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ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Not quite worth it. Dead after 2 years 10/03/2015

This review is from: ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server

Pros: At the time (about two years) a decent value for a "plain old NAS" ... good enough to use on the internal network as a media share, without having the power hog PC running (gamine computer).

Cons: Not too configurable. Users don't work as expected.
Firmware updates tend to fail and one of the firmware updates fried the unit.

Even trying the forced flash via USB did not work. Lasted about 2 years and generally did what was expected, but two years of light duty is not a great value. I will replace with a barebones build with drive bays and USB 3.0.

Other Thoughts: Web interface is weak. Yes, it is supposed to just be a simple NAS, but ...

NETGEAR WNDR4500-100NAR N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Last JUST past the warranty 09/18/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500-100NAR N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: When it worked, it was nice to have the dual band and USB.

Generally easy to administer.

Cons: USB slow. Connecting a multifunction printer only allows basic printer function. Lasted just over a year and then needed constant rebooting and the 2.4 ghz went out (which meant two of the household laptops could no longer connect.

For this price, severely disappointed.

Other Thoughts: Over all, for the price, not worth it. Did not work well with a Netgear extender either. Next router(s) will NOT be Netgear.

Edimax IC-7110W Cloud Wireless-N IP Camera, 1.3 Mpx Lens, 1280x1024 Resolution, Pan & Tilt, Night Vision, H.264, SD card Slot, Plug-n-View, Free EdiView APP for Smartphone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The attraction of this is the easy setup and cloud access. Unfortunately, it fails in proper execution in this, ultimately frustrating the user more than satisfying. The initial setup worked well (enough), but final use destroyed that good feeling.

Cons: The following initial observations:
1) The cloud/remote access appears to work when you are in the same LAN, but when you are truly remote, it does not work. (E.g. on the iPad, or via any browser, it never connects.).
2) The motion detection is way off. It appears that shadows from outside (e.g. sun in the trees and wind) cause the camera inside to "sense" motion. I have this setup to send an email when motion is detected. Getting 100 emails every morning for nothing is not very useful. The ability to shut this off remotely doesn't exist either (see, among other things, point 1...remote access doesn't work).
3) The camera's resolution is significantly worse than one would expect. Not terrible for the price, but pretty mediocre.
4) the switch over to night vision in automatic mode is rather arbitrary and seems inappropriate.
5) The colors in low light are strange. A web cam does a better job.
6) No easy way to temporarily suspend motion detection from an "app" (e.g. their touted iPad app).

Other Thoughts: All, in all, no worse than many of these that I have played with over the years, but still a disappointment when you expect to get more by paying more. The bang for the buck is marginal.


Stanislav F.'s Profile

Display Name: Stanislav F.

Date Joined: 02/07/09

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/12/12
  • Last Review: 10/03/15
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