exist in upstream repositories yes. Not a major issue but worth noting.

Other Thoughts: This board has a lot of bells and whistles attached to an otherwise pretty standard board. Most of the features come in the control of the BIOS and when you first set the board up. After you close up the case it's all about looks and stability, and it seems to be fine on both of those fronts. The 5-way optimization looks more like a gimmick than an effective tool, and is pretty close to the standard "Auto OC" from the last few generations of Intel CPUs.

This board is definitely worth buying for the stability and speed, but it does have a few shortcomings that should be looked out for before purchasing.


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