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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: Not bad video, better than most CCTVs, easy to use, easy to setup. Small and compact design. I love the magnetic base and included metal plate. That really opens up where you can install it. Awful blue light can be turned off, IR can be turned off too, for discrete recording. (Wouldn’t recommend in pitch black room or you won’t see nothing.) I love the pinch zoom, and can only imagine one of their newer models that would have a zoom lens to really open up this feature! The night vision is great other than the IR lights needing to be on to take full advantage of it.

Didn’t take too much effort to setup on iPad. Was much quicker on iPod touch. Had to enter security code on back of camera as the video is encrypted! What a fantastic way to curb the perverts who drive around looking to peek in on unsecure cameras!

At home, I use my iPad to view the camera and at work I can check in on my iPod! It is fantastic how easy it was to get going! (Once I got past the not finding the software on iPad at first!) This does a fantastic job as a security camera and a room monitor! A parent’s best friend to end those “He said/she said” sibling rivalries. A great device to help kids/people take ownership of their actions!

Cons: iPad users will need to select iPhone to even see the app to download. Works well with iPad once you figure it out. Pulling down on image refreshed the image and you think HORRIBLE! Tap the image brings you to the live feed. Much better! Slight delay of maybe 3 seconds, but it will certainly show you who is in the room. Could use more information in the instructions. USB cord is a bit on the short side. Lucky I had a few extenders available.

You can disable the IR light if you want the camera to remain hidden. A good feature if you have other ambient lighting in the room that can help you to see or if you no longer have the cloud subscription and you worry a crook would just take off with the camera if he finds it. The image if horrible without the IR in a completely dark room. You should play with the feature and see the red IR lights to determine how this will work for you in your environment. (Tip: If you have more than one of these, the IR will work from one camera to provide the visual details for another. Thus you may trick an unwanted visitor into taking the camera they see, but the camera they don’t will have their act recorded. (Or you subscribe to that cloud service once your year trial runs out!)

Other Thoughts: I’ve tried many different security cameras and I am familiar with the lack of quality you find in them. If you don’t know the person on the screen, chances are you won’t be able to identify them. Lucky for us, times are changing. There is still a lot of work for outside cameras, but we should be good to go with indoor ones. You can spend twenty times or more on a higher end security camera, but if you just want to monitor a room without presenting the video to a jury, this should be just fine for you! Small note, I set it up with no problem with the Comcast hardware and high speed internet.

DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120EX CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: A cheaper all in one solution simplified for water cooling. I like the braided cloth coating on the tubes much better than the cheap looking bendy straw covering over the previous model. The glass pipe connections look so much more cleaner and smoother than the previous model as well. The EX version looks to have put in some effort into making it look like a more professional build.

It did drop my temps by 20 to 30 degrees. I like the light during setup as it shows you it Is working, but once I put my cover on, I don’t see it anymore. It was packaged rather well in my opinion. It looked like a showroom model! No dents, no dings, or anything negative to report.

Cons: Extra component (The Pump) to worry about.

Due to the AIO setup, you are restricted to mounting this on the inside of a case. I didn’t dare to unscrew or try to disconnect any of the hoses to “try and get it outside my case” because I didn’t want to make a mess or break any seal that could cause a leak in my system. The whole part of AIO is so you wouldn’t have to do such. The fan now, you can choose to place on the outside pulling air in, outside pulling air off or inside pushing air over or off. Pulling air off the rad and throwing into the case doesn’t sound very efficient to me! My biggest problem with this is; the length of the tubes, restricts you to the back of the case. No matter how I place the fan, I’m not really going to get cold air blowing over the rad which would be ideal for optimal performance. But with as much heat as the other components inside the case put off, you certainly don’t want to pull that warm air over the rad. You really should plan your whole cooling solution for your setup. I like to put fans at the front pulling cool air into the case over the HDD and other components and the fans in the back pushing all the warm air out. My HTPC case setup doesn’t have front fans, but side… So, it pulls in the cool air from the sides and pushes it out the back. So all that warm air happens to be pushed right toward that fan coving the rad which has its warm water running through it. If I was interested in keeping this unit in my PC, I might put a fan on the outside to “pull” air away from the rad. (I assume you could just put the fan screws through the fan first and then it would grab the back side of the rad pulling it tight to the case?)

It is certainly an AIO as it includes the thermal tape on the bottom of the heatsink. I would prefer to use artic silver, but I wasn’t sure I would want to keep this in my HTPC.

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend treating the braided cloth over the tubes each time you blow out your PC assuming you do that a few times a year. (Good time to do it is when you change the filters in your furnace.) I am going to use vegetable glycerin since I have an abundance of it around, but I reckon WD40 would keep it from drying up and getting brittle just the same.

If you are going through the whole process of trying to get your CPU cooler, why would you cut corners at the end? With this single fan rad, I would not put in any extra effort. Slap it against the case, throw the fan on and be done. I don’t do any overclocking though so it is fine for me. If you really want to cool your processor down, I would highly recommend the dual fan setup though! A custom-built setup would probably work better because if you can place the rad somewhere on the outside of the case where it can pull cool air and push the warm air away, that would be the best setup for getting the best cooling. Between the learning and cost, an all in one setup like this is just so much easier. Providing the pump doesn’t go out like others have mentioned. Build your own, you can replace the parts on your own. Don’t want the mess, drama, crash course on connectors, elbows, tubing and liquid to use? Water cooling doesn’t excite me much anymore, but this setup at least looks really nice and doesn’t perform too bad. Still, the extra part (Pump) to worry about failure just doesn’t set well with me or the thought of a punctured tube leaking liquid in the PC. I plan on taking it off during our Thanksgiving break and going back to air cooling. The drop in temp was nice and all, but not worth the gamble to me. That and the extra heat will help during the winter months!

Now, while I personally won’t use it, I don’t see the point in knocking off an egg just because I am not comfortable with the thought of it springing a leak. For what it is and how it performs, it is fantastic! Certainly, a whole lot easier to deal with than my first water cooling setup which I bought the parts individually and spent a small fortune on! From special quick connectors to custom chipset blocks. (I sold that setup over a decade ago!) Haven’t really had any desire for water cooling since, but I surely wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to give it a go! I did, and I wasn’t to impressed… If I had a CPU that kept overheating and none of the air solutions worked, then I might be more impressed with this product!

TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point
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5 out of 5 eggs Wow! They actually listen and improved upon! 10/15/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point

Pros: I am able to list pros other than it works well!
Pro #1 : They listened to consumers and gave external antenna’s a go! Not just one, but two!
One on each side of the unit to avoid the top plug! It is fantastic!
Pro #2 : And this is HUGE on my list! When you go to setup the device, the first thing it asks of you is to change the user name and password! This will make setting it up a whole lot easier and safer for a majority of users! I still avoid the WPS touch button method. I will go over the different ways on other thoughts how to connect.
Pro #3 : I would have never expected this one! When you go into settings, and you set up your time zone and daylight savings settings, you can then setup to have the LED light shut off during whatever hours you choose. I can imagine that being very nice and useful for anyone sleeping in the same room as this! I hope this setting catches on with a WHOLE bunch of other things!

And thanks to them attacking the security issue of these, the quick setup is awesome! I am also glad to see they left the Ethernet port on this model so we can attach whatever we may need to. “Blue-Ray Player, Receiver, and other such devices!”

Cons: Now the cons! The RJ45 cable is still a tiny little thing! Wouldn’t reach from the plug in your wall to your equipment. It is what? 3 and half feet long? Maybe 4? I didn’t really look into it because I just used it for a moment to test setup on my Sony Vaio Duo. I have plenty of RJ45 cables. Others may not, so a six foot one would be more idea!

I didn’t see our 5GHz network available to extend. If I wasn’t familiar with how awful the 5GHz is going through walls and other obstacles, I would really question this choice. I often switch over to the 2.4GHz when I go on the front porch with the iPad simply because of how awful the 5GHz band is when you get too far away from it. So I’m not sure it is fair to label it a con on the device when it may be just more of a con on the 5GHz band being difficult to work with as well as the 2.4GHz. Leaving it out might have just prevented some users from getting frustrated and upset with lack of performance.

The text on the device showing you how to login and what the default user name and password… Login: admin Password: admin
Ever so tiny! Lucky it is also in the pamphlet looking instructions included. A bit bigger!

Might wanna put an Open Here on the box. I’m trying to rip it open at the top. It opens much better from bottom. Pull box out of cover type opening!

Other Thoughts: This is my 4th TP-Link range extender I’ve tested and it is by far the best! I am really pleased to see them put effort into helping users secure the device! Hopefully this will help put an end to all them camera hijacking stories you see on the news! And it is even more important now as home security is more internet enabled! So many people using their mobile devices to lock and unlock their doors and don’t realize that adding an unsecure device into your network can break down all your security!

I would suggest using an iPad to set this up! It was the easiest method by far! Just went to settings, seen the odd wi-fi available, connected and opened up safari to put in the and walla! admin and admin and it was asking me to change user name and password and then finish up the quick and easy setup!
It wasn’t hard to setup with my Sony Vaio with windows 10 via the lan, but when I went back in to see the other settings, that is where I was unable to. Since our Comcast box which gives us our wi-fi is on the end of IP addresses, I had to login to the Comcast router and see what IP was given to the extender. Then I was able to type that into the address bar and able to login with new user name and password. The wasn’t pulling it up after it finished it’s quick setup. It is a good idea for you to know how to access your routers WebGUI so you can access this important information to give you control over how your stuff will work!


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