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TRENDnet TV-IP310PI (v1.0R) 10/100 Mbps PoE Rort Outdoor 3 MP HD Bullet Day/Night IP Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs TRENDnet TV-IP310PI (v1.0R) 10/100 Mbps PoE Rort Outdoor 3 MP Camera 11/21/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TV-IP310PI (v1.0R) 10/100 Mbps PoE Rort Outdoor 3 MP HD Bullet Day/Night IP Camera

Pros: Just from looking at the photos of this unit on NewEgg's Website, this item looks much longer than it actually is (which is good) and I'll tell you that this unit is sturdily built and heavy. Like most items I've tested for TrendNet in the past this one too is well built, but it still has it's shortcomings. TrendNet has provided all the screws and connectors you'll need for ALMOST any type of installation whether it be wood or drywall. Thanks TrendNet.

As in MOST Hardware products made today this one also has FREE Android and Apple APPS that you can get for this product. Which is nice, although I didn't get to try them as my Andriod Tablet was stolen from me recently. Darn it...

Cons: Ok, straight out of the box, this unit requires a PoE Capable Router to work. If your Router does not support PoE than you'll need an External Power Supply (which is NOT provided). The base for this unit is NOT Waterproof (at lease in my opinion). I would recommend that anyone contemplating putting this unit outside their home/business either put it under an awning or a porch roof to help keep it dry. Plus I would fill in the base unit with silicone sealant to make it waterproof. At least this will help, and it's better to be safe than sorry.

Another problem point is the External Power and the RJ-45 Connector points. Now the Power Connector does come with a silicone plug to seal the Power Connector IF it is not used (which is good). The problem is that IF you do use an External Power Supply then you'll have to come up with SOME TYPE of sealing system to prevent water from shorting out the system. You'll also need some type of Sealing to seal the RJ-45 Connector as well. While I would NOT recommend sealing either connector with silicone where the plugs meet (unless this is a permanent installation), there are other alternatives out there. One method I can think of, is to use the old Army idea of using a rubber and open both ends and pull them over the connector and then seal the ends with silicone and cable ties. This should work just fine.

The picture quality is fairly good PROVIDED you have some type of light nearby. Getting the camera to work properly is going to take some time fiddling with the settings and is much easier if 2 people do it while talking over a phone OR a radio. This way you can give directions to the person at the camera end to make adjustments while you view the picture on your end. Using a 3 Megapixel resolution camera at 4 mm and F1.2 you're NOT going to get a great picture at ANY far distances, but for general closeups it should do just fine. And while the Specs say that the Night Vision is good up to 100 Feet (30 meters), I wouldn't count on it. While it does come with a Built-In sun visor it could have been detachable AND MUCH longer than it is.

This particular camera would be better suited for use as a “Point Of Entry” type of camera where you would use it at a door or entrance.


1. NO EXTERNAL Power Supply provided. This was a HUGE MISTAKE on your part. NOT EVERYONE has a PoE capable router. Thankfully, I did. And since Radio Shack has closed MANY of their stores it'll make finding a suitable Power Supply much harder to find. Like I said, HUGE MISTAKE! OOPS, it seems that TrendNet does sell an optional Power Supply for this unit. Sorry about that TrendNet. My bad...
2. NO ZOOM feature. Really? That's going to hurt...
3. SHORT Focal Length (F 1.2). Are you serious?
4. NO AUDIO features. Another HUGE mistake.
5. Mounting Plate is NOT WATERPROOF.


Other Thoughts: CONS (CONTINUED)

6. Buggy Software. In particular, the WatchDog Program. I couldn't get this software to run properly no matter what I did (in case you're wondering I have Win 10 64bit). It crashed on me numerous times and forced me to re-boot the PC. I did find that doing a CLEAN INSTALL seemed to work better than just a Re-Install, but I still had problems. Why, I have no idea.
7. BOTH CONNECTORS (the RJ-45 AND the Power Connector are TOO CLOSE to the base.) It would have been better IF BOTH Connectors were longer making it possible to run them through a wall (or door) and then connect on the other side. As it stands, the unit would have to be connected BEFORE the wall was completed OR opened up and then connected inside the wall and then having the wall built up around it. NOT real smart.

I think that this unit COULD have been a MUCH better product IF the designers had REALLY given it some thought BEFORE they designed it. A good place to have started would have been to go to a Home Building Site and talk to the Contractors and ask them WHAT they (or the customers) would want in a Home (or Business) Security Camera system such as this. I think they would find all the answers they would need BEFORE they even began their designs.


Would I purchase this camera for myself? Honestly? NO. While it IS fairly well built, there are still shortcomings with it and at this price I believe there are better options out there.

Would I recommend this camera to others to purchase? Again NO, for the same reason.

TrendNet, you guys did a fairly decent job on this unit, BUT if you fix the shortcomings it'll be better than it is now. Sorry but, better luck next time...

TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs TP-Link AC1750 Cable/Modem Router 10/20/2015

This review is from: TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router

Pros: Before I begin my review on this product, let me set the record straight on something. NewEgg DOES NOT PAY their Eggxpert Reviewers ANY MONEY for a review (GOOD OR BAD - ON ANY PRODUCT)!!! When they 1st asked me to become a reviewer, they told me that I could post ANY TYPE of review that I wanted to, either GOOD OR BAD! The only thing that they asked me to do was to be honest in my review, which I try to be. Now that this is finished, let's start…

I liked the look of this unit. It comes in shiny black and is very tall and slender and has a base attached. About the only thing I didn't like was the fact that it would be hard to mount on a wall or the side of a desk if someone wanted to do so. Another thing I wasn't crazy about was the face that it doesn't have ANY external antennas.

As far as the things I did like about this Cable Modem. They are as follows.

1. It supports both G/N/and AC formats BUT in BOTH the 5 GHz AND the 2.4GHz range.
2. It has 2 USB Ports.
3. It does have 6 internal antennas.

Once you got to the setup page (on your browser) and you enter the User Name and the Password you are taken to the Setup Page where you will find 4 SETTING TABS at the top of the screen. They are BASIC, ADVANCED, LOG OUT, and REBOOT.

So HOW well did this unit preform? To be honest, I would say about the same as my OLD VERIZON Cable Modem Router did (at lease in the G and N Ranges). I think about the ONLY place that (I THINK) it would out-preform my OLD Cable Modem is in the Wireless Range since it supports both G/N/and AC formats BUT in BOTH the 5 GHz AND the 2.4GHz ranges as well. My OLD Cable Modem only supports G and N Formats so it had a HUGE disadvantage right off the bat. Now the only problem then becomes is does your hardware offer AC Support? If it does than you're all set, if not, than your outta luck… Just something to keep in mind...

Cons: The 1st thing I did was to unhooked my Verizon Cable Modem and hook this unit up and let it try to acquire a signal which it didn't. I then contacted Verizon to see if they could help me get this unit working. The 1st person I talked to (a woman) tried repeatedly to disconnect the original modem and to re-acquire this unit all of which failed. I then asked for a 2nd level tech to see if they could help with this problem.

When they switched me over to the 2nd level tech (a guy – name unknown) and I told him that I was switching over to MY NEW Cable Modem instead of theirs the very 1st thing he did was to basically read me the RIOT ACT saying that he MUST INFORM me that VERIZON DOES NOT SUPPORT 3rd party Cable Modems. I then told him that I understood this, and that ALL I wanted was to know was WHAT to change the settings over to so my Cable Modem would work. He then told me to HOLD ON for a moment (which I gladly did) and the NEXT thing I knew was that he had transferred me over to another (COMPLETE NEW COMPANY) which then demanded that I pay them $19.95 for a 3-Month support plan that would enable me to setup AND USE use my new Cable Modem in my house. This I refused to do.

I have been a dedicated user of their services for OVER 10 years now. But no more. To say that I am NOT PLEASED with the rude treatment that I got from VERIZON would be a VAST UNDERSTATEMENT. Plus NewEgg won't allow me to use the filthy language that I would REALLY LIKE to use about the treatment I got from VERIZON. This IS AND WAS the worst treatment I have EVER RECEIVED from ANY company in my life and I am 63 years old. Now when you consider the fact that I have 9 cable boxes, plus 2 phone lines (both dedicated land lines), as well as 6 cell phones (that VERIZON provides ALL services for) in my house you can bet that they will start to care WHEN I switch over to a BRAND NEW SERVICE PROVIDER… YES, I am NOT a happy camper!!! Goodbye Verizon…

Anyway, needless to say I finally got the NEW Cable Modem Router working (Finally - AND all without Verizon's KIND and FRIENDLY help).

Here are some of the things that I didn't like about this unit.

1. NO EXTERNAL antennas.
3. NO DD-WRT Support.
4. NO wall mount (or desk mount) support.
5. NO USB 3.0 support.

Other Thoughts: As I said before, the options you are given (depending on whether or not you choose the BASIC or ADVANCED SETTINGS are limited. Under the BASIC SETTINGS you have ONLY 6 different options. And they are:


Now if you choose the ADVANCED SETTINGS, you have 10 different options. REALLY??? They are just a LITTLE MORE comprehensive and are as follows:


Like I said before, depending on which option you choose from, you will be given a VERY SHORT LIST of other (MORE POWERFUL – BUT STILL FAIRLY LIMITED) options to choose from. For example, if you want to Turn On UPNP ENABLE feature, you will find that under ADVANCED SETTINGS – NAT FORWARDING – OPTIONS. There you will find a Check Box to Enable/Disable it. Pretty much straightforward. The Basic Settings are even more limited in their features...

While these are many users out there who will want to get rid of their OLD Cable Modem Router boxes (that they got from their Cable Companies) to help reduce their monthly bills and hopefully get NEWER and MORE POWERFUL FEATURES, this Cable Modem Router does NOT fit that bill. While it does have some nice features, it still lacks in many others. Perhaps if it had supported DD-WRT then it would reclaim (or even gain) more powerful features than it has. The problem is, that until it does we'll never know.

Final Thoughts…

Would I purchase this item for myself? NO, and the reason is that there are more powerful Cable Modems out there that would suit me better than this.

Would I recommend this item for my customers to purchase? NO, for the same reasons.

Sorry TP-Link but it's back to the drawing board for you all...

ORICO 6628US3-C-BK USB 3.0 SATA HDD Dual Bay Docking External Enclosure with Clone Function for 2.5” and 3.5” Hard Drive or SSD (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Before I begin my review on this product, let me set the record straight on something. NewEgg DOES NOT PAY their Eggxpert Reviewers ANY MONEY for a review (GOOD OR BAD - ON ANY PRODUCT)!!! When they 1st asked me to become a reviewer, they told me that I could post ANY TYPE of review that I wanted to, either GOOD OR BAD! The only thing that they asked me to do was to be honest in my review, which I try to be. Now that this is finished, let's start…

I absolutely love this thing. About the only thing I can say bad about it is that I didn't get the 3-Bay version. If I had, I would could have Cloned and/or Copied almost any HD from one unit to others and to top this off it would have only been about $10.00 extra. What can I say, Dummy Me…

In order to use the Clone Function you just have to follow these 10 steps.

1. TURN OFF the System.
2. Unplug the USB Cable (WITH THE POWER STILL OFF).
3. Move the 2-Position slider-switch on the back from PC to CLONE.
4. Insert the 2 HD's (Make sure the HD to be copied is in the HDD #1 Slot (MASTER) and the other HD is in the HDD Slot #2 TARGET).
5. Turn ON the unit (Make sure to wait about 1 Minute for the HD's to warm up to speed).
6. PRESS AND HOLD the COPY BUTTON on the back for about 5 seconds until the unit BEEPS, then release the COPY BUTTON. This BEEP signals that the CLONING PROCESS has started.
7. When the unit BEEPS again, the Cloning Process is complete.
8. TURN OFF the unit.
9. Move the 2-Position slider-switch from CLONE to PC.
10. Plug in the USB Cable.

The unit is NOW back in it's NORMAL MODE. There a couple of things to make note of. They are:

2. IF the TARGET HD is LARGER then the MASTER HD, you can then use the COMPUTER MANAGEMENT UTILITY to increase (or EXTEND) the size of the Partition of the TARGET HD to it's FULL SIZE.

I'll give you an example of how long it takes for an HD to be Cloned.

I have an HP495 MediaSmart Server that I have used for about 3-4 years now. I have found that whenever the SYSTEM Disk goes bad that it is much easier just to use a CLONED copy of the SYSTEM Disk that I have burned unto a 128GB SSD that I keep. I do this ONLY because HP's Recover CD has kicked out with more failures than I can count. If it worked correctly, I would probably use the Recovery CD.

I use this same SYSTEM Disk on a 128GB SSD (which I keep as a MASTER) and then CLONE that unto a 2TB HD in about 10 Minutes. Now (for you) depending on the size of the MASTER and the TARGET HD's you're trying to CLONE, this could take longer OR shorter. Just for your knowledge...

Cons: None that I can think of. Not a one…

Whoops, I'm wrong… Some type of a cover to keep the dust and dirt out would make a nice addition...

Other Thoughts: Hey ORICO, you guys did a GREAT JOB on this unit and you should be proud of it.

If I were to change anything on it, I might move the Drive Activity Lights to the Front of the unit instead of on the top. Also some type of cover would be a nice addition.

One other thing I would like to see is a 4-Bay Unit… How about it OR is this just wishful thinking...


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