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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.

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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?

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iStarUSA BPU-126-SA 1 x 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fits like a glove in a 5.25 space, comes with cables -- just one sweet cage

Cons: umm.. the looks? Styling resembles the industrial iStarUSA server cases with cheap-o looking reflective stickers.

Other Thoughts: Super awesome gadget for your server needs. So many uses, so little time! I put that in my "Frankenstein" server using a iStarUSA server case and a supermicro mobo and it's a winning combo. All drives, detected, all drives running without any issues. Big kudos to the mfg for including the SATA cables.

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Piotr F.'s Profile

Display Name: Piotr F.

Date Joined: 04/26/03

  • Reviews: 33
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 11/07/09
  • Last Review: 04/19/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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