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EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
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Pros: EZVIS, I think I get it, easy vision – but – does anyone else? Not acquainted with EZVIZ, it took some digging – I discovered, its Mini+ has been honored with a TWICE Picks Award in the Connected Home Devices category following its debut at CES 2016.

Unfortunately, this (EZVIZ Mini HD 720p) doesn’t carry the + designation; it is 720p (720p = 1280 x 720) - not - 1080p (1080p = 1920 x 1080). Has one way audio rather than two, which is OK? My 1080p smart phone w/ 5” Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen doesn’t warrant 1080p.

Did some more digging, to learn more about Ezviz? EZVIZ Inc. is a subsidiary Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd; world’s largest supplier of CCTV & Video Surveillance Equipment > Brazil, Canada, Europe, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Latin America, Middle East, Oceania, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, UK and last but not least USA.

EZVIZ‘s android app is rated four stars - nevertheless - you’ve got to download the MYEZVIZ app, entering an e-mail address, creating a password – wait – get a number s emailed for verification purposes – then – scan QR code on the back of the camera; input your Wi-Fi details as well as your time zone. Wi-Fi coupling indicator signals blue OK & flashes red when there's a connection error. On screen phone setup, instructions say push Wi-Fi credentials need to be sent to the camera using your smart phone. Accompanying printed setup instructions say; position camera 3 meters from the router; see cons.

Mini's 115 degree extra wide-angle lens (predictable distorted image) compensates fairly well for lack of pan/tilt functionality; night vision (up to 33 feet) is roughly average. Unlike many similar cameras which accept 32 GB SD cards, this accepts 64 GB = twice the resident storage.

Unpacking the mini, initial impression, it has a Cupertino, California vibe.

Cons: Setting the mini may not be as stress free as advertised. It couldn’t be much simpler according to the instructions – but – if you have a dual band router (ac & n) and/or range extender/s; potentially you could have a problem. Case in point, the mini doesn’t have ac capabilities, potentially triggering an incompatibility problem; reason to use (provided) lifetime technical support (valuable perk).

Coldplay subscription terms updated August 3, 2016; one-month free trial….

Other Thoughts: Strong Wi-Fi infrastructure is important, if your situation needs enhancement; an excellent simple solution is a range extender.

The Mini’s footprint (3.6" x 2" x 1") weighed against to what I’m accustomed to from a practical perspective (owing to its light weight and small size & permanently attached USB cord) it’ll get yanked and easily displaced without employing the included attachment kit. The mini’s magnetic base, metal plate is excellent.

Installing the mini wasn’t as easy as it was cracked-up to be. It took a couple phone calls to resolve idiosyncrasies. My calls were answered promptly; within a minute. Canadian based technicians were extraordinary helpers.

I’d rate the camera C/B; technical support AAAAA, more than compensating for objections.

KUDOS: EZVIS is to be congratulated, for investing in “GREAT” no-hassle technical support.

TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Tested: TP-LINK’s (alleged) “Industry-Leading, 24/7 unlimited technical support by phone.” 08/05/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: I installed the RE355 twice, not because I had to – but – curious. First, using WPS; plugging the unit into a wall socket, following the sequential push button instructions; after adequately finishing, the device was moved about to achieve the best practical result using the onboard intelligent signal light, augmented the Wi-Fi analyzer on my smartphone.

Next (per quick installation guide) the device (after resetting it) reinstalled using a Wi-Fi enabled PC web browser. Both installs were relatively simple, although it’s easy to over intellectualize the procedures. Preference: Manually configure the device, although it’s more involved than WPS.

There’s an onboard LED displays to guide you through the install process; power, band and connection strength; large illumined circle utilized for WPS link and location placement. Practicality wise, the signal strength indicator is too conservative. Solid blue LED signals good connection, solid red exceeded limits – nevertheless – there’s orange ( leeway) worked fine locating the device for web browsing on a tablet, streaming media (Netflix), although doing so is not recommended by manufacturer; in my case, done out of necessity.

I’d grade the RE355’s broadcast signal (range) A; receive C, requiring placement closer to the signal source than expected; essentially, what you loose on one side you gain on the other.

Test: Viewed wirelessly in a marginal signal area on a tablet computer; before/after RE355 enhancement: craigslist >>> housing rentals >>> view in the gallery format. Scroll down rapidly >>> sketchy signal >>> photographs appear choppy/slow vs. w/ TP-LINK RE355 (located beyond the recommended distance from router), pictures appear effortlessly almost instantaneously. The same truism applies to video streaming; unacceptable stopping for rebuffering, blurry video; solvable with the RE355 (provided your isp is maintaining a good signal).

My ISP (considered fast) provided connectivity: Download 67.25 Mbps; Upload 7.54 Mbps > capabilities of the RE355 are ginormous in comparison.

Cons: Quibbles: Discussed, considered not substantial.

Other Thoughts: Heretofore, Wi-Fi (for the most part) area was confined – since then - requirements have increased to include whole house & beyond > smart televisions, video door bells, thermostats; surveillance gizmos with push notification and etcetera. Satellite television no longer is standalone, i.e., Direct TV Internet inter connectivity. Land line telephones companies are losing customers with shared Internet voip connectivity, i.e., (highly recommended) Obihai/Google (FREE) voice. There’s no getting around, strong reliable Internet connectivity is essential; the RE355 will go a long way to help accomplish that task; furthermore, it’s remarkably novice friendly.

This & similar (networking enhancement devices) in today’s connected society ought to be a prevalent as cordless phones, they aren’t. To illustrate the point, I showed the RE355 to a presumed technically savvy teenager; holding a smartphone. He gasped, saying that’ll boost a Wi-Fi signal! Wi-Fi in most households is as important as hot water. It’d difficult to understand how little folks know about managing their Internet utility.

Wireless range extenders provide an infrastructure (on the verge of science fiction) to remotely control cameras, which can pan/tilt; talk/listen; by a remote device (smartphone or tablet). Responsiveness to manipulative screen gestures controlled pan/tilt, log-in are dependent upon a strong wireless substructure. The newest generation of remote pan/tilt, talk/listen ip cameras require advanced (well-matched) operating systems, e.g., android Lollypop, Marshmallow.

The heart of my Wi-Fi is a TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router; it has performed admirably (two years). Judging from this experience, I‘d venture to guess this (TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender) will perform, likewise; only the test of time will tell – nevertheless – I’m optimistic it will.

Checked TP-LINK’s alleged, “Industry-Leading, 24/7 unlimited technical support by phone.” Called, I was next in the queue, waited no longer than a minute, spoke to a technician in California; discussion was outstanding. I received a follow-up email the following day. Customer support rating: A+

Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH1000101 Gold
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Pros: Mind boggling science fiction, here and now > a device that stores and retrieves information reminiscent of art-deco style (pre WWII art/technology future-cast) mimicking a circa 1935 compact/cigarette case motif with capacity to hold 916,259,689 pages of plaintext (1,200 characters); assuming you’ve got one terabyte utilizable space.

A one terabyte external hard drive doesn’t get much more portable/affordable/practical than this - or - simpler to use > high-speed USB connectivity w/ seamless plug-and-play functionality. A Rolex® Submariner watch, iconic robust & functional design (13 mm) thick is thicker than this (9.6mm); remarkable considering it isn’t a solid-state drive > it’s got a motor, read/write apparatus, disk. Hard to believe how quiet it is, you almost need a stethoscope to tell its operating! I can attest its shock resistant; short cord plugged into my PC > falling on the floor didn’t faze it.

Seagate Dashboard backup software is there if you choose to use it, the product page explains it much better than I ever could. Personally, I’ve chosen to use it (not as proposed) conventionally, nevertheless, curious; I went through the install routine to check it out. During the process, I was taken to my Microsoft account, 200GB of complimentary cloud storage was added to my existing one drive account.

I currently have installed (2) Seagate hard drives; ST3000DM001-1CH166 [Hard drives] (3000.59 GB) on this system, which perform flawlessly; Seagate is a data-storage icon I trust > Seagate’s got another home run with the STEH1000101; I anticipate this will perform, likewise (without a glitch); only the test of time will tell.

Cons: Don’t attempt to install Windows 7 on this drive via an Intel Skylake platform without researching > Windows 7 install, Skylake platform using USB device.

It comes with a semi-rigid 18-inch USB 3.0 cable; odd drive end precludes using a readily accessible alternative.

Restrictions: You are not licensed to do any of the following (One) > Use the product to provide services to third parties.

Other Thoughts: This is surprisingly super neat; it easily can be placed into a pocket, mistaken for a wallet, influencing the following. This & comparable devices should be required (by law) to possess cutting-edge electronic article surveillance; to forestall data theft. We live in perilous times; ease of use, efficiency, and miniaturization makes it possible for anyone with access to pirate a mindboggling amount of data.

Uses are as varied, mine, safe harbour (free of Internet contamination).

Shopping Insight > Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STEH1000101 Gold. Vs. Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STEH2000101 Gold; comparatively the 2 TB version cost per gigabyte is much less.

Seagate’s got a winner here > all-in-all this is an amazing engineering/design achievement; more complex/precise than a fine Swiss watch; cost, less than a high school algebra textbook. You need to hold it in your hand to comprehend this accomplishment. I marvel at the creativity and craftsmanship this embodies; I’m sure you’ll agree….


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