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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Good SSD, but a step back from the Trion 100 04/11/2016

This review is from: OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-120G

Pros: - Very inexpensive

- Lots of storage options

- Very good looking design

- Great warranty and support from OCZ

Cons: - Not the fastest SSD

- No mounting hardware included, no height adapter (might be an issue for some laptop users)

- Much slower than the Trion 100 it's replacing

Other Thoughts: I spent a little longer with this SSD because it's a bit of an enigma. I have a Trion 100 240GB as the boot drive in one of my laptops, so I popped the Trion 150 into the 2nd drive bay and expected it to seriously out perform the 100... I was VERY surprised to find the Trion 150 was, on average, 10-15% SLOWER in read/write tests. That said, you'll still see HUGE improvements over a platter drive. The Trion 150 seems like a perfect "upgrade" SSD to a first time buyer looking to not spend what you would on a Samsung EVO but still looking to speed an elderly PC up.

The HUGE advantage of this drive is OCZ's ShieldPlus warranty program. If your SSD ever fails, just send them the serial number and they'll send you out a new drive. It's a really great program and probably one of the best in the industry. So you're getting piece of mind, and saving a lot of money.

Really, the Trion 150 is technically a step back from the 100, but it's also a big step forward for anyone looking to speed up an old PC. It's a great starter SSD, with industry-leading support from OCZ.

Overall, I rated this drive 4/5 eggs - subtracting 1 egg for a lack of performance compared to it's predecessor.

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TP-LINK TL-NC220 N300 Wi-Fi Network Day / Night Cloud Camera (White)
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3 out of 5 eggs Acceptable Entry Level INDOOR Camera 01/21/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-NC220 N300 Wi-Fi Network Day / Night Cloud Camera (White)

Pros: - Good image quality for only being 640x480

- Automatic night vision is a nice feature

- Included power extension cable is very useful

- Initial setup was very easy, web interface is very easy to navigate

- Very strong wifi, worked where other wireless cameras would not

- Wired connection is built in if wireless isn't an option

Cons: - Shipped with a defection AC adapter, see Other section

- Night vision can NOT be disabled at this time

- Using 3rd party apps (ex: iSpy) is hit to miss, see Other section

- No SD/MicroSD slot for local recording

- Only 640x480

- Indoor ONLY, DO NOT use this camera outside!

- No Power Over Ethernet support

Other Thoughts: I received this camera a few weeks ago and upon setting it up the first time there was a VERY loud whine coming from the AC adapter. It was there with or without the extension cable. I opened a ticket with TP-Link support and after a few days they shipped a new AC adapter out to me - their support was very helpful and there were no issues getting the new adapter sent out. With the second adapter in place I can still hear a bit of a whine, but it's no where near as prominent as it was.

I use iSpy on a home server to monitor and record multiple cameras. It took almost 2 full days to FINALLY get this camera working in iSpy. I've read occasionally firmware updates will break the MJPEG video feed URL and you'll have to start the trial and error all over again. You also have to hash your full text admin password through a base64 converter, which is very annoying. For anyone using iSpy or other similar software, this is what ended up working for me:

VLC Plugin, VLC URL http://admin:<base64 hashed password>@X.X.X.X:8080/stream/video/mjpeg where X.X.X.X is your camera's IP address.

Bottom line is the NC220 is a fine camera for INSIDE use for monitoring kids or pets, but as a security camera this falls well short of many other cameras from other manufacturers. The inability to disable the night vision LED's is completely unacceptable, and I really hope TP-Link addresses that as well as the 3rd party application compatibility in future firmware updates. I subtracted 1 egg for each those, 3 out of 5 eggs.

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TP-LINK TL-PA8010P KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1200 Gigabit Pass-through Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1200Mbps
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3 out of 5 eggs Sub-par adapters that never reach their rated potential 10/26/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA8010P KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1200 Gigabit Pass-through Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1200Mbps

Pros: Plug and play setup

Documentation is easy to understand

Grounded pass-through provided on both adapters

Cat5E cables included

Pretty good price compared to other "gigabit+" adapters out there

Cons: These DO NOT play well with other PLA's on a network, my other set of adapters immediately disconnected and then had serious bandwidth issues when used in conjunction with these adapters

"Gigabit" port only showed as 100Mbps, even after swapping out the included Cat5E cables for Cat6

During testing the adapters never went much over 6MB/s on LAN, about the same with WAN speed testing

Latency on LAN was 7-10ms, significantly higher than a normal wired or even wireless connection

Due to the size of these adapters, plugging them in to the bottom outlet makes the top outlet pretty much useless

LED indicators are on the side of the device, making them difficult to see in many situations (including mine)

Other Thoughts: I took a little longer to review these as I ran into so many issues getting them to function even at a fraction of their advertised speed. Granted, very few power line adapters will EVER reach their full potential - these TPLink adapters proved to be spectacularly average.

In my situation they're basically useless, as I'm already running a set of Zyxel PLA's on my network. As soon as I plugged the TP-Link adapters in, the existing adapters lost their connection. They did eventually reconnect, however the quality was terrible. I removed those adapters from the network to continue testing, and saw absolutely no improvement from the TP-Link adapters. I average 3.5Mbps on the Zyxel adapters, so seeing 6Mbps on the TP-Link adapters is an improvement, but obviously nowhere near rated speeds. My phone was built in 2003 and has pretty good wiring.

Maybe my situation isn't ideal for reviewing PLA's, but there's nothing special about my home or it's wiring so I wouldn't expect any different performance here than any other home in the US... PLA's aren't perfect, and these are far from it, but they're certainly not the worst out there.

If wired or wireless isn't an option in your situation, you should certainly consider these adapters, but do not mix/match PLA's on your network and don't expect the speed to blow you away.

3/5 eggs - removed 1 egg for them not playing nice with other PLA's, removed 1 egg for abysmal 'real world' speeds

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