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TP-LINK TL-NC230 HD Wireless Day / Night Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion & Sound Detection 150Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion
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3 out of 5 eggs Limitations and software mar an otherwise good camera 06/17/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-NC230 HD Wireless Day / Night Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion & Sound Detection 150Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion

Pros: Initially when I got the camera, I was expecting the set up to be a bit more complicated, however it wasn't. It's
very easy to set up. I connected the camera hard-wired to my router, and got the app for my Android phone and the
set up was pretty quick.

The mounting mechanism is simple but effective. A basic ball joint that tightens as you screw it fixing the camera
into position. It's simple, but it works and the camera hasn't budged in the almost month I had it on my wall.
Speaking of mounting, the included adhesive is very strong and has held on strong to my painted wall surface.

Video quality is decent. The day camera is pretty average with some artifacting when viewing on the site or in the
apps (for both Windows and Mobile Devices). The night-vision is actually very impressive to me. I haven't used
night-vision equipment before, and I tested this camera in my living room at night with all the lights off, I
couldn't see a thing, went to my bed room and checked out the app on my phone and the room was very visible, all
black and white, but very visible.

The mobile app is very straight-forward and simple to use. As is accessing the camera through the website, it's
a very simple log in process and you can see your camera from the internet on any computer. Also available for
Windows is TP-Link Camera Control, which allows you to schedule recordings on certain days and times to save on
your computer. Bear in mind your computer has to be on, but this is useful for me as I set up the software on
my home server and while basic(only allows recording times, no motion detect), does the job.

Cons: I loathe the idea that anything requires a smart-phone to set up, it just seems to limit the entire product. TP-Link
does offer the software "TP-Link Camera Control" that is installable on Windows, however that is only useful after
initial set-up. I understand that it's 2016 and someone who is going to buy this more than likely has a smartphone,
however it's nice to have options to set up the device.

In terms of options the camera is again very limited. I use an Open Source security software called iSpyConnect which
I have installed on my home-server, it allows me to connect almost any standard camera as long as I have the IP
address for it. I tried for weeks to get this TP-Link camera to work with it and just gave up. I ended up getting
Camera Control software from TP-Link, which is unfortunately a bit more limited than the software I was using.

Another unfortunate issue is that I can't get the app on my mobile devices to stream footage when I'm away from my
home network. I get a connection failure on 4G-LTE or on the wireless network at my office. While the footage is still
viewable from the website, it's unfortunate that the android app is really only useful for initial setup and to view
the camera when you're on your home network.

Other Thoughts: I really wish that their was a way to set this up as a standard IP-Camera. While the TP-Link software and app
are straightforward and easy to use, they are quite limited compared to other software available. This camera
has very good hardware, very easy to set up and a generous amount of cable to help with camera placement, but
being forced to use TP-Link's software is disappointing.

More disappointing is that, at least for me, the phone app was unresponsive when used outside my home network.
On the plus side, viewing the camera from TP-Links website is working very well in or outside the home.

So, I have mixed feelings about this camera. If you want a camera that doesn't require proprietary software to
work and can seamlessly integrate into an existing security system, you want to skip this camera. However, if you
want an easy to set-up home security camera that has simple but good Windows software (a little tough to find on the
site) and has nice night vision ability, this is a decent camera (tho, the mobile app seems to be hit or miss).

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TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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5 out of 5 eggs Very Nice Wireless AC Dongle. 04/29/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: It's tiny, really tiny and easy to hide on an older laptop. I downloaded the Drivers from their site and was ready to go. Connected quick to my Wireless AC router and has been working very reliably for the few weeks I've been using it. I get a signal all around my home and streaming video from my home-server to my laptop with this dongle, proved to be almost as smooth as over wired with 1080p video.

Even transferring my Steam games from my desktop to my laptop was nice and quick wirelessly with this dongle.

The best part is how this just disappears when put on a laptop. Yes you get a little "bump" sticking out still(it's not perfectly flush, of course) but it's MUCH better than my other wireless dongles, and on top of that it supports Wireless AC, which I've been spoiled with since getting a router, and was happy to finally see a nano-dongle capable of supporting Wireless AC.

Cons: Windows 10 didn't automatically have drivers, I downloaded the latest drivers from the site and it was up and running quick. My other Wireless dongles all automatically worked in Win10, so this not being automatically picked up, can be considered a con. It's also really easy to lose if you don't have it plugged in all the time. I have a 32GB USB drive about this size, and have lost it many times. However, considering that this is a wireless dongle really meant to stay in the computer, not the biggest issue.

Other Thoughts: Not so much a con, but be aware that their are FASTER wireless AC dongles available. This one just so happens to offer a Goldilocks-type situation of being Tiny, Fast and inexpensive, made by a brand, I've had a good history with. Recommended if you need a small AC dongle.

A little request to TP-Link, if you can make a version of this adapter that also had bluetooth along with Wireless AC, I'd be the happiest person in the universe.

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CORSAIR RMx Series RM1000X 1000W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply SLI and Crossfire Ready
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Pros: Tons of power from this powersupply I ran it in many of my machines in the month of testing it and it worked flawlesslly in each one. This PSU was frankly overkill for my i3 4160 + GTX950, but ran that hardware well, and I don't recall the fan ever turning on. Moved it over to my i5-6500 + R9-290(overclocked to R9-390-spec) and it worked just as flawlessly their. Even with the power-guzzling overclocked R9-290, this PSU remained quiet and provided me with a stable experience. I then moved this PSU to my Core i7 4790k + GTX980-Ti set up and it's performance remained largely the same as my i5 6500 + R9-290, remained quiet and provided a stable experience.

I then moved this to my most power-hungry machine, my old i7-2600k @ 4.8Ghz + (2X) Radeon 7930 in Crossfire (OC'd to 1100mhz/1500mhz) and I finally saw the fan spin when playing GTAV, but it still remained quiet, cool and a nice reliable amount of power.

I really liked the cabling provided, and the fact that Corsair provided a good amount of it. Another thing I appreciate about Corsair's design is the modular cabling, which allowed me to easily test this PSU in my other machines that also use Corsair PSUs (RM850i, RM850x, RM650).

The PSU itself is a big heavy high quality unit, with a very satisfying power switch in the back. I appreciate the Whitish side, which really help with cases that have windows on the side. You can take some translucent colored tape and go over it to match your lighting set-up in your case. Really considerate, and a welcome change of pace from having to work with the Yellow sticker on the RM650.

Cons: This thing is HUGE. I had to remove the bottom intake fan on one of my cases to fit this in. Also, coming from the RM850i i missed being able to keep an eye on the unit's power-usage, and control over the fan. After owning a few Corsair PSU's with a similar fan set up, I'm not concerned that the fan barely spins, but being able to turn it on manually may bring a peace of mind to some. For modern hardware (the New i5/i7 Skylakes, the Maxwell based Geforces (GTX950->a Single GTX980-Ti) and the upcoming AMD Polaris Graphics cards, this 1000watt unit may be over shooting what the hardware's needs are.

Other Thoughts: Very Solid Power-Supply with oodles of power, that runs quietly and Corsair has a history of high-quality units so I'm confident in having this in my system (Kept it in the 4.8Ghz Core-i7 2600k + Dual Radeon 7930). Make sure you have room in your case, as this is a very long unit. Also, while it may be overkill for most system builders, having 1000watts at your disposal really helps ease the mind in case AMD or nVidia decide to put out a power-guzzling GPU again, and you want to get two of them for Crossfire or SLI.

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