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Pros: · Packed Full of Features for the price
· Slim Attractive Design - White to match most ceilings
· Very clear night vision for the resolution provided - In some instances, especially when the camera is pointed at a situation that has a hotspot, the night mode, produces a better picture than day mode and you will get more detail in the image. I consider this a very good feature.
· Motion/Sound Detection is awesome, Hooks up to your FTP server and saves images or video captured as a result of it being set off. (Watch out bad guy!) It also allows you to focus on a specific part of lens for detection. For instance, if you have the camera farther away from a door and want to have the camera to start recording if that door is open then just select that part of the video feed to be the trigger, if there is a window nearby to you can do the same thing, more than 1 spot for it to be triggered. Very easy to configure this feature and easy to link up to Arvixe FTP Server.
·Scheduled times for day/night camera or motion/audio detection. I think it's awesome that you can have it automatically switch to these features based on hours of operations, etc.
· Wifi Extender feature is always a big plus. I wish it was a dual band extender for 5 Ghz but again for the price, I understand this. It's still Wireless-N.
Cons: · Requires Java to be installed, Very Annoying browser allowance messages as result. Firmware update stopped it from detecting Java in Internet Explorer, Works great in Firefox after update however.
·480p resolution only - however for price I understand. I would have preferred 720p or 1080p.
·Zoom is digital zoom which result in pixilation which a useless feature as a result in my opinion because you can't make anything out if it's distorted like that.
· I could not get the Zero Configuration feature to work. The provided software could not find the DCS-933L on the network to automatically make it work. I had to do the manual method to configure the camera (WPS Button + Follow the IP Address to get to the controls/view feed). Also the IP Address in the book says it will be 192.168.1.20 however mine was 192.168.1.216 by default.
· Absolutely have to use their cloud software in order to use it via smartphone application, which requires registration and giving them your information.
Other Thoughts: I think for the price it has a lot of features. Full MSRP leaves me desiring a higher resolution and optical zoom but when it is on sale I would say do it. I am excited to have this in my possession and will be using this for security at my home.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Stylish, Sleek looking, Sturdy appearance. Parental Controls to block websites on certain machines, Advanced wireless features to change Beacon & DTIM intervals. Easy to use WPS to connect devices like printers wirelessly at the push of a button or through the menu options. Very easy to ready online interface to control the router. It is laid out like a very well thought out website with everything clearly marked into categories and sub categories as good as any of the more expensive routers. For those being more visually orientated it could be considered a con though.
Cons: Initial Setup required a lot of resetting of adapters and devices, more so than with other router brands. Not a Dual Band Router (Locked to 2.4 Ghz). I could not get files to transfer across devices with Asus PCE AC66 Adapter however my surface tablet sent files to my desktop using that adapter with an average rate of 1.8 mb/s and a peak of 2.5 mb/s. Parental controls do not allow you to label computers and only show IPs so that might leave less tech-savy users at an inconvenience. When connecting to the network generated by the router there is a long lag time before the connection is stable.
Other Thoughts: This will work with MOST adapters, however the high performance adapter I have did not let me transfer files. The transfer rate would constantly go from 2 mb/s to 0 mb/s every few seconds without making progress. Maybe with more economical adapters instead of high performance ones it works better because it might not be intended to be used with certain adapters. Hopefully in the future support expands.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Storage Size vs Physical Size
-Consistent Write/Read Speeds
-Low Noise Output
-Western Digital Brand name
The WD Blue 1 TB 5400 RPM Slim hard drive arrived securely to my doorstep via appropriately sized containers surrounded by anti-static wrapping & laptop HDD sized plastic holders. The slimness of the unit (as the name suggests) is rightly deserved as this unit is extremely low profile. I am very impressed at how much storage is on a disk of this size. The construction appears to be well crafted. solid, high quality parts.
Below are my findings from real world testing as compared to other types of storage:
Test: 9.65 GB Folder with numerous files of various sizes
WD Blue WD10SPCX 1 TB (Laptop Sized)
WD Black 2TB 7200RPM (Desktop Sized)
Corsair Force SSD
Cons: -Drive RPM Speed Limits Transfer Rates Considerably
The one thing holding this drive back is the RPM speed. I do understand that for the price range and capacity on the smaller disk format that it is still appropriate however. I would recommend that this drive is not used as a primary hard drive in a laptop system but as a supporting hard drive in conjunction with a SSD to boot from. It would be a nice compliment to a SSD for file/media backup and storage.
Other Thoughts: -2 Year Warranty (More than the standard 1 year warranty by law but not enough to give confidence).
I put this in Other Thoughts because they are just my thoughts as a professional and a consumer. I really wish Western Digital would consider giving mid-ranged hard drives 3 years on their warranty because not too long ago 3-5 years was the standard for most drives. It really shook my confidence in hard drive manufacturers when they lowered their warranty coverage. It makes me wonder how much compromise was made to the quality of internal mechanisms leading to failures (Platter Motor, Arms, etc). Sometimes the price difference between WD Blue and Black drives for the extra warranty coverage is almost half or more of the blue equivalent..