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LaView LV-KN988P86A4 Premium IP Surveillance System 8 Channel NVR + 6 x Full HD 1080P Day/Night In/Outdoor Cameras (No HDD Included)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The cameras provide very good images in daylight. The IR nightlite casts a halo on the night-time black & white images and bugs seem to like that IR light.

The "width of view" and "depth of view" of these cameras is really very good. I would say you can easy get a good image at 50 feet in daylight. The "width of view" comment means they see a "wide picture", perhaps 120 degree width or more. Motion in any picture will depend on the "frames per second" and "video rate" settings for the camera. Unfortunately the "width of view" cannot be "narrowed" as far as I can tell.

Update: You can use the NVR GUI to update the camera firmware. Make sure the firmware is placed on a FAT-formatted USB stick so the NVR can find it.

Cons: The NVR device is a "horror" to get setup. Yes, all of the cables are easy to plug in. Yes, the units are easy to open so you can add a hard drive or 2; I suggest using HDD that are "surveillance rated" since the unit will be on 24x7. I bought 2 systems for 2 different installations. Both NVR units fail to accept their "default" passwords, and there are multiple "default" passwords for these NVR units per the Laview website, so I am unable to setup either NVR unit.

Right now I am suffering through the Laview Tech Support process, all via email unless you want to to "sit on hold" waiting to speak to someone. The process provided by Tech Support to obtain a picture of a "serial number" to send to them so they can email back a "secret code" to "default" the unit also does not work on both NVR units that I have. I don't know what Tech Support will suggest next, probably RMA, and that would show their product engineering is severely lacking because of the lack of "reliable field reset". I wonder how the professional installers of these systems handle problems like this? Carry multiple units (which costs money) and play "NVR roulette" in their shops before going to customer sites?

Even their camera have the ability to "default" the stored camera setups and that function actually works on the cameras! The cameras have a recessed pushbutton to "default" the camera setup. That pushbutton is difficult to access once the camera is mounted, so anyone tampering with the camera is likely to be captured by the camera before they succeed.

Update: The "quick install guide" for the NVR gives you BAD INFO. The "3.3.1 20160328" firmware for the NVR defaults to asking the customer to setup a password before any NVR setup can take place. That little change in the default behavior is definitely not covered in the included "quick install guide" or even the "user manual". I learned what was expected by reading the documentation for another brand, H**v**ion, that is the apparent basis for this unit. Once you have a password setup only then can you proceed to setting up the NVR unit. If you prefer to have the unit boot up without asking for a password, you can set that up in the menu's "Configuration -> General" section; just unclick the "Enable password" box. I tested this and it does work on the firmware version I mention here (3.3.1 20160328).

Other Thoughts: I have no issues with the cameras in this system. For the price I paid for these systems, the cameras were much cheaper than buying them separately, making the NVR like a "free item" in the deal. Given the hassles I am having with the NVR, now I know why the NVR is like a "free item" in the deal......

Update: This NVR has loads of options. Do not expect to get it setup the way you want in 1 afternoon. I would say you should expect to dedicate a few afternoons scattered across a week or more to get camera captures & trigger zones "tuned" to your needs. Given all of the flexibility found in the NVR menus, and while this unit is basically "plug & play", if you want to get the most out of this unit and it's "professional level" features, expect to spend some time.

Finally, do not expect Laview Tech Support to respond very quickly via email. So don't expect to have a very interactive exchange with them. Depending on what time of day you email them and how busy they are, you might get 1 reply by the end of the day. I found that Laview Tech Support could not recognize the issue I described in my support request; they needed a picture to understand what I was seeing. That tells me that they may not know their own products very well. Since the supplied documentation seems "out of sync" with the NVR firmware version they are shipping out, then I am not surprised they don't know how to support the most current firmware version for their NVR units. I checked and "3.3.1 20160328" is the most current version offered on Laview's web site, and yes that is firmware from March of 2016 that isn't covered in their supplied or even online documentation or FAQ pages. Yes, that is SAD.

So why 5 stars and not something less? Well, once you figure out how to access the NVR unit, then take the time to set it up and adjust it to your needs, the actual end result is really very nice. And the Laview IP cameras are pretty much the same way, especially if they are using older firmware; the 2MP "bullet" IP cameras sold by Laview with this system do have an upgrade available. That upgrade is easy if you use their NVR and a hassle if you don't use their NVR.

EATON 5S1500LCD 1500 VA 900 Watts 10 Outlets UPS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good Product 01/13/2017

This review is from: EATON 5S1500LCD 1500 VA 900 Watts 10 Outlets UPS

Pros: Well packed manufacturer packaging.

Very clear multi-lingual user manual that is well worth the time reading the few pages in your chosen language.

Very clear warning markers attached to UPS. Very difficult to install and use this unit without seeing the warning marker to connect the internal batteries.

Silent operation; it does not have any fans on/in it that I can tell.

Novel "master slave" outlet pairing. Lose power to the "master" device and the "slave" device turns off immediately. The manual tells me this feature is disabled by default, but read the user manual carefully to fully understand it's operation.

Cons: It is HEAVY. Place this unit on a very sturdy shelf. Ask for assistance if needed because of it's weight.

Obvious odor of a "new unit" that slowly goes away over time. Do not place this unit in an enclosed room because that will contain the odor. I have noticed similar odors from other UPS units that I have bought. It must be "that new battery smell" that's added at the factory!

Do not expect this unit to be fully charged when shipped. My unit was around 75% charged and needed a few hours to "top up" to a full charge.

None of these items are worth taking off any eggs.

Other Thoughts: Yes, the unit is advertised as having 10 outlets, but not all of those outlets are connected to the internal battery in the event of a power outage. Some of the outlets are "surge suppressor only" outlets that turn off when commercial power is lost. Plan your installation appropriately.

I find this unit is fine for being a power backup to a server and associated monitor with more than adequate "runtime" to power down the server once commercial power is lost.

I mainly bought this unit for it's "surge suppression" and "line interactive" features since my commercial power is fairly reliable, but having the backup battery function is nice.

I am using the "NUT" free power monitoring software on my Linux server. The UPS is attached via the included USB cable. The version of "NUT" (2.7.3 in my case) that I am using easily supports this unit using the "usbhid-ups" driver from the "NUT" software package.

Interesting note: my unit was 6 months old when it arrived "new" (and in a fully "sealed box" also) at my doorstep according to the manufacturer's own package labels.

I would consider buying this unit and using this manufacturer's products again if necessary.

Ergotron FX30 FX Series FX30 Wall Mount, Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Easy To Install But... 01/09/2017

This review is from: Ergotron FX30 FX Series FX30 Wall Mount, Black

Pros: Easy to install. I used very sturdy wood screws to secure the backplate to a wooden mounting board that is secured to the wall.

Any TV or monitor that you mount to a wall will be very close to the wall. The entire assembled mounting is about 1 inch thick, so you will need slender fingers to get behind the mounted TV/monitor.

The entire mounting is fashioned out of 1/8th inch thick steel. It feels very sturdy and very heavy in your hand.

Cons: The mounting plate that attaches to a TV or monitor VESA mount uses a "swinging latch" to secure the assembly to the backplate. While such a desin is easy to manipulate "blind", the fitting between the VESA mounting plate and the backplate can be described as "fiddly". You have to "snug up" the VESA mounting plate into the backplate before the "swinging latch" will "catch" on the backplate. So 1 egg off for that.

Other Thoughts: You have to supply your own wood screws to secure the backplate to the wall.

Do not use this mounting for a TV or monitor that you want to keep secure since the "swinging latch" has nothing to "lock" the VESA mounting plate to the backplate; you cannot "lock" the mounted TV/monitor to the backplate. That also means constant mounting and unmounting of a TV/monitor might loosen the "swinging latch" over time. Something to consider.


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