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EnGenius ECB350 N300 High Power (29 dBm) Wireless Gigabit Access Point/CB/WDS/Repeater with Network Management Software
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Pros: Having had good luck with the EnGenius ens202 and ens200, I tried the ecb350 and was not disappointed. This transmits at 29 dBm, compared to 26 for the other models, and it did seem to have a little more range than the already impressive other units. The ens202 and ens200 are mounted outdoors on rooftops, and the ecb350 matched their range even though sitting indoors on a table. Any of these three units will transmit hundreds of feet through open air, and, from reading other reviews, seem to penetrate multiple walls as well.

Though I didn't use it, it's nice to have the option of using PoE to supply power – handy if you want to stick it up in an attic.

Cons: Yeah, the interface should remind you to "apply" the changes you've made – it's easy to overlook or forget. They probably get a lot of tech-support calls over this.

Other Thoughts: Having already invested considerable time learning to configure the other EnGenius units, I was happy to find the same interface used on the ecb350. If this is your first EnGenius product, and if you're not an IT professional, be prepared for some head scratching. It's all logically laid out, but, as others have noted, there's no handholding. I'm still not sure of the difference between some of the six different operational modes, but repeater mode is working as expected.

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Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Read and write speeds agree with the listed specs (9MBps, and <85MBps), and I've had no problem using it in either my laptop or phone. Other reviews state the card is too slow for full hd video, but I was able to record with no problem (perhaps my phone was buffering with internal memory). Bursts of still photos also seemed to execute with no lag. Inexpensive memory with a lifetime warranty.

Cons: As others have noted, faster memory can be had for not much more money, so it depends upon your needs.

Other Thoughts: Longevity is of course a major question when it comes to solid-state memory; if the card is still working in two years (and if I could add stars after the fact), it would get a fifth star.

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TP-LINK TL-NC220 Wireless Day / Night Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion & Sound Detection 300 Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion
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Pros: Low-priced day/night camera with decent image quality and frame rate. Most everything functions, more or less – sound and motion sensors, email alerts, night vision, cloud viewing. (Having read multiple complaints about its wireless performance, I didn't even attempt to use it wireless). The sensors, along with email alerting, are highly configurable, and could be very useful, if they could perform reliably.

Cons: If you're not well versed in camera and network technology, you will probably spend hours getting this to work properly. For that reason alone, I can't recommend this camera to anyone else. Time is money, so despite the low price of entry, you'll end up “paying” a lot for this camera. I wish TP-Link could understand that the highest quality hardware in the world is of no use if coupled with a buggy, hard-to-use interface. To whit:

There are three (!) separate logins for this camera, each with its own username and password. One for the cloud, one for the physical device, and one for the Camera Control software. Hey TP-Link, how about one unified login? To make matters worse, TP-Link consistently writes their software in such a way that Firefox is unable to save usernames and passwords (this is true of all their routers as well), so you get to manually enter this stuff every time. Chrome is able to save passwords, but this camera is otherwise incompatible with Chrome – it won't display video at all.

I'm currently unable to access the camera at all -- again. I originally thought this was due to some problem with my network, but after reading other reviews see that the problem is common. Reliability is sketchy, glitchy, or quirky – take your pick. This is not a quality you seek in a security camera – not for any use imaginable. ...Camera Control can't see camera, camera isn't assigned an IP address, Camera Control crashes, and so on. Log onto cloud in order to discover camera IP address, enter that address in another window to log onto the physical camera control panel, only to see that the camera is listed as "disconnected." And so on.

Other Thoughts: If you're an IT or security specialist, you're probably going to want better hardware than this to begin with (though the price is right...). If you're a non-technical user, you could probably find better use of your time then trying to navigate through the convoluted and buggy controls that come with this camera.

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Date Joined: 09/05/03

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  • First Review: 01/20/09
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