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D-Link DCS-820L Night Vision, Motion & Sound Detection, 2 Way Audio Wi-Fi Baby Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good for what its made for 04/03/2015

This review is from: D-Link DCS-820L Night Vision, Motion & Sound Detection, 2 Way Audio Wi-Fi Baby Camera

Pros: With the night vision you can ‘see’ over 20ft in distance... not with great fidelity, but the IR LEDs do a good job projecting IR light into the room.

Motion and sound detection with email notification. Can pick up pretty quiet noises.

Very easy to use and setup. I’ve setup Belkin wireless devices and they have a similar setup process – you use an adhoc Wi-Fi network.

I liked the micro SD recording. You must have the micro SD cards/adapters to read/write from this device.

It has two-way audio with a bit of lag.

The device has lower power consumption and can run off of a battery

Can manage multiple cameras from the same app

Cons: Small resolution (640x480) – you really have to position this well in order to see things with fidelity

I suppose there is a trade-off here because streaming a larger image would waste EVEN MORE of your phone’s battery

Reasonable amount of lag between event that is actually happening and seeing it on the phone (this should be expected with this sort of device). Over the cloud, the lag is even greater.

Reasonable amount of battery drain on the phone that is streaming the image (this should be expected with this sort of device)

App isn’t exactly snappy – there could be some improvement in performance and usability. Images freeze and app can crash entirely. I think the stability of the app is always increasing over the lifetime of this product, though. App crashing could mean you don’t know what’s happening with the child!

Need to physically be with the camera to focus it – it would be helpful to have a knob outside of the field of vision focusing so that you can see things besides your fingers.

Other Thoughts: I suppose this is the real win with a device is that there is 2-way audio and motion detection which you cannot get with a standard webcam and Skype.

This would work well as it is intended, to monitor a baby. The other models are cool too with temperature monitoring and tilt/panning of the camera.

Firmware updates require a password so make sure to write that down or remember it.

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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great price for wireless AC, although the C7 offers extra performance for about $20 more
Guest network is pretty cool for visitors that you don’t want on the main network, or devices you wish to isolate from the rest of the network
5dbi antennas – sends a strong signal for a good distance throughout the 2 story 5 bedroom house
More performance than other AC routers in the price range. This one is 1200 AC – apparently 3 times as fast as wireless N
DLNA server, FTP server, print server!!! USB stick integration is awesome!! Been waiting for a router like this for some time
Small form factor – low profile footprint on desk
LED icons show everything you need to know on the front
Some people have got OpenWRT to run on this router and the C7 which is exciting – although there are some issues that are still being resolved

Cons: Firmware update seemed to delete previous settings
WPS button could be easier to press and identify
Printer software is a bit clunky – required to install on each computer that wants to use the printer
Not a power saver, but not bad either – took about 2.7 amps at most with an average of about 0.7
Doesn’t have the beamforming capability that others claim to have – although I am hesitant that is a real feature with passive/non-shaped antennas

Other Thoughts: Make sure your devices support wireless AC before buying this. If the receiving device does not have wireless AC capabilities, then you will likely not see a performance increase. But, its safe to say that devices will be moving to AC in the future.
As always, buying a new and faster router won’t guarantee your internet speed will increase. The real bottleneck in internet connectivity is the internet service provider.

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TP-LINK TL-SG105E 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 5 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Sturdy build quality. It is light weight, there are rubber feet, and a sturdy metal case. It is also wall mountable, which is definitely a perk.
Gigabyte speed. 16K Jumbo frame size. Big address table (8K). 2MB buffer size. VLAN support
It is great when you have multiple gaming PCs that you want to have online at once.
Good for expanding router capacity without performance loss.
Additionally, the "Easy Smart Configuration Utility" makes it simple to setup the device and fit it for specific needs.
Cables click into place – there is also a cable checking feature.
There is individual port control, switching, and monitoring.
It can blocking broadcast, multicast, and unknown unicast storms – tested with Kali.
The switch allows you to backup your configurations and a save selected modes. Great for business or home use.
The installation is pretty easy

Cons: So far, it is working almost flawlessly. There is no web based management and in the management software.
The software only runs on Windows. Therefore, if you only have a Mac, I would not recommend this to you if you want to setup VLANs and see network traffic.
For price point there are cheaper switches on the market.
Only a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer, I would like to see a longer one from TP-Link.

Other Thoughts: Only 5 ports – make sure you actually need a managed switch. The most expensive part of this switch is that it can handle VLANs. An unmanaged switch will not be able to do that.
I think this switch will do well over time – TP-Link makes good networking devices.

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