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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.

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.

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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