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Peter P.

Peter P.

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Fit my application perfectly with eggcellent fucntionality

APC BE600M1 Back-UPS 600 VA 330 Watts 7 Outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with USB Charging Port (Replaces BE550G)
APC BE600M1 Back-UPS 600 VA 330 Watts 7 Outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with USB Charging Port (Replaces BE550G)

Pros: Operated exactly as advertised. This review unit arrived with excellent timing. The day after I installed it the power here went out for over an hour with several outages the following week! Not only did the BU 600 keep my cable modem, gigabit switch and a high end router running without missing a beat, I was even able to keep my phone charging. Estimated run time with the new battery and minimalist load was 3 hours+. Of course age reduces the battery capacity, but if you use this product in your server room, it will keep your web connections and routers running like nothing happened for at least 60+ minutes Management software is a free download. The unit was detected on my win7/64 laptop USB and windows drivers installed, and then I installed the APC software. No eyebrow raisers there. Wall mounting holes a nice touch. USB charge port @ 1.5amps shows engineers are listening to customers. I'm seeing this all over the business lately. I just bought a nice desk lamp that has a USB charge port on it.

Cons: PowerChute software has been around long enough that I would expect all little issues to be resolved. My software reported that I was drawing just 3-6 watts of power while running on battery. My phone drawing 5volts at 1 amp is 5 watts on its own. That seemed pretty low, but bottom line with a small load of mission critical network gear you should expect the Back UPS 600 to keep you connected fsor most short outages. Out average outage here is under 30 minutes. The unit was tested a few times during the second week it was here, as the power went out several times a day. No software on CD must be downloaded from APC ( not a con for me, I have multiple APC units on site so the software was sitting on a NAS) While my unit was perfect, you'll notice several duds and complaints. Don't expect high quality control standards on a product selling sub $100 these days. Failure numbers as high as 5% might be acceptable.

Overall Review: CHARGE the battery for 24 hours before use. I can't emphasize this enough. Good battery management calls for it. Without doubt the life of an SLA battery is maximized by not discharging it for long periods when it didn't start out fully charged. Battery should be inexpensive to replace in a few years. Typically USP batteries start declines after about two years, unless your electrical grid looks like something out of New Delhi in which case the life will be shorter if you have to hit it often. The self test will watch battery performance an ping you when the battery is due for a replacement. Most of my APC gear has held up over the years, I wore out a couple of them, but considering that a $300 bit can protect thousands worth of gear, I just replace my mission critical ones every few years. The batteries on the larger units are expensive. A five egg rating as the entire experience as was exactly what was expected from a consumers standpoint. My expectations as a seasoned tech was also met without any broken eggs.

Most Critical Review

Not quite ready for prime time viewing

TRENDnet TV-IP321PI Indoor / Outdoor 1.3MP HD PoE Dome IR Network Camera
TRENDnet TV-IP321PI Indoor / Outdoor 1.3MP HD PoE Dome IR Network Camera

Pros: Supports PoE or a direct 12v hookup ( it is clearly noted that a 12v supply is NOT included) Fully weatherproof Ethernet connection Solid dome weatherproofing using torx attachment screws to deter tampering ( wrench provided) Moisture Absorbent packet installed in dome-nice touch Great Night Vision Illumination Tamper proof ( to a point there are software triggers, no physical switch) THREE year warranty-----out-standing Trendnet view pro included, could save you thousands of bucks on a large install.

Cons: Motion Detection basically unusable Software selections confusing and buggy Price Point. MSRP is high, often discounted App Software for iOs has operational issues Learning curve is steep I spent far more time then I cared to trying to get this product to fill my simple needs of watching a door and reporting when somebody appeared. I got notices every time a bug flew thru the field of view, sensitivity control seemed to be all or nothing. Motion sensing would stop at random, requiring a reboot Software would often crash camera when reviewing captured video ---------------------------------------------------------------------- I've got more then enough to say here...I'll continue to the next field.... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have lots of cameras around my home. I use a mix of systems including some PoE IP cameras, a couple of cloud based single cameras and an old analog system, So I consider myself pretty well versed in this area. The TV-IP321pi is a solid dome camera, but there are too many gotchas to suggest that anybody below the “ I am an expert” attempt to integrate this camera into a bigger system or even use it as a single security camera Trendnet Supplies a pretty potent bit of software for this product called Trendnet View pro. Has support for up to 32 cameras and it’s the type of product somebody would find useful managing a dozen or more cameras spread out in a large facility. It’s a number one reason to go with Trendnet products, similar products cost quite a bit (you would be surprised). However there is one important fact that ANYBODY considering this particular product should know. Trendnet has a couple of camera product lines. This particular line is NOT cloud based. In simple terms, you CAN get it to work outside your home network, but it requires above average skills networking. It is however well documented on the Trendnet website as to which cameras are supported by which versions of their software. From my 20 years’ experience is software, I can tell you that managing three teams developing three variants of a package is an absolute nightmare. Having the same team working on three variants is EVEN WORSE. Then the App teams. Work with more than one class of Trendnet products and you’ll get frustrated fast.

Overall Review: continued.... ---------------------- DDNS support was expanded from what a previous reviewer encountered. Now supporting both Dyn and No-IP services. I set my camera up with the dyn service and was able to access the camera image on my iphone when outside of my home network. Had to dink around with the sub-stream settings and the iOs app was constantly claiming the video is in the wrong format for the first twenty minutes or so, then no problems at all. Odd. I ended up getting better results with the sub stream image set to mjpeg 352*240 variable b/r medium quality and 10 frames per second. That should save somebody a few hours. The Android version of the Trendnet app appeared to be far more stable with rock solid video feeds from inside the home network. My android phone isn’t used as a telephone. So I cannot comment how well it does outside the home network. I would expect it to be fine. My HP tablet had too old of a version of the android OS to allow the install. Considering the erratic email notifications (when you can get them work reliably and not start to cry wolf (sends and image (and lots of them) when there is no obvious intrusion into the detection zone) and I’d say again that as a manned surveillance product, great, to expect notifications when the kids come home or UPS drops a package, not so reliable. You always want to upgrade the firmware in a camera system to the latest version before you install it. Do a hard reset on the hardware itself after updating the firmware. I had unreliable operation of this system until I did a hard reset after updating the firmware. Getting the firmware update in was painless. Some obvious UI improvements, most notably the “Test” button for the email setup to attempt to send out mail. Still a long way from finished if anybody asks me. The MSRPt is on the high side of dome cameras, couple this with the various issues I encountered and I can again only suggest this camera as expansion to an existing network of Trendnet camera products. It has great potential, but software issues hobble the camera to the point I would have returned it. I have the opinion that this product line is best suited for experienced IT and system people. A novice will be brought to tears setting up access to NAS/Samba file storage (no storage on the device itself). It took almost an hour to prepare a 64GB flash drive sitting in my TP-Link Talon router’s USB3 slot. Frustrating that it appeared “Stuck” at 88%, while it was continuing to write files to the flash drive. Imagine how much time I wasted dinking around with all that stuff. I had been using the flash drive for installers and such beforehand with no problems. Bottom line: I’ll give the Trendnet IP321 three eggs for an outstanding image quality and night vision illumination and the basic product design. Software issues however are serious and severely limits what I would suggest you use the particular camera for. Perhaps in the next rev, they will finally get it right, but until then, carefully consider why you want this particular camera. I was going to rate this product poor. I’ll have to take a little of the blame here, but the Trendnet developers sure appear to make a whole lot of assumptions about user skill levels and didn’t provide much in the way of guidance (by example would have helped lots) or perhaps a simple explanation why a NAS device has to be “formatted” before the IP321-pi could save video to it. Not formatted, it just has to set up its file system. All other data on the drive can remain Final Thoughts: Solid hardware by a committed company. I’m sure whatever firmware issues made my life difficult will get resolved up to the cameras end of life status arrives. The firmware needs a lot of work. Sorry Trendnet, but I depend on and rely on consistent and reliable operation for email and motion notifications Good software values if you run a Trendnet camera system, you could hang a dozen of these around your property and have all the video feeds running displaying on a large monitor, just like you’ve seen in Hollywood surveillance rooms. That alone is worth the price of admission, as a good surveillance camera management package can run well over a thousand bucks. I’d say for an Average Joe who just wants to know when somebody was at his front door for whatever reason, look into offerings by other vendors. Don’t buy because of a deep discount makes something look like a deal. Read the reviews and come to your own conclusions. My conclusion is that since I need reliable motion notifications, I cannot use this product for its intended purpose. I’ll be watching for the next firmware update, hopefully I can give this camera a couple of more eggs after that happens.

in a word or two: BUY IT

Poweradd Pilot 4GS Power Bank 12000mAh Portable Charger Dual 3A Output External Battery Pack for iPhone,iPad,Samsung Galaxy and More - Rose
Poweradd Pilot 4GS Power Bank 12000mAh Portable Charger Dual 3A Output External Battery Pack for iPhone,iPad,Samsung Galaxy and More - Rose

Pros: has a lightning power input so you don't have to drag two connecting cable around great capacity

Cons: none, really

Overall Review: the switch from a USB to lightning cable for power input makes this the perfect bit for any iphone user. I have a pair of similar products where fat fingered pals broke the power input forcing the cable in upside down during travel loans. this one should last as long as the batteries do, its nearly impossible to break the power input connector. a flashlight would have been a nice addition..maybe next time

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Seagate BarraCuda ST4000DM004 4TB 5400 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives Bare Drive - OEM
Seagate BarraCuda ST4000DM004 4TB 5400 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives Bare Drive - OEM

Pros: worked right out of the box connectors were no problem screw holes were properly placed packaging was above average protection wise. I had two in my order

Cons: while the warranty wasn't quite as much as the other brands for close to the same money, seagate has been pretty good to me over the last 30 years, so I opted to spend my money there this time.

Overall Review: would recommend if you aren't a hardware fan boy of an alternate brand. I'm looking forward to even greater stuff in the next ten years. I'm a child of the flexible disk, btw.

12/10/2021

Vengeance (is mine)

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RT 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMN32GX4M2Z3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RT 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMN32GX4M2Z3200C16

Pros: Its blingalicious, and functional too its an impressive bit of memory chip It allowed itself to be auto-configured in my questionable x99 win7 MB Once the software was working, it can do some interesting things More ram is always better

Cons: The supporting Software ( I-cue) was a pretty big problem, considering the type of product we have here. Installing the latest release from the corsair support site resulted in unrecoverable errors. I had to do a bit of sniffing and then hit it with my best bug busting skills.I am running win7/64 which is quite long in the tooth now, so issues may appear on an odd configuration or two. While somebody reported the identical fault I was having, I found that a previous release of the software, which was kinda hidden away, allowed the light show to begin.

Overall Review: The memory was recognized with no problems after opening the solid packaging . I -cue, corsairs supporting software has some interesting features, including a system monitor dashboard and the ability of having the ram's LED's reflect by mapping some state of your system ( like when your processor is starting to smoke a little) You have three colors/temp triggers to pick as indicators, as you can monitor individual functions per stick of memory. Could be handy Really not into bling myself, but I like being able to see the green glow of my processor not melting from a fan gone wonky. I was moderately unhappy with the software problems and it took time to resolve, so I cut one egg. Installers have the ability to be better configured to assure the software package installed will actually run, or point directly to the error. Having spent 20 years in the industry, I'll just say "it happens, and if it happens to you, we're sorry about that, it ran on 99% of systems we tested against" I eventually got I-cue to run. I do process a bit of video now and then so more ram is always better and had immediate benefit for several of my favorite games I'm a bit more accepting of the bling thing after playing with the visuals on this ram a bit, so I wouldn't be against going with a corsair something ( like a couple of fans) else down the road to get some coordinated effects Its a solid buy considering the current shortages of silicon being reported and a far -cry from the day when memory was sold by the MB, not the GB

10/15/2021

Where old drives can go to die....

SYBA SY-ENC50104 4 Bay 3.5" SATA III HDD NON-RAID Enclosure – Supports USB 3.0 & eSATA Interface
SYBA SY-ENC50104 4 Bay 3.5" SATA III HDD NON-RAID Enclosure – Supports USB 3.0 & eSATA Interface

Pros: A great solution for getting the most out of drives that are long in the tooth Drive bays are simple to deal with. Clips are retractable if you opt to use an SSD or 2.5 inch SATA drive The USB3 interface worked fine on my x99 pc and all 4 drives came right up, no problems only some old friends to visit with. Ventilation didn't seem to be a problem, but your results might vary. I didn't have the need to use the E-SATA interface. I had plenty of USB3 available The Syba sports an intelligent power supply, the drives shut down when the USB interface senses nothing at the host end copying between drives in this unit was no problem and the drive trays are easily removed Its a solid value

Cons: Blinding blue LED lights

Overall Review: If you need more drive bays, this is a great solution without going thru the hassle of a case transplant. Perhaps a future product (hint hint hint) would be able to accommodate a DVD drive as I'm eyeing some new cases that have no external drive bays and that's a problem for me. I'm sure with some case surgery I could get a dvd to fit, but I'd rather have a manufactured solution. Its a five egg win folks, and its pretty rare that the only thing I can fault a product for is a blindingly bright led

10/13/2021
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who cares if you leave them behind?

I've been buying Orinco stuff for a while. Always good quality, never a problem. I picked these chargers since they use a figure 8 plug, not a wall wart.

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12/20/2017

over two weeks to deliver

might be one sale a day, but after 5 emails a day I unsubscribed and long delivery times for everything I've ever purhcased from them, be aware of long delivery times on merhcandise from this vendor. Great deals however, but the item I thought I ordered well in advance of my trip STILL HASN't ARRIVED!

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