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TP-LINK TC-W7960 N300 DOCSIS 3.0 (8x4) Wireless Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router
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5 out of 5 eggs It's a good router and does what it says it will do 10/14/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TC-W7960 N300 DOCSIS 3.0 (8x4) Wireless Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router

Pros: Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my review. Today I will be talking about my TP-Link TC-W7960 cable modem. This is kind of a hard item to review seeing as how it does not have any real software to cover or anything of that nature. I am using Xfinity internet and this will be my ISP basis.
Installation was super easy, I unboxed the unit and plugged it and called Xfinity, gave them the address numbers they requested and I was off and surfing the internet. It has four Ethernet ports on the rear with a USB storage port. I will cover the USB port in more detail later on. The wireless routing part was easy as always to setup. I use Mac filtering on all my routing devices and this device was easy to setup. I did also add my wireless router to one of the LAN ports to extend my rang and use it like a repeater, it worked great just a few tweaks to the router settings.
Router "Linksys EA6900"
Now let's touch on the USB port on the rear. So I was reading that TP-Link says you can add a printer to this USB port and share out over the router - I would not recommend this. If you're going to add a printer to your network environment you really should do it via a static IP address this is a far better way to network a printer. I have added a small drive to this USB port and found that I did have some access issues at first but was able to iron them out over time. Once again I don't recommend this for long term use, there are lots of options out there for NAS or SAN storage.

Cons: This is more about the ISP "Internet Service Provider" than the router. I really hate having to call in so I can give them the new information so they will enable my internet connection. I wish they would just make these things plug and play all the way. How hard would it be to add a small software package that contacted the ISP and just sent all the info over the connection and made the process more automated?

Other Thoughts: It's a good router and does what it says it will do. I am not sure you can ask for much more?
Thank you for reading my review I hope you find it helpful.

TP-LINK TL-NC200 Wireless Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion Detection 300 Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion
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Pros: When I got this camera I was really excited and just could not wait to set it up and test this bad boy. I was able to locate the App fairly fast . The camera does have a very crisp picture and great sound quality. The camera has a nice small foot print and a long power cable, so finding a suitable location for the camera to be installed should be easy. Over all it's a nice camera and at the price point you really can't go wrong. This camera will do both Wi-Fi and hard wire. I use this on LAN most of the time. Once you have the mobile app setup its easy to view your camera from basically anywhere.

Cons: This list is far longer than I ever thought it would be. Let's start with the fact that you need to get this camera up with a mobile app. The App itself is in gray scale on Apple and was kind of hard to see as I was entering in the data required to start the camera. I feel like TP-Link did not consider the fact that some people would like to set this camera up via a desktop and the desktop program will not work without the user name and password to the cloud account you have to create to view. If you wish to use the direct IP to connect to the camera forget it. I was unable to manage the device using the IP interface because I could not get it. The username and password was not provided in the documentation and I tried to use the username and password that I set up during the install setup but it was a no go.
I had to do a firmware update right out of the box so that was just one more delay that I had to sit through. Overall the total setup from the App on my Apple to my computer was a grand total of thirty five minutes, far too long for a single camera. One last parting grip about the computer setup, I had to really go digging on the TP-Link website to locate the PC wizard to get my desktop to connect to the camera and I have to say I am rather upset still that I am unable to connect to the camera via a direct IP address.

Other Thoughts: For all my cons the price point really drives me to this product. $30.00 is more than a stellar price for a camera that really does work and with a little time I believe that anyone can set this camera up and use it to monitor their kids or home from any location. The mobile apps are easy to use and the viewing experience you get is of very good quality.
I had to ask myself if I would recommend this camera to a friend or family member? After a great deal of thinking I would say yes with the caveat that they know it's going to take some time to setup and if they wish to use a PC to monitor the camera then they will have to follow a few steps and locate the wizard on the TP-Link website

HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 (M9L75A#B1H) Duplex 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi wireless/USB color Inkjet MFC Printer
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Pros: Today I will start with a disclaimer, I really like HP and have always liked HP and after this product review I still like HP. It is the best out of all the printer brands in my opinion. Let's start with my favorite HP software and the most overlooked Web Jetadmin. This software comes with every HP printer. The way you get to it is super easy. You open an Internet Explorer window and enter the IP address of the printer, for example You can obtain your IP address by printing out your configuration page. Back to Web Jetadmin, in this interface you can set advanced features like setting up ring counts for the Fax, seeing the ink levels, my favorite while managing any printer because I can see the cycle count and see when I need to install a new maintenance kit. It has too many features to list in this review but if you get this printer or have any other HP printer please explore it. In just a short amount of time you will see it is the best printer tool out there and it comes free with all HP printers.

The print quality that came from this printer is incredible, I compared to my HP LaserJet M452nw that I paid $400 for. The two printers' color print outs on pictures and my commercial product are so very close it really shocked me. The only real difference was that the Inkjet has one shade lighter color. The crispness and the sharpness were both the same. The edges of both printouts look the same.

The color Touch Screen is very nice and its of a higher quality than most. You don't have to mash hard on the screen for the printer to accept your selection. A soft light touch is all you need. The brightness was just right and the screen was large enough to do my work easily. Sometimes HP gets a little cheap on the touch screens in this case they did not.

The setup was easy - you plug the printer in, you install the disk software on your machine and follow the steps. You have two options: the easy wizard and the advanced link to my printer option. If your new to setting up printers please use the wizard. If you need to set a static IP and want to setup the Wi-Fi and set the passwords and access points you need to use the advanced or the Web Jetadmin. The only thing that I really disliked about this printer setup was locating the security PIN to connect the Wi-Fi. This will be covered in detail in my cons.

Cons: The Wi-Fi setup requires you to locate the "PIN" so you can connect your computer to the printer safely. I had to really dig in the printer settings to find the PIN. The instructions said that the PIN would be located in the documentation or on the printer itself, it was not and I really had to go looking for it. I thought if I printed out the configuration page it would be there, it was not. I found it in the wireless settings section on the printer. HP, if your reading this, please fix this and include the PIN with the documentation.

The last con I have is the cost of HP ink.

Other Thoughts: This Inkjet printer is just as good as the M452nw LaserJet at half the price how can you go wrong?


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