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SUPERMICRO SYS-5018A-MLTN4 1U Rackmount Server Barebone (Black) FCBGA 1283 DDR3 1600/1333
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5 out of 5 eggs Great for SMB router/gateway 11/09/2016

This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-5018A-MLTN4 1U Rackmount Server Barebone (Black) FCBGA 1283 DDR3 1600/1333

Pros: It's power-efficient and more than powerful enough for a small- to medium-sized business router/firewall appliance. Could also make a great low-powered VM node for things that don't need a lot of CPU. Dedicated IPMI network port means you don't need a direct KVM connection nor will you chew up a regular network port for system management duties. The 4x onboard Intel-based NIC ports are nice for router/firewall duty. Those same NIC ports can be trunked/aggregated for VM duty, as well.

Cons: No redundant power supply option - prefer this for mains-only and mains+UPS+Generator legs (also makes moving from one circuit to another a much easier task). Fixed drive bays make changing out failed disks more difficult than it needs to be. There's a PCIe 8x slot, but you'd need to find the right riser kit for it (it's not included with the server). Similarly, rack-mounting rails are not included and need to be purchased separately (though, to be fair, the server is VERY light and can probably survive hanging from the rack ears alone, if needed).

Other Thoughts: I'm using this to run Untangle at home since about June 2016 (now November 2016). All I needed to add was a disk (1TB SATA) and some RAM (4x 4GB DDR3). Installation was done via virtual mounted ISO on the IPMI port (I pre-configured IPMI in the BIOS via a real KVM - all of about 5 minutes work). So far, after installation and configuration, the CPU has never peaked at more than about 10%. It's been running basically non-stop the entire time and has never locked up or otherwise crashed on me.

The server comes with 2x 3.5" drive brackets and enough cabling to connect 2x SATA disks. If you want to mount 2.5" disks, you'll need to order different brackets: MCP-220-00051-0N is for the single 2.5" mounting (replaces one of the 3.5" brackets) and MCP-220-00044-0N is for a double-2.5" mounting (again, replaces one of the 3.5" brackets). You'll also need to make sure to get additional SATA cabling if you plan to install more then 2 disks.

Overall, I'm very pleased with it.

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Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST4000NM0033 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: 4TB drives are the sweet spot in the capacity-for-dollar equation right now. And Seagate's entire Constellation line are built solidly.

Cons: None, really.

Other Thoughts: I've used these at work in a bunch of servers, including a custom-built NAS server with 8x of them in the same chassis. Haven't had a single failure, yet. The two I just ordered will be for personal use in an 8-bay NAS appliance to replace some failing 2TB drives from another manufacturer (not entirely unexpected as they're nearly 3 years old desktop-grade disks).

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TRENDnet TV-IP310PI (v1.0R) 10/100 Mbps PoE Rort Outdoor 3 MP HD Bullet Day/Night IP Camera
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4 out of 5 eggs Finicky but results are good 12/22/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TV-IP310PI (v1.0R) 10/100 Mbps PoE Rort Outdoor 3 MP HD Bullet Day/Night IP Camera

Pros: Image is above average (but not spectacular), uses standard PoE (802.11af) OR outboard DC power - depends on how you want it wired up, value for money is quite good. 3MP at this price?!

Cons: The 3MP image is narrower and taller than the other settings, particularly the 2MP (1080p) setting. Streaming that 3MP image means a reduction in framerate - about 20 fps max - where the 2MP image can stream at 30 fps. The onboard GUI for setup isn't very friendly and the included setup software is only good to get the basics set up. The included recording software isn't all that great, either, as playback isn't intuitive nor speedy. The IR blasters only light up a circle in the center of the image covering about 80% of the frame, likely as an effort at increasing the range which is impressive but unnecessary for my application (I need only about 50 feet and would prefer a more even spread).

Other Thoughts: I have a pair of these replacing some older, other-branded cameras that had lower resolution, had no night-vision and lacked true PoE capabilities. Both are mounted outdoors under the eaves of my home so they're well protected from rain/snow/etc. These new cameras work great with my 3rd party recording software and give me a better picture than my old units. When in night mode, they pick up even the earliest/latest twilight at dawn/dusk quite well. The IR blasters are really only needed for absolute darkness but do a great job of illuminating a good portion of the scene after the sun fully sets.

I'm using them at the 2MP setting to increase the framerate and to provide a wider horizontal picture of the scene over the 3MP setting. 2MP is still quite sharp. It's my new benchmark for acceptable image quality. I might add some IR floodlights to the areas being monitored to more evenly illuminate the frame and possibly eliminate the use of the built-in IR blasters. Otherwise, they're great units once you get past the clunky setup process.

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