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Linksys Velop Wireless Whole Home Wi-Fi AC6600 Tri-band Mesh System (3-pack) WHW0303
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5 out of 5 eggs Hassle Free Setup!! Excellent Signal and Speeds!! 02/06/2017

This review is from: Linksys Velop Wireless Whole Home Wi-Fi AC6600 Tri-band Mesh System (3-pack) WHW0303

Pros: Very simple setup through the free Linksys app, no headaches! When testing the various setup methods below, signal coverage was perfect when testing with a smartphone and tablet throughout my house as well as outside.

Tested first by setting up connected directly to my modem; while the app is a little slow when configuring nodes on initial setup, it worked fine and guides you through the necessary steps with no problems.

I then reset the nodes and set them up connected to my router; again the app walked me through configuration with no issues. Even when used with the router between the nodes and modem the app had no issues finding and configuring the nodes.

After resetting them a third time, I connected them to hardwired jacks connected to my router at opposite ends of my house and configured them individually to work as independent WiFi access points. This method worked excellent, and with only one node you can cover an area that your router does not reach!

You do not need to setup an account with Linksys to configure the nodes; there is a manual option in the app for setting the Velop up on your network. The Linksys account is only required if you desire to access the nodes from outside your network.

For those that are considering purchasing a repeater or router, or looking to upgrade, you really need to consider the Velop system even at the high price. It is worth every penny, no matter how many nodes you need. Even though the only way to configure the system is with an app it will save you tons of time in the long run!

While the firmware and app are still a work in progress, they both function well and make set up incredibly simple.

Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years with 24/7 tech support.

Cons: Only minor issue I noticed was if you reset or re-purpose a child node attached to the parent node there is no way to delete it from the list of connected nodes in the app. I am sure this will be addressed with a future firmware release.

Other Thoughts: The maximum number of nodes that can be added is still being tested by the Linksys Engineering team. Currently, they have tested up to 6 nodes.

You can choose up to three (3) devices to prioritize.

Broadcasting of the SSID cannot be turned off.

Velop works with any DOCSIS 3.0 modem.

Parental controls only block up to 10 specific sites.

If you have more than one node in your Velop system, and need to reset them all to factory default settings, you can do this by resetting the main node; all other nodes will reset automatically.

Current firmware at the time I wrote this review is Version:, released on 1/24/2017.

Current Android Linksys App is Version 2.1.5, released on 1/30/2017

HP Officejet Pro 6978 (T0F29A) Duplex  600 x 1200 dpi USB / Ethernet / Wireless Color Inkjet MFC Printer
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Pros: Designed for use in small work groups of up to 5 people, or a small business. And in this price range it would also make a nice addition to your home office as well!

I had no problems setting this printer up. After connecting it to my network, I accessed it with the embedded web server (EWS) through my browser. Simply type in the address supplied on the quick start page, or the IP address it has on your network. Here you can setup and tweak out all of the settings to fit your specific needs. No wall wart power supply which is great, one wire to plug in directly connected to the printer.

Has a wide range of connectivity options built in, which will ensure you have seamless access to all the features it offers. 1 USB 2.0 port, Ethernet, wireless 802.11b/g/n; 1, and the standard RJ-11 Fax plug. Also allows setting up the printer as a wireless access point!

Offers automatic 2-sided printing which reduces the amount of paper needed. Built in support for Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print. Print photos/documents when you're on the go using HP ePrint. Supports web scanning with your browser.

With wireless capabilities you can utilize the features on this printer with your phone or tablet using the HP All-in-One Printer Remote App. I tested the android version of this app on my phone and a couple tablets, it found the printer with no issues, and printing was a breeze. With the app you can also perform remote scanning and it loads the file right on your device.

The Dashboard on the printer control panel is a color touchscreen and allows full configuration of the printer. Access to all of the features, along with a self-help section that provides “How To” videos and tutorials can also be found here.

Has ink cartridge protection built in which allows cartridges to be permanently protected for use in only one fleet of products or product to help prevent theft. Once they are setup with this protection and are moved to a device outside the fleet, or to a different printer they will not work!

Cons: No cons for me, as I mentioned for the price you are getting a lot of great features/capabilities from a trusted name in printers.

Other Thoughts: This printer is powered by a 500MHz processor with 1GB memory. The memory on this model is not upgrade-able, 1GB is the max.

Be sure to download and install the latest drivers/software update which is currently version 39.4 released on December 12, 2016

Also update the firmware, either through the touch panel or the software. There is an automatic feature for this which is on by default. Current firmware is version MCP2CN1623AR.

Seagate SkyHawk 10TB Surveillance Hard Drive 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Standard 3.5" Internal hard drive spins at 7200 RPM with a generous 256MB cache. This drive will fit in many Surveillance DVR/NVR recording units with no issues. Heavy duty construction ensures excellent heat dissipation and lower power consumption also helps reduce heat emissions.

I tested this drive on an 18 cam setup with HD IP cams all recording simultaneously to my NVR. The drive ran cool and quiet while recording from the cameras and playing back archived recordings at the same time. No stuttering issues when cameras were viewed in real-time on a remote machine within my local network.

Comes in a variety of different sizes, which means everyone should be able to find a size that works with their particular DVR/NVR system.

ALWAYS research the maximum size your DVR/NVR system supports when purchasing one of these specialized drives to ensure your system will be able to utilize the entire drive.

For those that have a Seagate NAS that are utilizing the Seagate Surveillance Manager software these would also be an excellent choice for 24/7 recording or archiving!

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity drives are the next step up from these for those that have an extensive surveillance network or 100+ cameras, and the need for long term video retention. The Enterprise models also have a longer warranty at 5 years.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Seagate has stepped up their game in recent years focusing more on specialized drives for specific needs across all types of platforms. The wide variety of drives they have to select from allows everyone to find a drive for their specific needs and budgets!


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