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Tely Labs 11-TelyHD-01-01 Skype HD Video Calling Device
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Decent Skype TV Cam, But Veryu Dependent on Internet Bandwidth 12/03/2014

This review is from: Tely Labs 11-TelyHD-01-01 Skype HD Video Calling Device

Pros: * Easy configuration
* Ease of use via carousel UI design setup
* Integrated design for use on top of LCD or Plasma TV
* Web browser feature included
* Autoanswer feature available via Skype Privacy settings
* Can import photos to be shown on screen

Cons: * Limited Skype functionality -- still required Skype desktop for contact management, etc
* Does not save Skype Online Status, so when device is restarted, it goes to default (Online)
* Very sensitive to network bandwidth availability and does not seem to be able to support lower bandwidths very well (both video and audio become choppy and even freezes)
* No remote management support, even though this feature was promised "in a year from now", and I had asked two years ago

Other Thoughts: Purchased the TelyHD Base Edition to replace my Logitech Skype TV Cam, which died after 1.5 years of service and Logitech no longer sells and supports the Skype TV Cam. I was able to do Skype HD video conferencing with my 88-year old mother using the Skype TV Cam. However, the TelyHD unit immediately started to pixel-ate and audio became choppy when I replaced the Logitech unit. I made sure the TelyHD was running the latest firmware and all other network settings were the same as before. Had to increase the Internet service to a higher bandwidth tier at the remote end (where the unit was installed) to properly support Skype HD video. Logitech unit did not have this same issue, and I Skyped at least 3 times a week with my Mom.

The other weirdness with the TelyHD was its configuration setup. You can set a wallpaper, but it is not used in a Skype window, just the main carousel menu level. Skype Online Status resets itself to default upon restart. There is no way to turn off features you do not want to use (like web browser), which may be necessary for remote installations.

In my opinion, the Logitech Skype TV Cam was better in core functionality than the TelyHD Base Edition, but the TelyHD has additional features not available in the Logitech unit. Since TelyHD is the only standalone Skype TV unit available, you will have to work with its quirks and limitations.

I think next time I need a Skype TV Cam or TelyHD-like unit, I would first explore using a Windows 8 touchscreen all-in-one PC in kiosk mode running only Skype. At least I can remote manage the unit for my Mom and even have solitaire card game available to play on the touchscreen :-)

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Steren BL-215-306BK Steren 6' black rg6 quad shield coaxial cable assembly
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works Fine for Patch Cable 11/24/2014

This review is from: Steren BL-215-306BK Steren 6' black rg6 quad shield coaxial cable assembly

Pros: * Quality construction
* Still has some flexibility despite being RG-6 quad-shielded

Cons: * Connectors are not brass
* Misspellings on the packaging

Other Thoughts: Used this cable to replace the existing "cheap" cables from the CATV surge protector. Used for both Comcast HD DVR and Motorola SB6121 cable modem surge protection setup.

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MOTOROLA SB6121 SURFboard Cable Modem Up To 172 Mbps Down and 131 Mbps Up RJ-45,  Gigabit Ethernet DOCSIS 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1, Euro-DOCSIS 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * Very simple cable modem with decent web access (on LAN side) to check the configuration.
*Front panel light indicators, once you understand the symbols, helps with troubleshooting.

Cons: * Cannot upgrade the firmware ... this is supposed to be handled by the ISP (Comcast)
* Use short quad-shielded RG-6 to ensure proper connectivity. Seems to be sensitive to type of coaxial cable used for WAN connection.

Other Thoughts: This is my second SB6121 in 2.5 years. My first one was for Time Warner Cable as my ISP, and it worked flawlessly. I gave that to a work colleague, and then I moved into Comcast country, so I purchased the same SB6121. Worked fine with the Cisco RV110W firewall.

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Display Name: George F.

Date Joined: 05/02/02

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  • First Review: 08/10/13
  • Last Review: 12/03/14
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