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Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Good device, horrible security 01/31/2015

This review is from: Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red

Pros: Small pocketable size - I fit it in my dockers pocket easily, it's a 2.5" hard drive in an enclosure with integrated battery pack.

Allows wpa and wpa2 - allows for a secure connection after initial login. Does away with horrible legacy wep standards.

The charge remaining indicator is awesome, letting you know how much battery life you have left. Although a minor con associated with this...

Easy connection, easy streaming via android.

Can connect to internet even though the device connects to your wifi. In the old days, you'd be stuck w/out internet access when connected to a wifi hdd.

Cons: I would have given this device a 3.5-4 star review, however, there is one huge insane security flaw. The device will allow you to protect your data by securing the wireless network connection. However, you can reset the wireless settings, thus removing the security, creating an OPEN wireless connection, any device can now connect to it, and has FULL access to your data. DO NOT put any sensitive information on this device if you have any intention of it being susceptible to theft or left alone for any period of time. Well unless you don't care if someone takes your information.

Given this huge security flaw, i'd recommend that you use this device for nothing more than media streaming.

2.4ghz only, it seems like when even entry level devices are 5ghz capable that this device could easily allow 5ghz connectivity. I assume that it's due to a minimal increase in power draw for the 5ghz connection that they do not allow it.

USB file transfers are not allowed...I could not transfer files over USB from my laptop to the device. While it might not seem like much, I received wireless averages of 3.02mb/s on transfers of my video files. Transferring to a USB 2 flash drive normally averages 20-40 mb/s on most devices. This would mean if you wanted to transfer 500gb of data it'd take 47.09 hours wirelessly vs 7.11 hours if you did it via USB at the slowest average or 3.56 hours at the highest.

Wireless connectivity, while I did not have any issues connecting and maintaining a connection, I do have issues with the speeds of connection. To my laptop w/in 1-2 feet of the device I got 72mbps max connections, to my cell phones 65 mbps max connections.

For wireless, I can change the ssid and add WPA security, however, you can not change the IP of the network created by the device.

Media wise, I had no issues with the device connecting to multiple android cell phones (gs1, gs3, note 2, note 4, one M8, and g3) but connecting to my laptop was less than stellar. The included videos would play over the wifi connection, but were choppy to the point they were unwatchable. The media I copied over would not even stream to my laptop, it would just download the file to my laptop.

The 60ish second startup seemed excessive.

The battery life was not what they claimed, I assume that they were claiming 6 hours of life if you're using it to look at one single picture and with no internet access through the device. I got about 3.5 hours with intermediate access and intermittent shutdowns.

Other Thoughts: This device is a pretty good device, it really is a welcome addition.

If you can overlook the major security flaw...then sure it's a great device. I wish they offered some data encryption and a separate password for encryption vs the wifi password. But all in all I can't understand how anyone would ever allow such a breach in security, in my opinion, you forget your wifi password and have to reset your device, then you just lose your data...or else have a second password on there that'll allow you to reset the wifi password w/out access to the data.

For me, I had to remove all my pictures and docs off the device and will use it solely for movies and music.

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Belkin  F7D7606  Netcam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs an ok, albeit overpriced camera 01/11/2015

This review is from: Belkin F7D7606 Netcam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision

Pros: Ease of setup...well to an extent...still had significant issues with setup.

Low profile hardware.

Solid pivots for camera on base.

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End of other thoughts (since the CONs were so extensive...)

My main issue is that there are better options galore. I would recommend many a product over this one...especially ones that don't require you to spend money every month just to use their product.

Cons: There were so many cons that it's hard to document them all in my 3,000 character limit. The worst part is that this is such a simplistic device that there should be zero cons, and/or minimal cons.

The reliance upon the android/iphone app is a drawback to me, I should not need to download an app to my phone to setup a device at all, sure it's tailored to the smart phone market, but what if I wanted to use it with my home network and/or just with my laptop/desktop at work? Well, I hope you have a cell phone too, because you'll need it to setup the device, just to use later with your computer.

The app itself is sub-par at best. So not only do you require me to download the app, but you bundle it with permissions that I would never normally accept. If I had purchased the device and then saw that I was required to download the app, and saw the permissions on the app, i'd have sent the device back. No question about it.

Permissions - IAP (from $2 - $19), access to photos/media/files, access to microphone, wifi connection information, device ID, and call information.

So now you've sold your soul/device to belkin, now what? Well you can manually view your camera, if you have the logic to setup the camera without reading their instructions. PRO-TIP: if you follow their instructions, you'll fail. In any case, in my opinion if you spend hundreds of dollars on a product, it'd be nice if they spent 15 minutes following their own instructions before sending them out to people. I'll be fair, I write IT procedure for a staff of over 1500 people. I know that you must write procedures for the lowest common denominator. Granted, i'd not consider myself the lowest common denominator, but I still was unable to follow their instructions. The way that the instructions read state that you should launch the app, press yes to setup, then once it's setup change the switch to camera. The way I read that, you click yes to set it up, then change the switch. It should state, click yes, follow the onscreen prompts to set it up, then go to the next instruction, which is set the switch to camera. In any case, just a minor issue with the way I read the instructions.

The android app is not optimized for android...the app asks for a username and password. Android keyboard allows you to click go after doing so, but doing so does not result in you going forward. Clicking it again does not move forward, I assure you clicking it a 3rd or 4th or 5th time does not move forward either. In order to move forward, you've got to click on the screen, then click the continue button that was hidden by the keyboard. My screen is not a small screen, I was using my Galaxy Note 2 phone.

Other issues with the app, it does not clean close when hitting back, you've got to manually force close the app.

The latest version of the app apparently removed two-way audio, while I can hear the sound from the device (if i enable the audio), the device does not play

Other Thoughts: CONs continued!!!

Video is recorded at 640x360. For those counting, yes that is WORSE than the video my VCR played movies on my 35 year old 27 inch CRT television. And hilariously half the claimed 720p resolution. Not to mention it's rocking an abysmal 5 fps when DISPLAYING 720p while you take snapshots of the video.

In addition, it defaults to 640x360 resolution for video and snapshots, and rocks out at a maximum 10 fps. While the stats make "WHOPPING" claims of 25fps, it doesn't go on to tell you that if you spend the same amount of money as you paid for this camera on a video card for your computer and played any game you'd likely get more than 5 fps, but if you got 5 fps, you'd likely send it back.

In order to 'subscribe' to the premium service, belkin has opted to contract their cloud services out. I'm not sure how 'reputable' you can call yourself when you are named "SEEDONK". I get the SEE half...I halfway get their DONK second half after reading their explanation. But seriously, i'll never pay money to a company that named themselves after a person's rear or a junky car. And the notion of had I paid for this device and not being able to use it completely without buying additional purchases from the app and subscribing to another service with DONK in the name (actually, I would not be surprised if newegg blocks this review for having used the word donk in the review...). Furthermore i'm not a huge fan of the iWhatever craze. But if you're going to give me an android app, don't call it iSecurity...please?

Another issue I have is that the notification you receive when the camera senses motion essentially is an email that says nothing more than "Ir sensed motion." LR being the code name I gave to the camera in my living room. But it doesn't record the video of the motion, I have to quickly after receiving the notification 1-2 minutes after the movement, login to the app and hope that the movement is still in the field of view. If you want anything different, have fun paying more than you paid for the camera.

I find the mere notion of having to pay for a lifetime of subscription costs after I just paid for your device is ridiculous. That alone would make me send the product back.

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Ok...on to the other thoughts finally...

While my CONs took up nearly twice the allocated space for CONs, I'm still giving the device a 3 star review. I truly feel the review is a 2.5 star review at best. This is not a great product, but it is clear and concise when it advises up front that there may be additional costs. It does provide night vision optics as it states, it does provide 720p resolution as it states, the camera performs as it states. My main contention is that it is a little ambiguous with how it words things and that causes me to be frustrated with the product. I would never buy this, nor recommend it, but it performs mostly as

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Netgear C6300 AC1750 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 in 1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Router, even better modem 12/29/2014

This review is from: Netgear C6300 AC1750 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 in 1

Pros: Super fast router

Great heat dissipation

Gigabit LAN

Approved for most cable companies

Less LED lights than normal, 1 vs more than 4

Has a new slide out tray with information on it, which is actually CON too. More on that below. But for the PRO parts, it gives you a lot of pertinent info on a slide out tray for the default information & other helpful information

When desired, the router automatically connected in bridge mode/linked (ie dhcp off), but this also seemed to cause problems in the long run (see cons)

Cons: In regards to the slide out above...the slide out was very flimsy and came out too easy. Just a minor tilt of the router makes it slide out

The power supply (PSU) is a wall wart, most of the new units now have an external PSU that doesn't take up space on my wall &/or surge protector

The unit only has one USB slot, and it seems like it's a USB 2.0 slot, which is lackluster. I tried multiple USB 3.0 units (flash drives and external hard drives & all got USB 2 speeds

The UI was clunky, I've been back & forth with netgear and felt they made huge strides only to digress

The bridge mode seemed to always default. For some reason even though I attempted to connect the router (after reset) to another network, it tried to connect in bridge mode even though it was directly connected to another network

Other Thoughts: Overall the router was great, but the DOCSIS speeds and seamless integration into my current network were great.

Even though docsis 3 is pretty much the norm now, back when I was beta testing the 3.0 modems and routers it was never a solid bet. Now with this router/modem i'm none the wiser and have had zero issues with connectivity or speed.

TESTING NOTES ---

I tested this modem/router against a Netgear R7000 and a D-Link 868L Gaming router. As an aside, this is the only modem/router, the other two are only routers. In addition, I tried this on both my home network (ATT UVERSE 6mb) and my business network (Comcast Business 16 download/16 upload)

In addition to the main test I also tried the 2.4 and 5 ghz networks. The 2.4 ghz performed normally, the 5 ghz was a little lack luster at distance, but was awesome up close. In line of sight from 2 room away, I obtained 135mbps connection speeds on my cell phone over the 5ghz network. This phone (note 2) normally only gets 72 mbps tops. However, as soon as i moved 3 rooms away it dropped down to next to nothing. Same floor, 40 feet away, through approximately 3 walls I was basically dropping connections intermittently.

On to the main test...two different AC network interface cards (NICs) which was an A6100 (mini AC netgear nic) and a Dlink dwa182 nic.

The Dlink router got 585 mbps connection speed, 90% link and signal strength on the dwa182 and on the a6100 it got 390 mbps connection speed, 100% link and strength.

The R7000 router got 351 mbps connection speed, 100% link and signal strength, 290 mbps and 100% link and signal.

And finally the c6300 modem/router got 690 mbps connection speed with 100% link and signal on the dwa182 and then 390mbps connection with 100% link and signal on the a6100.

Overall, the c6300 performed better than my heretofore best router which was the dir868l router. Even though it was pulling double duty of both modem and router.

I was impressed with the fact that this single device outperformed my R7000 even though it had similar specs.

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Date Joined: 10/09/08

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