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Lenovo TAB 2 A8 8
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Poor value for your dollar 11/03/2015

This review is from: Lenovo TAB 2 A8 8" IPS 1 GB Memory 16 GB Storage Tablet Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Pros: quality display, charger plug located on top instead on the bottom of the screen (you won't believe how logical this actually is)

Cons: Pool quality of build, multiple users feature is blocked by lenovo

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these for my 2 kids thinking I would solve my multiple tablet / OS issue and be able to control what they have access to. No luck. Lenovo does not allow the multiple user feature on this device. Furthermore, one of the 2 i bought at the same time arrived with a display problem out of the box. The rest of the features are meh -- the tablet is rather heavy and it does what other tablets do. The only good thing I can say about it is that the charging port is located on top of the device so you can have it plugged in while you are using it without bending wires or using special right angle usb plugs.

TRENDnet TV-IP572PI HD 1280 x 800 MAX Resolution RJ45 Megapixel Day / Night 2 Way Audio PoE IP Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: PoE.... Good resolution.... PoE.... Decent management options, compatible with open source solutions.... PoE, on board SD card, decent night vision quality.

Cons: Tacky branding on the face of the camera sure to attract attention, Normal viewing angle not designed to accept aftermarket wide angle adapters, no way for automated or bulk collection of recordings from SD cards, h.264 compression is anything but quality.

Other Thoughts: Bought 3 for my office and I love the POE setup - very easy to deploy, access live feed and setup. The built-in management interface offers good options but suffers from some major omissions such as the ability to download stored recordings in bulk remotely. The other gripe I have (and this applies to most of the cameras out there) is that the lens can not accept any aftermarket adapters to broaden the field of view. While most of the time the default viewing angle is ok, mounting them in confined spaces (like a tiny storage room 10 x 6) gives you partial coverage. Finally, as mall gripe -- the branding on the front of the camera is annoying - tacky lettering instead of plain white shell that could blend with white ceilings. One word about the h.264 which I was expecting to give good results with higher resolutions... The onboard compression is sub-par in terms of quality and I ended up using the mpeg4 format for the recordings and even live viewing. And finally the motion recording scheduling -- well, it's not very flexible. If you're looking to allow motion triggered recording your options are: ALWAYS/NEVER, Mon - Sun with only one set of hours for all days (same hours every day) -- overall not very flexible setting.

But hopefully someone from trendnet will read this review and sneak a new set of schedules and the bulk download option into a firmware upgrade...

All that aside, it's a great product for the price - haven't seen one that did the job better for this price, and yes, I would buy one again, but I would buy one at a time to ensure that the lens coverage fits the solution.

ZyXEL 1100 Series GS1100-8HP-240W Unmanaged 8-port Gigabit 240W PoE+ Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Somewhat Disappointed... 01/03/2014

This review is from: ZyXEL 1100 Series GS1100-8HP-240W Unmanaged 8-port Gigabit 240W PoE+ Switch

Pros: Plenty of power for your POE needs, fast..

Cons: Not rack mountable -- not even as an option

Other Thoughts: I am Zyxel fan - all my networking gear is zyxel so when I ventured into a POE IP cameras I naturally looked for zyxel switch to power them. I thought i found the perfect switch -- plenty of power, front mounted ports, built in power supply.. perfect. on the pictures it has even the mounting holes for the mounting brackets exactly like the 16 port gigabit switch or the zywall firewalls...

...except that it doesn't come with mounting brackets, not even as an option. The casing is pre-drilled, but this is a desktop switch. Unless you make your own, you won't be able to adapt any existing brackets.

Contacted zyxel asking about the feasibility to adapt this rack mount option -- the answer I got is that I should have went with a higher model that is rack mountable. Yeah, zyxel products are generally well priced and a bargain compared to other brands but what does it really hurt to add 2 brackets to make this switch rack mountable? Seriously zyxel?


Piotr F.'s Profile

Display Name: Piotr F.

Date Joined: 04/26/03

  • Reviews: 34
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  • First Review: 11/07/09
  • Last Review: 11/03/15
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