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Belkin F5Z0340fc WeMo Switch + Motion, Operates over Wi-Fi/mobile internet,  turn electronics on or off
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Cool, but there's room for improvement 07/15/2014

This review is from: Belkin F5Z0340fc WeMo Switch + Motion, Operates over Wi-Fi/mobile internet, turn electronics on or off

Pros: Easy enough for almost any end user to setup. IFTTT integration is nice, but if your internet goes down you lose that ability. They have an interesting product lineup, can't wait to see more devices.

Cons: The motion sensor is very sensitive, and there's no way to adjust it. It has a tendency of sensing motion when there is none, which depending on what you're using it for could be an issue. Also, the wall warts are HUGE, expect to completely lose your socket for one of these, or if plugged into a surge strip three outlets. Firmware upgrades to the motion sensor were buggy, as I had to unplug it both times the firmware wanted to upgrade because it never came back up. In the app, the motion sensor can trigger the outlet and turn it off instantly or after 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc. It would be MUCH better if I could enter in my own duration instead of the presets. Like, 10 seconds would be perfect, as immediately turning off is too quick, and one minute is too long.

Other Thoughts: I currently have the motion sensor Velcro'd to the ceiling on my outside porch, with the wire running into the house. In my bedroom I have the switched outlet hooked up to a rotating lamp. I have a rule setup so when there's motion the lamp will illuminate for one minute so I'll know someone is at the door. This works quite well, but in the app I had to set a schedule because it was detecting motion all hours of the night and waking me up, when my cameras showed no motion at the front door.

I'd love for them to come out with a temperature sensor so I could use this to control the A/C in my computer room, so it doesn't have to run 24/7 (since the fan is always powered and only the compressor kicks on with temp) but only kick it on when needed.

TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Not bad, but could be better 02/20/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case

Pros: Powers my 4 PoE 1.3MP IP cameras with no issues. Been running rock solid and I've been keeping an eye on the bandwidth and cameras with PRTG Network monitor. I do like how the power supply isn't a power-plug hogging wall wart! Great device for someone that wants a PoE capable switch but doesn't need any management features.

Cons: First thing I noticed out-of-the-box was there's no way to wall or enclosure mount this due to the lack of mounting holes on the case. My intended use for this switch was to mount in my garage's networking cabinet to power my PoE cameras, removing all the unnecessary power adapters. It will take a little bit of creative ingenuity in order to do this.

The second problem is the complete lack of gigabit ports and no dedicated uplink. If this was a full gigabit switch that would be great, but at the very least include a dedicated gigabit port for the uplink.

Other Thoughts: I've been testing this in my house with some 1.3MP PoE IP cameras and it's been working great. I have a, 8-port PoE rack mount midpoint that I use to run the cameras in my house, and swapped this in it's place. Watching the switch and bandwidth with PRTG I've noticed my cameras run roughly 10Mbps of constant traffic. Since the cameras aren't pushing that much data to my NVR, the lack of gigabit isn't too big of a deal for what I plan to use it for in my garage (IP cameras & AP), but it's not something I'd use in my house where I'd demand more bandwidth.

Simple Audio Go Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs This little speaker amazed me 12/17/2013

This review is from: Simple Audio Go Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Pros: The sound that comes out of this thing is stunning for it's size. For it's size, it does well on low notes and it can get obnoxiously loud.

I really like the rubberized coating around the case and the non-slip feet on the bottom. You can place this on any clean surface and it will not budge.

The Micro USB connector is a plus, because I can keep the OEM charger at home, and use an old phone charger at work. I haven't had to use my charger at work though, because the battery life is amazing! It's rated for 8 hours, but I go through a full 8-hour day with the battery life only getting down to 50% playing at 25% volume. I've gone two 8-hour days without having to charge this.

The pairing is quite simple, and the tone feedback and status LED make it pleasant. Just turn it on, and depending on the tones it plays during power up you can tell if it's successfully paired or not. I've been using this every day for almost two weeks and it's successfully pared 1005 of the time with no issues.

Battery life is transmitted through the Bluetooth connection if your device supports it. I really like this, because I rarely look at the speaker, but I do look at my phone quite a lot. Just a quick glance and I can see how much power my phone has, and how much power this speaker has.

The line in (with included cable!) feature is nice, although I didn't have a real need for it.

Cons: The glossy finish on the top and buttons is a fingerprint magnet, i would have much rather seen the entire thing covered in the rubberized finish.

The battery isn't replaceable when/if it goes bad. Might not be an issue for some, but if you own the thing for 10 years, you might eventually need a new rechargeable battery depending on how much use it has.

Speakerphone is lacking, I can hear just fine but the person on the other end couldn't hear me well.

Other Thoughts: The surface the speaker is sitting on absolutely matters in relation to the bass it produces! The rubberized feet seem to "couple" the device to whatever surface it's placed on, and use this to enhance the bass (which is probably why the bass port is on the bottom on the unit). When on my metal desk from the 70's at work, this thing puts out amazing bass for it's size. If I place it on a thin steel filing cabinet, there's almost no bass. Placed this on my bathroom counter and it sounded great, put it on the couch and no so much. You get the idea here.

Obviously, the lower volume that this is played at, the longer the battery will last.

Quick tip for this device is to make sure the feet are always clean, if they're dirty it won't sound as good and will easily vibrate itself off where you put it. I've found the easiest way to clean them is with an Isopropyl Alcohol wipe.


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