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Seagate STCT4000100 4TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Outstanding NAS with Great Features for the Price 09/02/2014

This review is from: Seagate STCT4000100 4TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage

Pros: Amazing price, great storage options, extremely fast read/write speeds, setup was almost too easy, exceptionally detailed monitoring, secure cloud access options included, neat app system to do more than just store files, works with Windows domains, out of the box drive mirroring, user/group share access control built in, virtually silent (would work great on a desk or in a closet), very high-end drives ship standard (Seagate Constellation ST2000NV000 in my model)

Cons: Low power CPU, somewhat closed OS, drives ship mirrored (2TB usable storage out of the box, not a con for me, but will be for some), only a single Gigabit Ethernet port (a second with LAN teaming would have been nice)

Other Thoughts: This NAS is a great plug-and-play option for someone looking for cheap, reliable, easy-to-manage storage for the home or office. Seagate uses their Constellation drives in this NAS, which have been proven for decades as a go-to choice for data storage (my company uses them exclusively in our network SAN's). Throughput to and from this SAN over Gigabit Ethernet averaged around 500MBps, which is great. The CPU seemed to be stressed during large file transfers, so that may have bottle necked things slightly. The NAS is advertised as 4TB, and it does ship with 2 2TB Seagate ST2000NV000 drives, however they ship in a mirrored array. You can delete that array and stripe them, but I like having the redundancy built in as I will use this NAS primarily for daily and weekly backups from my various machines. The Apps that are available are somewhat limited, but I can see that system being extremely useful. I wouldn't recommend this as a media server, just doesn't have the power or features to transcode on its own, but as file storage this NAS is phenomenal. Very difficult to find a better option, at this price point especially, that does half of what this Seagate does even half as well. The NAS OS4 interface is clean, and easy to use. Setup took less than a minute, and creating shares and attaching them to machines was a breeze. I really can't recommend this NAS enough, if you're looking for affordable, high-performance storage that will last a long time - look no further. Seagate really nailed it with this line of products.

NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Best value for WiFi extenders out there, buy this 08/29/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition

Pros: Insanely easy setup, especially with WPS, incredible range, extremely small footprint, wired ethernet built in for devices that require it

Cons: It needs a power outlet.

Other Thoughts: This little thing is a miracle worker, for the money. I had it up and running in under 2 minutes. Wireless signal went from 1-5MBps to 65MBps+ and Excellent quality on all devices connected to the new network. The range of this thing is ridiculous, 10MBps+ 1/2 acre away from the device, can't even see the original network at that distance. This thing is amazing, if you need an extender buy this - I purchased from a competitor as it was cheaper at the time, but NewEgg has now matched their price. This is no better extender on the market. Look no further, this is the one.

D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small profile, built in Wireless N, 30 fps recording, decent software bundle, somewhat easy setup (when it works), option to wire the camera with ethernet, very low power consumption, wall mounting kit included, pretty long power cable, very low price (at least he sale price), average night vision (useful to 10 feet, no more, indoor only, very low FPS)

Cons: Included software doesn't do enough, IR vision is weak (at best), field of view is extremely narrow, sensor is extremely susceptible to light changes (triggers motion with most software), camera occasionally shuts itself down or stops transmitting, IR is useless behind glass, built in microphone is extremely low end, WPS setup does not work, default web interface is clunky (at best), defaults IP to 192.168.0.* regardless of what DHCP sets the camera to (can force resets if setting static IP's)

Other Thoughts: I had very high hopes for this little camera, but I found the bundled software to be extremely lacking. I ended up pairing the camera with iSpy (great open-source, free software that's fully compatible with this camera, and thousands of others) and found that the sensor on this camera is extremely flaky and often picks up subtle light level changes as full scene changes and that triggers alerts and motion detection within the iSpy. The WPS function didn't work at all with my top of the line NetGear router. The "wizard" config is nice, but there's no way to set a static IP without logging into the device and then it defaults to a subnet very few people are on which can cause all sorts of problems. I've found the camera will stop transmitting or shut down when it goes from night to day mode (even with IR disabled). I find myself having the restart it multiple times per week. This camera is not good for outdoor use, at all - even from inside. The field of view is extremely narrow and the sensor is really made for indoor use. Sticking a couple of these around the house to watch things indoors is great, but beyond that this is an extremely limited use camera and the software provided by DLink is extremely lacking.


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Display Name: Lance W.

Date Joined: 04/20/02

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  • Last Review: 09/02/14
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