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ZyXEL USG110 Next-Generation USG with 100 VPN Tunnels, SSL VPN, 2 GbE WAN, 1 OPT GbE, 4 GbE LAN/DMZ, with 1 Year UTM Services
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Fast compared to other devices in the same price range.
2. Very detailed configuration options. Policies and be easily applied to arbitrary combinations of machines on the network.
3. L2TP for native VPN support for iOS/OS X.
4. Lightweight DNS server builtin for those with a small number of devices on the local network with a hardcoded name and IP address.
5. Fan speed control. Fan will stop if the device is not busy.
6. Outstanding online documentation available for download from the manufacture web site.
7 Even though the complexity of the device is high, most of the features actually work as advertised or the way you would expect them to work.

Cons: 1. The actual AV throughput is nowhere near the advertised throughput.
2. The learning curve is a bit steep due to the complexity of configuration.

Other Thoughts: I'm a power home user that bought this to protect the local network and for occasional connecting to home via VPN through a smart phone or laptop. This device was purchased to replace a 2 year old UTM of a different brand. In general I'm very happy with the new device.

I have 100mb/s cable at home and I bought a higher end device since very few of these UTM devices can do anything close to full network speed. The USG110 is very fast in general to the point that I can saturate the cable connection with all the protections turned on including content filtering, but with anti-virus turned off. With AV turned on, the device typically gets about 30-50mb/s which is nowhere near the advertised speed of 250mb/s. This is a bit disconcerting, but the USG110 is still about 2 times faster then my previous UTM at a fraction of the cost. It's also very easy to exempt some machines from AV protection or disable AV when occasionally downloading large files.

The fan speed control is a huge plus. As mentioned, the device will put the fan into low speed or even stop it if the traffic is low. This is great for the home or small business environment as excess noise can be a real problem.

Finally, I would like to mention that like most UTMs content filtering can remove many of the annoying ads from web pages that slow things down.

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D-Link DCS-7513 Surveillance/Network Camera - Color
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Easy to install/Great Picture Quality 10/09/2014

This review is from: D-Link DCS-7513 Surveillance/Network Camera - Color

Pros: 1. Greate picture quality. Does 1900/1200(15fps) in 4x3 mode.

2. Easy to install.

3. POE eliminates the need to run a power line to camera.

Cons: 1. Motion dection can be a bit complex to setup. The motion detection will often trip over meaningless things such as a cloud passing over.

2. The camera has a bundle of wires for unnecessary things such as BNC output or audio output. These wires can be removed by taking the camera apart, but unlike other dlink cameras I've purchased the box does not include a blank stopper for the hole.

3. Setup web page only works 100% from Internet Explorer. The web interface has some controls that don't work property from Firefox(Linux) or Safari(MacOSX).

Other Thoughts: Two things to watch out for with the install.

1. The mounting plate is buried under a piece of cardboard and is hard to find. I almost sent the camera back because it took awhile to find the plate.

2. As mentioned, the web interface only works with IE. I though the camera for broken when I first opened it because the zoom was not working because I was using Firefox for the inital setup. Luckly, I tried using Internet Explorer before sending it back.

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SilverStone DS380B Black Aluminum front door, SECC body NAS chassis Premium 8-bay Small Form Factor NAS Chassis SFX PSU (sold separately) Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 8 external drives + 4 SSD drive slots.
3 huge fans are nearly silent.
Compact size for the amount of storage space
Keeps the drives and MB very cool

Cons: Requires a separate power supply which adds to the cost
Trays are cheap plastic rather then metal
Fan filters are attached by cheap magnetics and can fall off quite easily

Other Thoughts: I've purchased two of these over the course of a month of so and I'm relatively happy. I have 8 3.5 drives plus 1 SSD boot drive with a fanless asrock mini-itx motherboard. Surprisingly, the system is very quite and the board stays very cool with the 3 huge fans.

I took off an egg because of the cons which could have been easily fixed. I do realize that the better cases tend to require a separate supply since the manufacturer doesn't really know what your requirements are.

I did not test the hot swap capability of the case.

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