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This review is from: PlexDisc 4.7GB 16X DVD-R White Inkjet Hub Printable 50 Packs Disc Model 632-210
Pros: I have used their DVD media many times over the years for storage and never had any problems with burning.
Surface is easy to write on with a sharpie if need be!
Cons: None!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
Pros: For an inexpensive portable storage solution, the Blaze Series Flash Drives work great! Four sizes to choose from 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
Simple press and slide to extend the USB plug which securely clicks in place for connecting to a USB port when ready to use. Press and slide again to retract the plug. Plastic construction and light weight. A RED led lights up for visual indication when the drive is being used so you know it is working with just a glance. Came formatted with FAT 32 and has a lifetime parts/labor limited warranty.
Manually tested by writing multiple 1GB files, and with various other sizes with no problems. Drive does not heat up with heavy use from what I can see.
Connected this flash drive to my routers USB 3.0 port loaded with some videos/music, and set it up as a DLNA device shared on my network to test with streaming music and videos to various devices. It worked well for streaming directly to my TV and tablets if you are streaming only one device at a time.
Works with televisions or DVD players with USB ports and is great for viewing or playing music/pictures/videos directly from the drive! Played fine on both USB 2.0 and 3.0!
Various flash drive speed testing tools averaged around 35MB/second reading speed, and 30MB/second writing speed. No two computers are alike, so speed tests will always be different from machine to machine!
If you go to their website they also offer various software and mobile apps. Some are free, and a few may be useful to some people!!
Other Thoughts: For the price this is a great flash drive, and would work as a boot drive with an operating system installed if you have the need. Of course it will never be as fast as an SSD drive, but there are plenty of uses for this flash drive!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice solid build quality, super clear and sharp picture. Built in UI is easy to configure and setup. No need to install any software if you are only using one of these cameras, as it can be setup to record directly to your PC drive through the browser UI.
Video format options for two streams, Main Stream (Normal) for the best quality, and a Sub Stream setting, each allow control over resolution, bitrate, frame rate etc. Under the Events settings in the UI, under Email Account, you can setup to an SMTP Server to send alerts to three different email addresses. For my testing I configured it to send one to my email with snapshots of motion detected, and a second one to TEXT an alert to my phone, along with snapshots. This works great, and since we all carry phones with us these days, you will be instantly alerted by TEXT along with a picture if you set it up to attach Images!
Motion detection works good, with the option to highlight specific areas within the cameras field of view so only a highlighted area will trigger an alert. Be sure to adjust the sensitivity and test the motion detection! If sensitivity is set to high, shadows from sunlight can trigger a motion alert, including tree branches moving in the wind.
Privacy Mask option allows you to highlight an area in the cameras field of view that will not be visible in recordings or snapshots. Many choices under Network settings tab to cover pretty much any type of network setup that you may come across.
Storage settings allow you to configure for Network Storage, such as a NAS, or a drive connected to your router. FTP Server setup is also a simple setup for a NAS or other network storage device to store your recordings and snapshots in real time.
I also tested this on a Seagate NAS that has built in Apps, specifically the Surveillance Manager, which recognized the camera with no problems, and allowed me to bypass the camera UI for control and recordings directly to my NAS.
Trendnet IPVIEW, and Trendnet View apps both worked fine and can be found on Google Play. The free versions are really all that’s needed for 1 or 2 cameras. With a tablet or phone, you can also setup for viewing within your home network by using your local network address for the camera.
Cons: As others have mentioned, no power supply included! So when ordering do your research if you do not have a POE device/router that can supply the power that’s needed. If you plan on using it as a temp setup, any 12 volt/1 amp power supply will suffice.
The TrendnetVIEW software is a bit cumbersome, and not very user friendly to setup. While it does work if configured properly you will need to read the setup manual! For temporary setups it will be much easier to just use it through the browser UI!
Full digital zoom is not great as everything becomes blocky when zoomed in at max.
Other Thoughts: While many may not have PoE hardware to set this up, Trendnet does have PoE hardware available. The TRENDnet TPE-104GS Gigabit PoE Splitter has a built in adjustable power output for those that already have PoE capabilities within their network.
If you plan on using only one of these cameras, you will need at the very least a splitter, and an injector like the TRENDnet TPE-113GI Gigabit PoE Injector. And if you plan on connecting more than one of these cameras, check out the TRENDnet TPE-TG44G 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet PoE+ Switch which will supply power to 4 devices.
Be sure to check for firmware updates!
Recent Firmware Version 5.3.4 Build 160616 was released on 6/28/2016. Trendnet support page lists what was updated with this newer version. Current TrendnetVIEW Pro software and Mac Plug-in can also be found on the main support page for this model, including all current manuals!