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Intel BOXNUC5I7RYH 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel Iris Graphics 6100 Aluminum and Plastic Black NUC Kit (Rock Canyon)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Fast
2. Compact
3. Works with both M2 and 2.5" hard drives.
4. Bluetooth and Wifi included

Cons: 1. Fan is audible.
2. Bluetooth and Wifi are soldered down.

Other Thoughts: First, I'll start with the components I used.

N82E16820148956 - Crucial MX200 M.2 500GB SATA
2 x N82E16820148733 - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
OS - Debian Linux SID

With these components, the NUC is about 2 times faster for compiling applications then the i5 based NUC I bought about 3 years ago.

The NUC is fast and compact, but as I mentioned on the default BIOS settings the fan is audible so if you want this to watch movies on you are probably better off getting the i5 or i3 based NUC.

The other main disadvantage is that the wireless is soldered onto the board. This means that the wireless can't be upgraded. This is a big minus for me and why I took off an egg.

As is typically, the NUC shipped with the first release BIOS. So one of the first things I did was flash the BIOS with the latest off the Intel website.

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.

D-Link DCS-7513 Surveillance/Network Camera - Color
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  • 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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Date Joined: 05/12/04

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