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Rosewill RCM-8163 True 1.3 M Effective Pixels USB WebCam
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Follow Up Review 10/15/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RCM-8163 True 1.3 M Effective Pixels USB WebCam

Pros: I'm running 3 of these webcams on a Core2 Quad HP XW4600 Workstation running Windows Server 2008 R2 with 8GB DDR2 6400 RAM. I use Ispy software to use the cameras as a security system. See my 3/11/2013 review for detailed steps.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is a follow up to my review "Works great as security camera" on 3/11/2013.

I was able to successfully get these cameras working on a Windows 2008 R2 x64 server by installing the Desktop Experience feature.

1. Open Server Manager: click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and click Server Manager.
2. In the Features Summary section, click Add features.
3. Select the Desktop Experience check box, and then click Next.
4. Complete the wizard by clicking Install.

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Rosewill RCM-8163 True 1.3 M Effective Pixels USB WebCam
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works great as security camera 03/11/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RCM-8163 True 1.3 M Effective Pixels USB WebCam

Pros: This is a great camera for the price and are perfect for setting up a home made security system. A small blue LED lights up on the camera when it is running, the light isn't overwhelming like some LEDs tend to be. Power over USB keeps cable clutter to a minimum.

Cons: None for my use, but the power over USB can be a con if you need to put the camera further than about 12ft from the PC.

Other Thoughts: After a long time pricing the more professional security camera systems with DVRs I decided to look at webcams. The fact that these power over USB limit the cable distance, but if that isn't a problem for you and you have a spare PC then these are a MUCH cheaper option to setup a nice little security system. I have two of these cameras hooked up (with a 6ft USB extension cable on each) to an HP Workstation WX4600 that I bought used off "an auction website". The workstation is running Windows Home Server 2011 64bit. The cameras installed automatically, I never used the included driver CDs. I then downloaded iSpy for free and after a few minutes I had a nice security system setup with motion detection as well as a schedule of when I want the cameras to be on or off. Since the free version of iSpy doesn't let you look at the video remotely I installed Log Me In Free and I simply remote desktop into the Workstation from my PC at work and I can see both the cameras. The iSpy software also records upon triggering the motion detection sensor, you can then watch the recorded videos in Windows Media Player.

Two side notes:
I tried using these cameras on Windows Server 2008 64bit and could not get them to work. They appeared in the device manager but I could not get the video from them in iSpy.
Originally I hooked these up to an HP dc7600 Pentium 4 PC that I had sitting around (with 4GB DDR2) but when the iSpy software was running the CPU usage would constantly be around 90%. So I purchased the HP Workstation with a Core2 Quad CPU and now the CPU usage is at a much better 25%.

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GELID Solutions FN-SX09-15 92mm Case cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Dead Silent! 03/14/2012

This review is from: GELID Solutions FN-SX09-15 92mm Case cooler

Pros: Rubber mounts included. Good air flow. Dead silent.

Cons: Would be nice if they included a 4 pin molex adapter with this fan.

Other Thoughts: Installed one of these in a Dell Precision T3400 as a rear exhaust fan. I tried other fans I had laying around from Silver Stone and Antec first but all were too loud when compared to the quiet fans that Dell uses. I used GELID fans in a custom rig for a friend in the past and remembered how silent they were so I purchased one of these for the Dell. Installed the fan with the included rubber mounts, power it up, and I can not hear the thing at all! It's running though a 3 to 4 pin molex adapter right to the power supply, so it's running at full speed all the time. Think I will be buying many more GELID products in the future!

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Display Name: Phillip T.

Date Joined: 12/31/06

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  • Last Review: 10/15/13
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