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4 out of 5 eggs Great little unit - It saved my bacon this past week... 05/24/2016

This review is from: ORICO 6619US3-BK SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5" and 3.5" HDD, SSD [8TB Support]

Pros: This unit is fairly small and lightweight; small enough to be taken pretty much anywhere you’ll have a need for it. If you’re one of those people who do extensive traveling, then this is the unit for you. At least this way you’ll have access to a spare HD at your own convenience. Plus the rubber feet on the bottom prevent it from moving around so you’ve got that end covered as well.

Here are some other things I like about this unit.

1. It has USB 3.0 which is fast and LESS EXPENSIVE than the Thunderbird System.

Cons: EXTREMELY LARGE Wall Wart Power Supply.

Let’s face the facts here, one of my biggest pet peeves here are Power Supplies (Wall Warts) that take up more than one plug in an AC wall or Power Strip (or even an extension cord) outlet. This unit has to have one of the biggest Power Brick sizes that I’ve seen to date. Why the engineers didn’t go with a standard AC Plug on one end with the actual BRICK adapter in the middle OR a smaller size Brick I’ll never know. The way this is designed doesn’t make much sense as it takes up (and covers) more than one AC plug. This is a bad design flaw. They should have know better…

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

1. The Power Switch (the small round button) is located on the back of the unit. I would have preferred it to be on the front AND/OR the top of the unit where it would be easier to get to.

2. The Power LED is HOT PINK in color (to indicate Power) and EXTREMELY BRIGHT! It then switches over to a Blue Blinking light to signify Data Transfer (which is OK).

3. Personally I would have preferred that the USB Cable were about a foot longer, but that’s nitpicking.

Other Thoughts: I am what some individuals might call a “Power User”. Right now I have 6 PC’s and 2 Servers, plus I am in the process of building a NEW 48TB Server. I use my PC’s for MANY uses. These include both Video and Audio Editing, also Program Design and Development and Testing, and finally for Hardware and Software Testing, Because of this, my needs are far more stringent than what the “AVERAGE USER” might need or want. Both my Hardware and Software have to be more powerful and robust and have more capabilities (features) than what the average user might have a need for. This also means that many times my equipment is also much more expensive than what the average user has (or needs).

One of the little things I like about this unit is that it’s fairly inexpensive and small and light weight. It’s small enough to fit into a suitcase (or even a backpack) to make travel easier so you’ll always have access to a spare HD that you can work with. This is a BIG PLUS, especially in today’s world. It’s compact enough that you’ll never have to leave it anywhere.

WOULD I PURCHASE THIS UNIT FOR MYSELF? NO, probably not, but not because it doesn’t do it’s job. It does it’s job quite admirably. My main problem is that for ANY HD Docking Station I buy, it MUST have a CLONE FEATURE built-in and in this units case, that is impossible. The simple fact is that NO SINGLE BAY HD DOCKING STATION has the capability to do this, which is sad! It would be nice if someone could invent a Single Bay HD Docking Station that could Clone another HD. The sad fact is that with the varied HD sizes available today (both the NEW 8 and 10TB HD’s) this is impossible. Well it might be possible, but also VERY EXPENSIVE!!! Oh well, something else for my “WISH LIST”...

As a matter of fact, this unit saved my bacon this past week when 2 of my PC’s decided to call it quits. One of them failed ½ way through a BIOS Update when my AC Power failed bricked my Motherboard. The 2nd PC Motherboard failed about 1 week after installing the NEW Motherboard into my Bricked PC’s case. Just my luck! But by using this ORICO 1 Bay unit AND my ORICO 2 Bay HD Docking Station I was able to hook up 3 HD’s at a time and transfer the files I needed over to my LapTop that I am using now until (hopefully) I get my repaired Motherboards back from MSI. Knock on wood…

UPDATE: I finally got back my (so called) repaired Motherboard and it looks like I blew out more than just the Motherboard when my power went out. It looks like I also blew out my 8-Core CPU as well… Just what I needed...

Just so you know, the main reason I wouldn’t buy this unit for myself is that I would have to have a unit like this one that would have MORE than one HD Bay AND the “CLONE” Feature...

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS UNIT FOR OTHERS TO PURCHASE? YES I would! As long as they were NOT a “POWER USER”, such as myself. This unit does a good job and except for the minor flaws it has, it’s still worth the money ORICO is asking for it. This unit is well built and would be perfect for the “AVERAGE” or “NEW” users out there. If you’re NOT a “POWER USER” such as myself, this is a great little unit to have. Buy it, you won’t be sorry you did...

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4 out of 5 eggs Great little unit - It saved my bacon this past week... 05/24/2016

This review is from: ORICO 6619US3-BK SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5" and 3.5" HDD, SSD [8TB Support]

Pros: Lightweight and fairly compact. USB 3.0. Sturdy and well built.

PROS: This unit is fairly small and lightweight; small enough to be taken pretty much anywhere you’ll have a need for it. If you’re one of those people who do extensive traveling, then this is the unit for you. At least this way you’ll have access to a spare HD at your own convenience. Plus the rubber feet on the bottom prevent it from moving around so you’ve got that end covered as well.

Here are some other things I like about this unit.

1. It has USB 3.0 which is fast and LESS EXPENSIVE than the Thunderbird System.

Cons: EXTREMELY LARGE Wall Wart Power Supply.

CONS: Let’s face the facts here, one of my biggest pet peeves here are Power Supplies (Wall Warts) that take up more than one plug in an AC wall or Power Strip (or even an extension cord) outlet. This unit has to have one of the biggest Power Brick sizes that I’ve seen to date. Why the engineers didn’t go with a standard AC Plug on one end with the actual BRICK adapter in the middle OR a smaller size Brick I’ll never know. The way this is designed doesn’t make much sense as it takes up (and covers) more than one AC plug. This is a bad design flaw. They should have know better…

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

1. The Power Switch (the small round button) is located on the back of the unit. I would have preferred it to be on the front AND/OR the top of the unit where it would be easier to get to.

2. The Power LED is HOT PINK in color (to indicate Power) and EXTREMELY BRIGHT! It then switches over to a Blue Blinking light to signify Data Transfer (which is OK).

3. Personally I would have preferred that the USB Cable were about a foot longer, but that’s nitpicking.

Other Thoughts: I am what some individuals might call a “Power User”. Right now I have 6 PC’s and 2 Servers, plus I am in the process of building a NEW 48TB Server. I use my PC’s for MANY uses. These include both Video and Audio Editing, also Program Design and Development and Testing, and finally for Hardware and Software Testing, Because of this, my needs are far more stringent than what the “AVERAGE USER” might need or want. Both my Hardware and Software have to be more powerful and robust and have more capabilities (features) than what the average user might have a need for. This also means that many times my equipment is also much more expensive than what the average user has (or needs).

One of the little things I like about this unit is that it’s fairly inexpensive and small and light weight. It’s small enough to fit into a suitcase (or even a backpack) to make travel easier so you’ll always have access to a spare HD that you can work with. This is a BIG PLUS, especially in today’s world. It’s compact enough that you’ll never have to leave it anywhere.

WOULD I PURCHASE THIS UNIT FOR MYSELF? NO, probably not, but not because it doesn’t do it’s job. It does it’s job quite admirably. My main problem is that for ANY HD Docking Station I buy, it MUST have a CLONE FEATURE built-in and in this units case, that is impossible. The simple fact is that NO SINGLE BAY HD DOCKING STATION has the capability to do this, which is sad! It would be nice if someone could invent a Single Bay HD Docking Station that could Clone another HD. The sad fact is that with the varied HD sizes available today (both the NEW 8 and 10TB HD’s) this is impossible. Well it might be possible, but also VERY EXPENSIVE!!! Oh well, something else for my “WISH LIST”...

As a matter of fact, this unit saved my bacon this past week when 2 of my PC’s decided to call it quits. One of them failed ½ way through a BIOS Update when my AC Power failed bricked my Motherboard. The 2nd PC Motherboard failed about 1 week after installing the NEW Motherboard into my Bricked PC’s case. Just my luck! But by using this ORICO 1 Bay unit AND my ORICO 2 Bay HD Docking Station I was able to hook up 3 HD’s at a time and transfer the files I needed over to my LapTop that I am using now until (hopefully) I get my repaired Motherboards back from MSI. Knock on wood…

UPDATE: I finally got back my (so called) repaired Motherboard and it looks like I blew out more than just the Motherboard when my power went out. It looks like I also blew out my 8-Core CPU as well… Just what I needed...

Just so you know, the main reason I wouldn’t buy this unit for myself is that I would have to have a unit like this one that would have MORE than one HD Bay AND the “CLONE” Feature...

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS UNIT FOR OTHERS TO PURCHASE? YES I would! As long as they were NOT a “POWER USER”, such as myself. This unit does a good job and except for the minor flaws it has, it’s still worth the money ORICO is asking for it. This unit is well built and would be perfect for the “AVERAGE” or “NEW” users out there. If you’re NOT a “POWER USER” such as myself, this is a great little unit to have. Buy it, you won’t be sorry you did...

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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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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.

OTHER SHORTCOMINGS:

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.

CONTINUED BELOW!!!

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.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

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...

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