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TP-LINK TL-NC220 N300 Wi-Fi Network Day / Night Cloud Camera (White)
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5 out of 5 eggs IT ACTUALLY WORKS!!! 01/12/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-NC220 N300 Wi-Fi Network Day / Night Cloud Camera (White)

Pros: This product is not very complicated and seems to hit its price point quite well. This network camera has wireless connectivity, app support, can work as a wifi extender, and include a mic all for a price lower than many cameras that only are a camera. The android app is not the greatest in the world but it does work and it does include a fair bit of functionality. I also was impressed that this device includes motion/sound alerts that can be used to send emails or over FTP. The final pro that stood out to me was the setup assistant worked well and this camera is so small and light that it can easily be mounted anywhere with sticky pads (or hard mounted).

Cons: The few issues I had were that the resolution of this camera is not very good (which kind of undermines the idea of it being a security camera, if you cannot make out details), the mic isn’t the best (also a minor problem if you want to use for security), and it does not have PoE which would have been a nice feature to have since this device is so light and low power.

Other Thoughts: Some other things I noticed were that when it switches to night mode it makes a loud click that can be annoying/jarring if you are not expecting it. I would also like to mention that the online interface is not perfect but it is functional and compares pretty well to any other online interface I have used for network cameras. In summary this device is not the greatest in the world but at this price point it is really hard to take marks off, I was more surprised that everything advertised DID work properly than by any of the cons I came across.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is one nice motherboard for a very competitive price! First of all, this is a Z170 chipset motherboard with support for Intel’s latest and greatest which includes features such as DDR4 support, USB3.0 (and 3.1 with asmedia), SATA express, M.2 slots, and many other preferable features. Now we all know that this is a Z170 motherboard so we already know what Z170 brings to the table but how does Asus set itself apart from the competition with this piece of hardware? The first thing that I always think of when I hear Asus is the excellent reliability and resistance to abuse, especially the ROG boards since they are designed with some overclocking in mind. With the ROG concept this board brings with it a very nice aesthetic that includes dark black, grey, and some red accents which I find more appealing than previous generations of mostly red and black. This motherboard also includes a robust audio solution with the usual separate PCB area but also a very powerful onboard amp, as well as an Intel NIC for one of the fastest networking experience available. Another wonderful value add from Asus is their huge software suite that functions surprisingly well (if you have been using Asus boards for awhile, you remember how tough some of the software was at first). Some of the software included is:
Power management with TPU and EPU
Very customizable fan/temp control/monitoring
Pretty good auto tuning OC
EZ flash 3, update UEFI from the internet from within the UEFI
AS suite 3 is an easy to use control panel for a lot of the software.
Now, I only listed some of the software here and there is more but keep in mind, not everyone needs all of this software but it is nice to have available to either play with or maybe you will find out that you do need it once you try it! The kicker with all of this is that this board is value priced and is only slightly more expensive than its direct competition even though it has a slew of better (objectively) software.

Cons: The few cons I could think of would be the fact that it is Z170 so there were some UEFI compatibility issues at first (but everyone had some issues at first), not that many USB 3.0 ports, asmedia controller for 3.1, and the color scheme may not be for everyone. There are other things I would have liked to see included but at this price point, it is not feasible.

Other Thoughts: This is a great board that comes in at a value price point due to it being at the “lower” end of the ROG lineup but that is just it, it is still a ROG board so it has some seriously awesome features and could theoretically overclock like a champ (your mileage may vary).

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TP-LINK TL-PA8010P KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1200 Gigabit Pass-through Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1200Mbps
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Using a powerline product can be a time saver where instead of running a hardline or depending on spotty wifi coverage you can use a pair of adapters that use your buildings electrical instead. One thigns that stood out to me was that the speed I experienced was actually competitive with wifi even though this product did not hit the advertised speeds (which is expected since those speeds are under ideal lab conditions). Another nice feature of this product is that it takes up 1 outlet but it has a pass through so as long as you have enough space it should not impact the outlet use. I really like this kit because it is very plug-n-play with 2 adapters and relatively simple to setup. This product also uses AV2 and MIMO with beam forming to help keep the connection quality up while also having an energy-saving mode when not in use.

Cons: I did not find any major cons that I could distinctly attribute to the adapters but some of the areas that could use improvement are the fact that it only has 1 ethernet port, it is a little bulky so their may not be space for it in every situation, the software is a little “meh” and can be flaky at times but is completely usable. Another issue I came across is the fact that it is a powerline adapter which means the latency can be high if your buildings electrical is problematic but that depends heavily on building/location/circuit.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, I have always steered away from powerline adapters because the few I have tried were always pretty terrible and I found it much easier to either use a wifi extender or just run a cat5 cable. I have found in my relatively basic testing that this powerline adapter finally does what powerline has been promising since its inception. I found that the latency was the only disappointing part for me but that may have been heavily due to the extremely old wiring in my house. When I put them on a newer leg of the electrical they worked well but when I put them on separate circuits (two very old legs) the latency went up pretty high, getting close to 200ms in some cases BUT on proper electrical it worked quite well. This product has sold me on the idea and I now see it as a feasible option in the future!

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