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D-Link DCS-5029L HD 720P Pan/Tilt  Night Vision Motion Detection 2 Way Audio Wireless  mydlink enabled Surveillance Cloud  IP Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have installed the 1.01.04 firmware update, which appears to address many of the issues noted in my original review.

In particular, the remote smartphone app now works correctly and you can pan and tilt the camera from the smartphone app--this is a significant improvement, as this ability to control the camera from a smartphone is a major selling point for this product.

Cons: Setup of the camera could still prove challenging to a non-technical purchaser, but with the latest firmware upgrade installed, I feel this is now a solid 4-star product.

Other Thoughts: I do like this product and it is good to see a company listening to their customers and addressing the issues that have been noted.

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TP-LINK TL-SG108E 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch, 8 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Small, well-designed switch that can either be hung on the wall--which is actually quite handy--or, with the addition of supplied rubber feet, set on a desktop or shelf.

The unit is small for an 8-port switch, barely larger than a 5-port switch (of another brand).

The switch supports gigabit Ethernet as well as legacy 10/100 speeds, with auto-sensing. No special crossover NIC cable is necessary to connect this switch to other networking components.

The external power supply is shaped to help avoid blocking other outlets on your power strip.

The switch powers up in less than a second and runs cool and is silent. You can use it either as a "plug and play" (unmanaged) switch out of the box, or you can configure the switch via the supplied utility.

From the utility, VLAN and QoS settings can be configured, as well as static IP or DHCP, and the admin account password.

I feel that this switch represents a lot of value at its price point, and I would recommend it without hesitation for either home or small business use.

Cons: No major cons noted--just a few oddities.

You can't set a hostname for the switch, so if you are in the habit of checking your router to view your connected clients--as you should be, especially if you have a wireless router--the switch will show up as "unknown." Not a big deal, just an irritation.

Configuration of the switch is available only from the supplied utility; you cannot configure either through a browser or by telnet / SSH session. I am not a fan of having to load proprietary utilities to configure networking equipment.

Be aware that a gigabit connection will have a green LED on the port, and a 10/100 connection will have a yellow LED. This is reversed from some networking equipment and could cause confusion.

Other Thoughts: As with any networking equipment, you should change the default "admin" password from its default to help secure your network.

There was a firmware upgrade available which installed quickly and easily from the configuration utility.

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Anker 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for smartphones, tablets and other USB-charged devices (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small size, lots of ports to charge from, all ports work.

Will charge an iPhone 4S very quickly.

Solid unit, does what it claims.

Cons: No cons yet noted.

Other Thoughts: Be aware that this is only a charger, it does not include a battery for recharging devices while unplugged.

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Display Name: James P.

Date Joined: 01/12/05

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  • Reviews: 80
  • Helpfulness: 43
  • First Review: 04/12/08
  • Last Review: 11/20/14
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