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EnGenius EAP1750H AC1750 802.11ac 3x3 Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point/WDS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Capable but not polished enough 03/24/2015

This review is from: EnGenius EAP1750H AC1750 802.11ac 3x3 Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point/WDS

Pros: PoE
Guest Network
8 SSID’s
3 streams 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz
Scheduled reboot option

Cons: should be config from factory with something other than
No PoE injector (should skip the 12v adapter)
AP should really come with default security on, both bands had it off?
No graphs? no logging? In the GUI (seems there is a EZ controller standalone software)
Critical flaw, in online manual and quick guide, “changes” button top right to apply settings!

Other Thoughts: My first impression of the AP was oh look PoE, and its ceiling wall mount. Then I went on to open and view the instructions, I was a bit disappointed with instructions that were very basic, and did not sate much were to get more info, like on different wall mount setup configurations. I was disappointed with the product as a whole. First if it was to be wall/ceiling mount then the power cable should be also white, it would just look horrible white device with black cable running down, as a guy I would not care too much, but as for wife/GF or any female you will hear no end about it, that can be guaranteed (be it business or home). I was disappointed because as someone else mentioned, they should have really sent a PoE injector with this product and they could have skipped on the 12v adaptor, just have the user use the PoE injector. Then I would call this really a wall/ceiling mount that can get away with just 1 clean cable. Otherwise this product really does not stand out on this as a strength, as most other router/AP’s might have this feature but they are not designed for ceiling/wall mount as this model claims as a feature/strength.

I am not sure if this device feels professional enough, with all the lack and overall feel that it was rushed and unfinished product, this is all keeping in mind with the price tag that it carries, if it was half or 2/3 the price then I could see these shortcomings being passed by. The GUI is lacking, I am spoiled with Open source firmware’s that offer so much, and other consumer products that have far more advanced features, even if I may not use them, with the price tag I expect a bit more. I cannot conclude (casual user) on the connection quality, as my routers, need rebooting of their own and the ISP loses connection, only with time will I be able to pin point when and if I run into connection issues, though I would assume someone using it in a small business would find issues right away if they exist as other users have mentioned.

Had issue with the unit not saving settings? I had upgraded the firmware, read the online manual! Was about to give up on this unit! Thought mine was defective! All over the manual it says “Save: Click Save to confirm the changes”! wrong! That will only save it temporary and not APPLY, the user has to click on the Changes button which as far as I was reading was not mentioned in the manual! I had normally got used to routers needing reboot for changes to take effect and thus I hit reboot the device under the “reset” button but never dawned on me to hit the changes…

Bottom line this unit is capable but seems to have been rushed or not polished enough.

ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great UEFI BIOS
Nice System Browser (though needs more work)
Thunderbolt ready
Japan high quality CAP’s
Nice look of MOBO color scheme
Dual bios
PCI-e 3.0
4 USB 3.0 on back

Cons: No eSATA on the back
lack of display port
Only 2x 4 pin fan headers, rest are 3 pin
No push buttons on MOBO
No LED error display
H97 limited to 1600 memory

Other Thoughts: First impressions, when I got the box, it looks like most of the MOBO (Motherboard) boxes on the outside. What surprised me was on the inside, the packaging of the motherboard was great! I have seen some creative packaging for higher end MOBO’s but this was unexpected in a sub $100 MOBO. The extra foam to support the MOBO was nice, though I think the zip ties were a little overkill.

Test setup used 4790K chip, and tested with some old but still good 1600 G.Skill RipJaw XMP 2x4 sticks, had no issue posting, and switched to XMP and 1600, ran just fine from first try. Tested CPU OC and it worked, not sure about issues others have. Of course OC is limited but it does work as far as cpu goes. The BIOS is really nice, I wish all MOBO’s had the system browser; pretty much a live view of your MOBO with ability to roll over with your mouse and see the description and on some what is connected. I was disappointed a little that they did not put all of the I/O descriptions, doing so would have made it that you can always boot into BIOS and go and view it without a manual.

I do not understand the VGA connector, to me that is a total waste, why not a display port or an eSATA connection? Those are still great, as usb 3.0 is not as fast as eSATA at least in my tests with NAS system, which gave me solid 100MBps, wiles usb 3.0 did about 60-80MBps. I would have loved to see more 4 pin fan headers, as the fan controller settings in the bios are limited to 2 user defined fan % and cpu temp, one for cpu and other for chassis.

I think manufactures should focus on essential things, especially for entry gamer, otherwise they risk losing such customers. Honestly all that cloud and internet features are worthless to a lot of entry and hard core OCers. Push buttons, LED error display and eSATA, more 4 pin headers etc… would have far more value than some of the other “fluff” features. With such features I would have given this board a 5+ star, but as it is with the price point and being a H97 board, it does well for 4.7/5.

This board I would recommend if the user is on a budget, single GPU card, mild OC/tweaking, I would say even those who want a chipset switch, if you are an AMD user, you can take your DDR3 ram and place it easy into this board get a nice intel CPU chip, and carry over your video card, this board can be a nice transition if you are waiting to save up, or minor upgrade that will not hit your wallet hard. Also this board has great components that should last, it will also be a great hand down MOBO, and will take all of the new 1150 i-series cpu’s and new Pentiums.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing lens that can replace few primes 01/06/2015

This review is from: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon

Pros: Great image quality down at F1.8
Great Sharpness even at F1.8
Well built, very nice zoom and manual focus
Nice Bokeh

Cons: Weight and size a bit big and heavy
72mm filter size vs 77mm
no image stabilization
May have issues with auto focus at F2.8 and faster, recommended to get Sigma USB dock
auto focus motor can be heard a little, but not as bad as I would have thought

Other Thoughts: First of, I do photography some videography as a hobby, but I do my extensive research as anyone else.

This lens is as great as all the online reviews rave about it, there is very little said about it that would be negative, I would say its more of a wish list or what would be nice to have had on top of the pro’s already. In my case it is true that with canon on some bodies at F2.8 and faster the auto focus can be a miss or a hit, I read that its not necessarily with Canon cameras but can be a general issue with fast lenses and the center focusing point in general. I personally went and bought the Sigma USB dock, and was doing my own precise focusing with the EOS Utility software on the PC. Only thing I need to work on more would be the infinity focus, all the other points I have improved with my specific camera body.

Knowing that the focusing and just general back/front focusing issues can exist, and knowing that I can take advantage of the USB dock I can tell you that without the micro changes on my 70D the pictures were just off, some front focus and back focus at different zoom and different distances. Remember that it has to do that its third party and they do not have all the details to the camera bodies as the OEM’s do, also small micro differences in the camera bodies exist and the lens its self, so add these up and you could have a combo that needs quite a bit of adjustment. But once its done, the lens performance really well with the auto focus, you might get a few random out of focus shots.

The weight and size of the lens is a small negative, but it also comes with most well-built lenses, so its something that is to be expected. For me I wish it was a 77mm filter size then 72, I personally got a brass step up ring so that I can use a UV filter. I had the worse experience, something nobody wants to have, and that is a camera strap fail causing the camera to drop on the concrete side walk, about 2-3 foot drop. It was a miracle, the body only had a small scuff, and the lens seems to have taken the hit right at the lens cap and filter edge, which caused the UV filter to take the impact and shatter while the step up ring also gave rigidity and was fully intact. The lens end up having no signs of any kind of damage or scuff, only one or two small dust size spots seen on the front lens element which is likely coating related. So I had the firsthand experience to indirectly test the build quality of the lens. If this lens had image stabilization it would be even more amazing, maybe this was not possible or other lens compromises might have to been made. Overall there is just too much to say about this amazing lens, that can replace some primes, and give you great low light photo’s and video’s, amazing bokeh etc…


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Date Joined: 05/15/03

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