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Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Great router, but pricey 04/24/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: -Great performance, rock solid

-Web browser interface is laid out well, things are pretty easy to find. There is also an App to control the router with a Android or iOS device

-2.4ghz and 5ghz Wifi network antennas. Beam forming and MIMO are very cool features of this router

-Priority control to give certain devices more bandwidth

-USB network file sharing (1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.0) I found the speed to be around ~21 MB/s

-Parental controls, MAC filtering, Firewall, and ability to turn the Wifi off during certain times of day/week

-Can setup guest networks to keep home network/files private to guests (this is enabled by default)

-Security is done pretty well on this router- security was not an afterthought

Cons: -As many others have pointed out, this device sits flat on a desk- does not stand upright. This takes up space and the dimensions of the device are roughly: 10" x 7" x 2" (L x W x H). For those that want to try to hang it on the wall, it’s between 1-2 lbs.

-VPN options are not built into the software on this router. That’s disappointing. One way to get around this limitation may be to setup VPN on a Windows wired desktop and port-forward the ports for your VPN

Other Thoughts: -I searched through DD-WRT and Open-WRT websites, I did not find any pages that appeared to offer support for this router. Support may be coming in the near future, this router is pretty new at the time of this review.

-Great performing router for home use. Offers about all the features you would want in a router for a home router in Apr 2016. But that comes at a cost. Unless you really are using a lot of Wifi devices in the house at the same time, this router may not be worth the extra money.

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Silicon Power 16GB up to 85 MB/s MicroSDHC UHS-1 Class10, Elite Flash Memory Card with Adaptor
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Pros: comes with adapter
inexpensive
decent speed

Cons: currently, none

Other Thoughts: Bought this for use with a camera or raspberry pi 3

Using the pi 3 with 1.2 GHz ARM processor

Random read: around 2.5 MB/s, 624 iops
fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --iodepth=64 --size=1G --readwrite=randread

Random 4k write: ...not good... like hundreds of kbps- to be expected, though
fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --iodepth=64 --size=1G --readwrite=randread

Seq write: max of around 7 MB/s

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TP-LINK NC200 Motion Detection Built-in Microphone Wireless Cloud IP Camera
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4 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive, yet fully featured... but definitely not perfect 03/16/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK NC200 Motion Detection Built-in Microphone Wireless Cloud IP Camera

Pros: -Motion detection

-Fully featured for being so inexpensive

-Configurable display – add timestamps, frames per second to the camera picture viewer

-Web interface is well done – settings are laid out well and easy to find.

-TP link product page website offers an emulator of the device – pretty cool!

-Was able to set the device up without using the app – you just need to know the IP of the camera and visit it in a browser

-Auto brightness adjustment works pretty well

-Stand is well designed: can hang it on the wall, remove it, and adjust it for many different positions

Cons: -Resolution and FPS are low

-Only works in the day – the Day/Night version is only $10 more…

-As many others have pointed out- the microphone on this is almost useless… with no sound in the room it sounds like a kid is riding around on a bicycle with a baseball card in their wheel

-Couldn’t get the desktop app to see the camera on Windows 10 – I ended up using the plugin

-As with basically every app these days, the app for this camera requires access to: Device and App history (browsing history and which apps are running), Identity (of the accounts on your phone), Photos/Media/files, Microphone (no idea why the app needs access to this- you can’t talk through the camera), Device ID and Call information

Other Thoughts: -I’ve reviewed a Trendnet V-IP751WIC Day/Night camera with the same resolution. This camera is less grainy and seems to have clearer pictures

-Your options for using this camera are: phone app, browser plugin, desktop software

-This is good for a cheap, home-use application but I could not recommend to a real company for the purposes of security

-TP Link’s TL-NC250 Megapixel camera is about $100 – a far cry from this device’s price point

-Updating the firmware is ambiguously called “Upgrade” and looking on their website, you have to conditionally install the correct version of firmware depending what the device came with?!

-Came with settings set to Medium quality and not the highest FPS – to save smartphone data?!

-Device automatically found the date and time

-It logs the date, time, module and level of activity that happens. For instance, it logs when and what settings are changed.

-Look at all the networking protocols that this device supports – I don’t know why it needs it’s very own plugin to work in a web browser. HTML5 is not officially supported, but I hope TP Link creates an interface that does not require plugins or to use your phone

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