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Foscam FI9821WBV2 CCTV/Analog Cameras
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Works well, easy setup - annoying firmware 08/14/2014

This review is from: Foscam FI9821WBV2 CCTV/Analog Cameras

Pros: - Easy setup if you understand home networking
--- I did not try setting it up with the Wizard, I configured it manually
- Good resolution
- Wide variety of viewing options (Android/iPhone, web browser)
- Good performance
- Fairly responsive even under less than ideal connectivity

Cons: - Firmware is extremely annoying to set-up. Requires you to step through each firmware version to get to the next. Almost all versions of firmware have two separate files that must be loaded in the proper order. This is unacceptable. In these days of firmware upgrades, I've not run into one this complicated or annoying in probably 15 years. I removed one egg for this, although I considered removing two, it is that annoying.
- Limited password length
- IR LED defaults on - be sure to turn it off

Other Thoughts: Overall I've been fairly happy with this device. I know some of my initial concerns with it were cleared up with firmware upgrades, however getting the firmware upgraded properly was far more confusing than it should be. Having multiple files to upgrade firmware that must be run consecutively is not acceptable. In addition, requiring each firmware upgrade to require the previous firmware version is definitely short-sighted. The newer firmware should be upgradeable over all previous versions. Finally, getting the firmware requires registration on the site. I'd be far happier with this camera if the firmware acquisition and upgrade process was less annoying.

ASUS Z87-DELUXE/DUAL LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Packed with features but strangely lacking 06/30/2013

This review is from: ASUS Z87-DELUXE/DUAL LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Loads of features
-Easy to use UEFI BIOS
-Looks great
-Runs well (now, see cons)

Cons: -Driver DVD was incorrectly made so it was unreadable by my machine (and all other machines I tried to use it in) Traditionally this wouldnt be much of an issue for me, however there were troubles locating certain drivers even from manufacturer's websites (such as the NFC card reader driver).

----This was made worse by the fact that the drivers that were posted on the Asus website were incorrect and I had to go to many different manufacturer's websites to get the correct drivers for multiple aspects of the motherboard

-Asus utilities caused BSODs when I was attempting to install Bitdefender 2013 Internet Security. Without the Asus utilities installed the Bitdefender install went without issue

Other Thoughts: I suppose many of my issues would have been negated if I had originally received a working copy of the drivers DVD, but since I did not, it made the install of many of the aspects of this board somewhat of a pain. Furthermore, even without a functioning copy of the DVD, it shouldnt have been as difficult as they made it to get correct drivers from the Asus website. For certain motherboard features (IE: bluetooth and wireless) they have multiple indistinguishable drivers listed but only some work with this board.

Overall I like the board and intend on continuing to use it, but the setup was far more annoying than it should have been.

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very quick graphics card at an excellent price

Cons: I was slightly disappointed at how loud the fan is. My older 5870 (based on a similar GPU) also made by XFX does not get anywhere near as loud as this 6870 does.

I could easily hear the fan over all of the other fans (5 other fans) in my system which is built into an NZXT Phantom case


Matthew S.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 08/08/02

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 01/10/10
  • Last Review: 02/14/15
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