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EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
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3 out of 5 eggs Easy to use Wifi Camera but limited in functionality. Proprietary Phone App is required to use. 09/03/2016

This review is from: EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)

Pros: - Fairly simple setup.
- Low cost wifi camera.
- Video quality was decent. Colors were a little saturated, but it was fine.
- Wide angle. Even if only 115 or 130 degrees, it does get a decent wide angle view.
- Nice cloud options to store your video and free 12-month subscription.
- Does accept an SD card for local recordings.
- Motion sensing was pretty accurate.
- Surprisingly good WiFi connection range. Camera was placed at the farthest end of my house and it was still able to send a steady stream of uninterrupted video.

Cons: - Proprietary software app. You must download the EZVIZ app, create an account to use this or even view the video. This is not a real IP camera where you can just access it through the network.
- App is pretty limited in what you can do and customize.
- Unit gets pretty warm when in operation.
- Unit only connects to 2.4Ghz signals. In a busy city with lots of other signals, it may not perform as well.
- Does not double as a USB camera or webcam. The USB cable is simply to power the device.

Other Thoughts: - Has some options to turn off front lights.
- The item description says 130 degree view, but the box says 115. I am not sure which one it is.
- Did not experience any connection problems as a lot of others have stated.
- Used an iPhone 6 to use the app.

Honestly, this seems like a quick fix wifi camera. The use of the proprietary app is a big turn off for me. I am forced to create an account, and I am forced to use their app. Can't view the video stream from web browser and you can't use it as a standard webcam.

Limited documentation. The quick start guide is minimal, there are 6 pages and then it just switches to the next language.

This is not a bad wifi camera, but it just seems very limited and specific in its use. 3.5 stars is the rating I would give it, if i could.

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TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Range Extender, GIgaport is necessary and has decent range 08/02/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: - Great design and look, I love the way the antennas fold out and slide up.
- LED light indicators pleasant
- LED on/off button is a nice touch
- Ethernet Gigabit port, this should be the standard. Wireless speeds can easily surpass 100Mbits Fast Ethernet now.
- The intelligent signal indicator is really a nice touch.
- Compact design near the 2-prong plug doesn't crowd the bottom wall AC port. But if will crowd and take ports on the sides.
- Decent range for my house, beats out my old TP-Link N300 range extender by a large margin.

Cons: - WPS is insecure, they really should just throw the feature out.

Other Thoughts: - Can't act as standalone AP device. Product not really advertised that way, but a feature like that would've been really nice.

- The tether app is nice for configuring extender, but I personally prefer using the web browser to access the admin pages.

- Not sure what other reviews are talking about but you're able change the SSID for the extended network. You don't have to keep the same SSID as your host network.

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Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH1000101 Gold
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Pros: - Small, very portable. Light weight, low profile.
- Sleek design. LED doesn't seem too intrusive.
- USB 3.0 (Consistent transfer speeds ~115MB/s+)
- Works with Mac time-machine.
- Fairly quiet.
- The case does help in heat transfer from the hard drive because of the slim design.

Cons: - USB cable provided is a little short for me.
- Hasn't failed on me yet, time will tell.
- I wish more support for the cable around the USB 3.0 port was provided.

Other Thoughts: - Not sure how I feel about the GB/$ ratio. The 2TB version of this same drive is a little better.

- I have the drive hooked up to a QNAP NAS device serving as an additional network drive. I don't move it around too much.

- Android 3.0+ support is listed, I don't have an Android device to test.

- A 2-year limited warranty. Not terrible, at least it isn't 1-year, but it would've been nice if Seagate could match Western Digital's 3-year warranty.

- The 200GB of OneDrive storage is nice, but I personally wouldn't use it.

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