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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

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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 192.168.1.234. 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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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: Today I will be telling you about my experiences with silicon power slim S55 480 GB SSD. So far I am super happy I am using this as the primary drive for my HTPC "Home Theater PC" the super slim design allowed me to mount the drive right under my blu-ray burner. I am using the Lian Li PC-q04a case so space was an issue. the whole case is the size of a standard toaster "very small" the drive being so small allowed for me use the space given for a full sized hard drive to manage my cables and clean up the inside a bit. The drive is fast and this is the second silicon power slim drive I have my other 240 GB has close to four months on it and its still running with ZERO issues. Has a three year warranty but I don't think I will need it. It's an SSD so fast boot up's and zero sounds in a small package what more do you want. Easy to install!

Cons: The plastic packaging was a little hard to open

Other Thoughts: Good buy for the price and I have two now! One last thought I chose to put an OS on this SSD knowing that ANY OS will write and re-write often so please be aware that this will shorten the life span of the drive over a long period of time.

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Date Joined: 03/22/08

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