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TP-LINK NC200 Motion Detection Built-in Microphone Wireless Cloud IP Camera
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3 out of 5 eggs Decent Camera, but get the one with Night Vision 01/23/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK NC200 Motion Detection Built-in Microphone Wireless Cloud IP Camera

Pros: Has the option of either an Ethernet or wireless connection
Includes an 8-foot extension cable for the power connection
Defaulted to a time server to handle the time settings
LED can be turned off in case you don’t want anyone to know the camera is on
Android app looks very polished and works well
Has the ability to function as a wireless extender
Built in support for DDNS via NO-IP, DynDNS, and Comexe

With the video settings at high and the max FPS at 20, it actually looks pretty good despite only being at 640 x 480 resolution. According to the android app, the camera reported speeds of up to 600 KB/s over a wired connection and averaged around 500 KB/s with good lighting.

Below are benchmarks on the performance of the device’s wireless extension capabilities:

Wireless Extender (Ethernet) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -38 dBm
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 22 ms, Read = 16.23 Mbps, Write = 9.11 Mbps

Wireless Extender (Ethernet) (20 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -50 dBm
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 1.10 Mbps, Write = 0.45 Mbps

Wireless Extender (Wireless) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -39 dBm
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 25.27 Mbps, Write = 11.75 Mbps

Wireless Extender (Wireless) (20 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -50 dBm
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 2.76 Mbps, Write = 5.11 Mbps

Power Consumption
• Ethernet: 1.7 Watts
• Wireless: 2.3 Watts
• Ethernet (Extender): 2.5 Watts
• Wireless (Extender): 2.8 Watts

Cons: With the lack of night vision, it’s hard to see a use case for a camera like this. Even during the day, a room may not have enough light for this camera to see everything.

Motion detection is included but it doesn’t do anything other than log that there was motion detected. If it could trigger a recording or a picture to be taken that would be more useful.

Wireless Extender mode has no option for changing the wireless channel that it is utilizing nor is there any way to control the channel width either. Due to this, wireless performance while using the extender functionality was very inconsistent as its automatic channel and width selection were not always the optimal choice.

The 4X zoom combined with a resolution of only 640 x 480 looks terrible.
Built in microphone is a nice feature though it does sound very muffled.

Problems with their Cloud storage feature
• No storage limit indication
• No way to download or offload footage to your phone or computer

Other Thoughts: To sum things up this camera, despite being very cheap in price was surprisingly good, especially with the additional ability of being a wireless extender. However, the lack of night vision limits its use case to nothing practical enough to not justify the additional cost of buying the model with night vision. For only $10 more this camera just isn’t worth it.

TP-LINK Archer C2600 AC2600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Powerful Router but not the best on 2.4 GHz 01/08/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C2600 AC2600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: Features external antennae which can be replaced if so desired.
Beamforming Technology – more reliable signal once connected.
The UI was very fast and fluid, it’s one of the more responsive UI’s I’ve used on a router.
Status page shows lots of useful information even CPU and Memory Load.
MU-MIMO will come in handy, once more devices support it.
Easiest initial setup I’ve ever used on a router.
By default, it automatically grabs its time from an NTP server.
System logs for days on everything and even filters to sort it so it’s actually usable by a human.

Incudes the ability to set up a password recovery for the admin portal. This way you can recovery your access if you forget the password instead of factory resetting it and having to redo all of your settings.

Has a button to turn off the status LEDs and even a night mode so it will automatically turn off when you want it to. I’ve never seen a router with so much control over the LED indicator lights.

Has a very powerful SoC for a router. A dual core 1.4 GHz SoC by Qualcomm with 512 MB of DDR3 memory is very impressive for a router, it’s basically a low end smartphone.

Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 212.74Mbps, Write = 23.85 Mbps

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -25 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 12.41 MB/s, Write = 13.61 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 102.44 Mbps, Write = 23.63 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -32 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 35.86 MB/s, Write = 23.02 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 16 ms, Read = 211.59 Mbps, Write = 23.80 Mbps

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -60 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 7.46 MB/s, Write = 1.61 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 42.73 Mbps, Write = 11.35 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -70 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 15.40 MB/s, Write = 4.65 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 121.22 Mbps, Write = 23.68 Mbps

Cons: Performance on the 2.4 GHz band was very poor for a router of this caliber. Whether the router automatically chose the channel or if it was manually set, it still underperformed.

Slower USB 3.0 performance and high power consumption than expected from a router with a Qualcomm SoC vs the Marvell SoC in the Linksys W1200AC.

USB 3.0 (TP-LINK C2600)
• Read: 45.70 MB/sec
• Write: 42.24 MB/sec

USB 3.0 (Linksys WRT1200AC)
• Read: 55.81 MB/sec
• Write: 59.60 MB/sec

Power Consumption (TP-LINK C2600)
• Idle: 8.3 Watts
• Load: 11.1 Watts (Transferring files to USB drive)

Power Consumption (Linksys WRT1200AC)
• Idle: 7.9 Watts
• Load: 9.6 Watts (Transferring files to USB drive)

Has no option to set port range forwarding that I could find, only single port forwarding or port triggering.

No built in check for firmware updates in the admin portal. On a router like this you should not have to go and find the firmware update yourself. This has been a long standing issue with TP Link products and it needs to be fixed if they want to be taken seriously in the high end router space.

Does not have an IPv6 firewall or at least has no way to manage ports on it if it does have one.

Has no way of renaming clients whose names are reported incorrectly, so you’re stuck with unknown on some and android123654….etc. on others for example.

Other Thoughts: Overall this router performs very well over the 5 GHz band with a Wireless AC connection and has a great UI in the admin portal. However, the lackluster performance of the 2.4 GHz band really disappoints and makes this hard to recommend. Hopefully it just needs a firmware update to resolve this issue, if that ends up the case then this will become my daily driver.

TP LINK C2600 Firmware: 1.1.2 Build 20150924

Wireless-N: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
Wireless-AC: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3000C15R
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Pros: Lifetime warranty
Comes in three different colors
Low profile heatsinks helps alleviate any large air cooler issues
Completely stable using the manufacturer’s rated timings and voltages using HCI Memtest (4.0) to verify stability for hours without any errors.

Performance benchmarks between DDR4 stock speeds and the rated speed of this ram are listed below:

Aida64 Memory Benchmarks @ 2133 MHz
• Read: 32,979 MB/s
• Write: 23,973 MB/s
• Copy: 29,991 MB/s
• Latency: 73.9 ns

Aida64 Memory Benchmarks @ 3000 MHz
• Read: 37,848 MB/s
• Write: 24,030 MB/s
• Copy: 35,118 MB/s
• Latency: 60.5 ns

3DMark Firestrike @ 2133 MHz
• 3DMark Score: 6,802
• Graphics Score: 7,285
• Physics Score: 16,241
• Combined Score: 2,872
• Graphics Test 1: 36.34 FPS
• Graphics Test 2: 28.07 FPS
• Physics Test: 51.56 FPS
• Combined Test: 13.36 FPS

3DMark Firestrike @ 3000 MHz
• 3DMark Score: 6,865
• Graphics Score: 7,330
• Physics Score: 17,337
• Combined Score: 2,883
• Graphics Test 1: 36.65 FPS
• Graphics Test 2: 28.19 FPS
• Physics Test: 55.04 FPS
• Combined Test: 13.41 FPS

Unigine Valley 1.0 @ 2133 MHz
• FPS: 73.8
• Score: 3089
• Min FPS: 15.5
• Max FPS: 154.4

Unigine Valley 1.0 @ 3000 MHz
• FPS: 77.0
• Score: 3220
• Min FPS: 18.8
• Max FPS: 170.8

Ram Disk @ 2133 MHz (Crystal Disk Mark)
• Sequential: Read = 7,518 MB/s, Write = 7,632 MB/s
• 512k: Read = 8,144 MB/s, Write = 8,274 MB/s
• 4k: Read = 1,852 MB/s, Write = 1,511 MB/s
• 4k QD32: Read = 1,874 MB/s, Write = 1,008 MB/s

Ram Disk @ 3000 MHz (Crystal Disk Mark)
• Sequential: Read = 8,385 MB/s, Write = 8,129 MB/s
• 512k: Read = 8,798 MB/s, Write = 8,622 MB/s
• 4k: Read = 1,859 MB/s, Write = 1,482 MB/s
• 4k QD32: Read = 1,874 MB/s, Write = 1,032 MB/s

Highest Temperature (3000 MHz) DIMM #1: 124.3 °F
Highest Temperature (3000 MHz) DIMM #2: 120.2 °F

Cons: Using XMP to setup the memory at the right speed and timings did not work well at all. Despite resetting the bios to default settings, the system would not post with XMP enabled. It set the timings and the speed correctly, however what it did to the CPU settings was the problem.

It lowered the CPU multiplier and the CPU Cache multiplier, disabled turbo boost and lastly changed the BLCK frequency to 125 MHz instead of the stock 100 MHz. The change in BLCK frequency was the reason it wouldn’t post as more settings would need to be adjusted for that to be stable. Now the part that didn’t make sense is why it did that in the first place when configuring all of the settings for this kit manually, the system booted up and was completely stable at 3000 MHz.

Other Thoughts: To sum things up many people will say that faster ram for situations other than a system with an integrated GPU does not improve performance. However, in this circumstance, using this ram at its rated speed versus stock DDR4 2133 MHz showed increased performance in every benchmark I ran. Despite showing tiny FPS improvements in 3DMark and noticeable gains in Unigine Valley, your money would be better spent on a better CPU or graphics card than high speed memory, unless you’re going to use a ram disk.

CPU: Intel i7-5960X @ stock speeds
Mobo: Asus X99 Deluxe (Bios: 2001)
GPU: Nvidia Quadro K5200 (Driver: 354.42)
OS: Windows 7 SP1 x64

DDR4 @ 2133 MHz Timings: 15-15-15-36-2T
DDR4 @ 3000 MHz Timings: 15-17-17-35-2T


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