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TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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4 out of 5 eggs Great device if your WiFi can't make it. 09/17/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: I set this device up with my router wired to a NAS on one side and a system on the other for almost 2 weeks now to test latency as well as speed. Configuration is a snap, I was able to get it going in under a minute just holding down the button.

It has been very stable with no disconnects. I haven’t noticed any hard latency either in response time.

I use a TriBand Beamforming AC3200 and on 5Ghz with optimal band I still only have a 2x2 NIC which gets at best range 75MBps. If I move to an area with poor connectivity I easily drop to roughly 22MBps. This device is able to pull consistently at roughly 36MBps. The reliability here is what I really liked from it. It’s not going to break the bank in throughput but with decent latency and ‘okay’ speeds it is great to add to a place with spotty WiFi.

Cons: It’s a bit larger so it’d have been nice if they’d given a power pass through so I could use more of my outlet.

Other Thoughts: Normally I get the full 1Gbps over Ethernet. The NAS can easily handle 1Gbps file transfers at full speed read/write. A copy using Robocopy gave me 34MBps upload (vs 120MBps over Ethernet) and 39MBps download from the NAS. This was an average over 20 pulls and pushes to the NAS in testing performance. This is about 25% what you’d expect from Ethernet. I don’t necessarily think this to be a con as this is more an alternative to Wireless range than Ethernet.

Linksys WUSB6300 Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 3.0 Up to 867 or 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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Pros: I installed this on a Windows 10 system and install of this USB card was extremely simple with Windows immediately finding the card.

It uses USB3.0 which given it's a 2x2 isn't necessary but that's nice to have I guess.
I first went into the Advanced Configuration of this device and see that while it supports BEAM forming it is set to Disable at the start. I would recommend users enable this if you have a router which supports Beamforming.
I also set the Preferred Band to 5Ghz first where the default is No Preference to ensure I have it quickly attach to a faster network frequency.

I started running some tests by plugging this into a laptop so I could check the performance to my router. The router I use is a Linksys EA9200 Triband and in my space can easily blanket with signal. The adatper showed just that with retaining a signal strength of -31 to -44 even while roaming which is spectacular over channel 153.

Cons: Over the 4 days running this card I haven't yet found an issue other than it's a bit large when using with a laptop to poke out. This isn't your tiny nub style NIC but it is a 2x2 AC that has been rock solid.

I do see the 2.4 Ghz signal is usually -46 to -55 which is definitely worse given the proximity. If you're looking to use this and only have 2.4 it may not be the best card for you as I've seen faster with others.

Other Thoughts: There is a provided CD for those that may not have internet connectivity on the system for which you're using this.

Zmodo Greet - Smart WiFi HD Video Doorbell
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2 out of 5 eggs 07/25/2016

This review is from: Zmodo Greet - Smart WiFi HD Video Doorbell

Pros: The Zmodo Greet Smart Wifi is a product I was anxious to install, unsatisfied with the steps and modifications needed to get it up and running for my home, and then disappointed with the results for a smart device that could have been excellent compared to others with similar capabilities.

When unpacking the Zmodo Greet doorbell, you'll find a solid looking brushed metal device that was designed to fit the styling in the modern smart home. The curves of the housing, brushed aluminum styling, black housing of the camera, and iDevice-like illuminated ring button create an overall sophisticated style for something that is to be displayed prominently at the entrance to your home. Compared to a traditional installed door bells, it is a much bolder choice at your front door. The fit and finish was a positive, and the first impression is one of a solid and reliable product.

Once the Greet doorbell was installed and I verified it would activate my existing in-house bell, next came the pairing of the device to the MeShare application that is required to view the camera and receive door bell alerts. The pairing process was straightforward, and was verified by the blue illuminated ring around the doorbell button turning solid. Pressing the doorbell button caused an alert from the MeShare application, and I was able to view the feed from the camera on my smartphone display. You can press the microphone button on the application to talk back to the person through the doorbell, and a record and snapshot button are available to store what you are viewing.

Cons: The included instructions I found to be lacking in important information you really should know when installing a hard wired, powered device in your home. The specifications on powering the device describe the replacement of a current two wire setup and that a 10ohm capacitor may be needed depending on how your door bell is wired. Specification of the actual voltage required really should be included, especially if this is going in a new construction or there is not a traditionally wired doorbell already in place. I had to do some research on my own to determine if my older system would support this device.

Unfortunately, the rest of the MeShare application and the settings available are what make this a hard product to use past the very basic functions. When you first open the application, you are greeted with a still picture of the camera that was set at some random time, and not the current live image. You have to touch the image to view the live image, and it may or may not actually connect. I suffered from many connection time out errors that never seemed to have a pattern of why they happened, and experienced them insides and outside of my internal network. Any settings necessary to change in your router for external passage are not in the documentation. There is a settings gear for the Greet doorbell allows you to modify the device options. Unfortunately the options are incredibly limited and offer no advanced features to customize the experience outside of a basic notification calendar. Every back button press resulted in an application forced close, so trying to explore the settings options was an exercise in pure frustration.

The MeShare "People" menu looks to be a place where you would add friends to your device, but there is no real description of how this function works and what exactly it is supposed to do. An "Events" menu is the built in gallery for the application to show any recorded video or picture events. I did not find any way to change how events were stored or where. The "Discovery" menu shows you Zmodo partner locations where there products are being used, a feature I would consider useless when you want an application to work for your home security and not as yet another social media platform. From the main settings menu, you can shop for more devices, add devices, view the limited system settings, or visit a support page.

My biggest frustration with the Zmodo Greet Smart Wifi Doorbell was the complete lack of information needed to connect it to the rest of my home security camera platform. I've been able to find nothing on how it may connect as a standard IP camera so it can be added as an additional camera for DIY systems like Blue Iris or iSpy. Having to use a propriety application when viewing this one camera is definitely something to consider, as it can become a hassle to do so when you want to view activities quickly.

The Zmodo Greet Smart Wifi Doorbell is a product I really wanted to like that I just can't recommend. There are far too many issues in the software that make potentially necessary modifications to the existing structure of your home a moot point. If these issues are ever resolved by Zmodo, it might be worth revisiting this item, but until then I would look to other options.

Other Thoughts: Installing the Greet Doorbell to satisfactory results on the front of a home may take some significant modification to your existing doorbell location. My existing doorbell was located on the door frame, and the Zmodo Greet was far too large to fit at that spot without sticking out past the frame. My options were to extend the wiring of my current doorbell and then cover them up with a wire chase, or drill new holes in the brick surrounding the frame to re-route the bell wiring from inside the house. Having the option to power via a battery or at least a tradition type of power supply would greatly enhance the installation options for a standard DIY type of installer.

Since the MeShare application was obviously released as an unfinished product that should barely be considered of Beta test quality, it's hard to compare this Doorbell camera compared to several other options in this category. If you could bypass the application all together, retain the hard wired ring function of your home's doorbell, and pair it to other IP camera applications, it would be a mere annoyance that you could bypass. Without that functionality however, the entire product suffers from being well made hardware with almost unusable software.


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