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EZVIZ Husky HD 1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi or PoE Video Security Bullet Camera, 16GB MicroSD, Works with Alexa using IFTTT
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Pros: 1080P HD. The picture quality on this camera is excellent and superior to the other HD wifi cameras I’ve tried. It’s viewing angle is nice and wide and has no notable picture distortion.

The hardware feels like high quality construction and feels very rugged. This is an outdoor all weather camera and feels like it. Installation is straight forward. It comes with a mounting template which really helps in aligning your screws and even has plastic screw anchors for dry wall mounting.

Cons: There is no access to this camera or it’s settings by simply punching in its IP address into a browser and pulling it up when it’s on your network. You have to do everything through an application you must download onto your phone or tablet. I understand that this helps guarantee a secure encrypted connection, but if you don’t work on top secret military projects on your front porch you should at least have the option of connecting and recording video to your unencrypted PC in your own home.

I’m not a fan of the limited software (phone app) provided by ezviz. Camera configuration is very limited. You can configure motion detection sensitivity and notification schedules. You can turn the camera on and off with sleep mode, configure it to your wifi network, and turn image encryption on or off. That’s about it. It lacks the ability to do many other things that other camera apps let you do, such as configuring motion detection areas, sending captures out to custom email or text message attachments to any number of phones when motion is detected. As far as I can tell, you have to use the ezviz cloud service and that’s your only option. I have two other brand cameras uploading video to my google drive but there is no FTP option on the ezviz.

When logging onto the ezviz app, It will show me stills updated every 10 seconds or so, but when I click on picture to get the live view video, it gets stuck at about 8-20% and never displays anything. The same thing happens when I try to review past recorded footage from its built in memory via the app.

The camera gets very warm to the touch when plugged in, making me wonder how much juice it’s consuming all of the time. There is no indication that the camera is recording or even on other than it gets warm to the touch.

Does not work with the Chrome web browser.

Other Thoughts: During my installation of the camera onto my wifi network, I was confused about whether or not the camera had found and connected to my network. I was using the method by which you generate a QR code on your smart phone and show it to the ezviz camera. There seems to be no clear indication when or if you succeed.

This camera does not have any way to rotate and pan remotely. You have to point it where you want it and it stays. The mount is basic but effective. The night vision seems to work well. I really like the clear high resolution picture of this camera. It’s much better than my other HD cameras.

Ezviz really wants you to buy their cloud storage, a reoccurring monthly payment that I refuse to buy just because I don’t believe those kinds of money leaks are financially responsible. I’m still trying to find a separate method to record video other than the small amount of memory that comes on the camera. Not being able to record to a location of your choice is very frustrating.

If you are using a mobile data plan and use the mobile camera app very much, be prepared to see some huge data usage (this is true for most all video streaming).

Overall, this is a good camera but it simply can’t be utilized well due to the lack of supporting features and software. I can recommend this camera for its quality hardware build and great video picture but not if you want to record video to a place other than ezvid’s own cloud storage (which happens to be Amazo**’s cloud services). It doesn’t offer the depth of a great software package or the many options of other web cameras so if those things are important to you, look elsewhere.

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Linksys CM3016 16x4 686 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Great basic modem 10/15/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3016 16x4 686 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: * Supported by all major cable providers as advertised.

* 16 downstream channels and 4 upstream channels (channel bonding). This modem will handle Comcast’s fastest residential speed tier (using DOCSIS 3.0) in my area (Extreme 250Mbps) by allowing a theoretical maximum throughput of 608Mbps utilizing it’s 16 downstream channels. My old Surfboard modem only had 4 downstream channels for a maximum of 152Mbps capability. That said, the internet speed package that I’m paying for maxes out at 60Mbps (actual provisioned speed) anyway, so any DOSCIS 3.0 modem would provide me with the maximum speed that I’m paying for. Now if I were to go all out for the 250Mbps package, an 8 channel modem is what I’d need at minimum to get the max speeds from that package. But don’t forget, more channels also mean more speed consistency, not just more speed, so even if you have ha slow speed tier like me, 16 channels are still better than 4 channels.

* Price. It’s on par with other 16x4 channel modems, if not a little less expensive.

* This modem has worked solidly for me for two full weeks of heavy usage. I have not experienced any dropped connections, lag spikes or had to power cycle the modem for any reason. I’m running the data of 24 internet connected devices through it and it seems to be handling everything with ease.

* Installation. I hooked it up to my coaxial cable and in a few minutes and a couple browser refreshes, I was loading up Comcast’s new modem installation page where you can add the modem to their network by simply logging in to their system under your account. No phone calls required.

Cons: * Short Ethernet cable. It comes with a 58” CAT-5e cable. First thing I had to do was to get my own Ethernet cable because the one that comes in this box was too short to reach between the modem and my router, so I’m using a nice 72” CAT-7 cable now.

* It’s not a DOCSIS 3.1 modem. If you are wanting to get gigabit speeds you will need a DOCSIS 3.1 modem to be compatible with them. This is probably not really a con for the vast majority of people though, as gigabit speeds are not that popular (yet) and very expensive.

Other Thoughts: Cable modems have shrunk over the years, and someone forgot to tell this to Linksys. This is a rather large modem (7”Lx2”Wx8.5”H) at twice the height of my old TP-Link modem. In electronics, bigger is usually worse. That said, it’s size does do a good job venting out the heat it produces keeping it relatively cool compared to my other two modems so I’m not going to list its size as a pro or a con.

DOCSIS 3.0 modems are capable of channel bonding, which enables multiple downstream and upstream channels to be used together at the same time by a single user. The more channels a device can bond, the higher the speeds it can achieve; having more channels also equals less congestion and a more stable, consistent connection. Yes, that’s right, you don’t just get more speed if it is available, but you get a more consistent experience with your speed tier even if you only have the cheap 20Mbps capped tier. Think of having a modem that supports more bonding channels as a freeway. You can only go 55mph on a 4 lane freeway but when they expand to 6 or 8 lanes… while you can only go 55mph even with 6 or 8 lanes, you have more room to travel and that allows for less congestion, thereby less chance for traffic jams. Whether you can make use of the additional channels speed wise depends on what your ISP is offering you.

So basically, what makes DOCSIS 3.0 different from its predecessors is that it is able to support multiple channels and bind them together to increase performance. More channels means greater speed, and there is a 4-channel minimum requirement for DOCSIS 3.0 approved hardware. Each channel offers a 38 Mbps downstream and 27 Mbps upstream, but there are no limits to how many channels can be used.

But do you NEED 16 channels? Here is a list of Comcast’s speed tiers and their advertised speeds: (Actual provisioned speeds are usually a little higher, for example, their performance 50 package actually runs at 60Mbps, not 50Mbps as advertised.

Plan Advertised Speeds
Economy Plus: 3 Mbps / 768 Kbps
Internet 5 (West/Central): 5 Mbps / 1 Mbps
Performance Starter: 6 Mbps / 1 Mbps
Performance Starter [10] 10 Mbps / 2 Mbps
Performance: 25 Mbps / 5 Mbps
Performance [50]: 50 Mbps / 5 Mbps
Performance Pro: 75 Mbps / 5 Mbps
Performance Pro [100]: 100 Mbps / 5 Mbps
Blast [75]: 75 Mbps / 10 Mbps
Blast [105]: 105 Mbps / 10 Mbps
Blast [150] / Blast Pro: 150 Mbps / 10 Mbps
Blast Pro [200]: 200 Mbps / 10 Mbps
Extreme 150: 150 Mbps / 20 Mbps
Extreme 250: 250 Mbps / 25 Mbps
Extreme 300: 300 Mbps / 25 Mbps
Extreme 505: 505 Mbps / 100 Mbps

I have the Performance [50] package and as we know, this modem should handle this speed tier just fine. In fact, it will handle the Extreme 505 speed tier just fine. Just remember that more channels also mean more consistency (your wider highway) so the answer is YES, you need 16 channels if you want a theoretically better internet experience.

All in all, I would recommend this modem as it has performed as advertised and has very few cons.

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Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Strong signal you will get, if money, you want to spend. 09/01/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router

Pros: The main pros of this router are in its title description. The Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router.

“AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi” What does it mean!? It’s mostly Linksys lingo, but it can all be translated into good stuff.

“Smart Wi-Fi”: A Linksys wireless router that provides interaction with mobile applications. For example, apps can change router settings, monitor network devices, restrict access to certain Web sites, view network cameras live and browse or stream photos. I don’t use the Linksys router app much, only when I’m tired of telling my children to get off the computer and go to bed do I open it up, select parental controls, then click on manually disconnect a device and select the PC in use, which is inevitably followed by screams of despair and woe. Otherwise you have about the same access to controls and options from the app as you do when logged into the router’s home screen through your PC browser.

“Mu-Mimo”: (Multiuser-MIMO) A multi-transmitter/receiver technology (MIMO) that supports multiple wireless users simultaneously. (Multiple Input/Multiple Output) Pronounced "my-mo," it is the use of multiple transmitters and receivers (multiple antennas) on wireless devices for improved performance. When two transmitters and two or more receivers are used, two simultaneous data streams can be sent, which double the data rate. Multiple receivers alone allow greater distances between devices. Could this be the reason for the increased signal strength and range compared to my older non Mu-Mimo AC1900 Linksys router? I don’t think the average user would really notice much improvement in speeds without running speed tests but seconds do add up over long periods of time and the technology makes sense, so why not?

“AC2600”: This is the combined throughput of both radio channels. Up to 800 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 1733 Mbps on the 5 GHz band. So that’s technically 2,533GHz… but I guess 2,600 just sounds better? Unless you have a device that can utilize both of these frequencies you will not get the benefit of the 802.11AC standard. Your newer smart phone will work great with it. That old xbox 360, not so much.

Signal strength is notably stronger than my Linksys EA1900 router. I had plans on using the Linksys Max-Stream AC1900+ range extender with this EA8500 but now I’m realizing that I really don’t need to. Nevertheless, the “Seamless Roaming” feature with both of them setup seems to work great.

The case of is largely perforated top and bottom and has vent slots on the front and sides, providing ample airflow

Easy set up if you’ve set up routers before. I did it all manually in less than 10 minutes and I was up and running.

Cons: It’s not the EA9500 (AC5400) model. If you are going to consider getting the EA8500, take a look at the EA9500 as well and get that one if you are made of money. While not as expensive as the EA9500, the EA8500 is still pretty pricey as far as routers go, but that’s how it is if you want the new technology.

The first EA8500 I received was DOA. It would not connect. It would just constantly flash its little Linksys LED at me, laughing at me, as I spent hour(s) trying to get it connected along with Linksys’s technical support. We finally decided it was a bad router and I sent it back for this new one. The second router worked the moment I plugged it in. While receiving a bad router is… well, bad, I do have to give credit to the Linksys tech support person (the online chat version) for pretty decent communication and resolution. Replacement took just a few days and all is good again.

While the router menu and setup page is not “poor” or “lacking” per say… I would like to see it become more refined and customizable. Competing vendors have a setup page that caters in a more fulfilling way to the power users while maintaining the casual user interface option. How about working in any and all browsers for starters (its speed test requires flash, I have flash, but it says that I don’t), followed by a better parental control system. I would also like to see a more user friendly firewall setup with more options.

Other Thoughts: While the documentation that came in the box was extremely scarce, the available online documentation provided by Linksys was very informative and complete. You can see it here: http://www.linksys.com/us/support-product?pid=01t80000003ouh0AAA

This router has screw mounting slots on the bottom that will orient the back panel connectors up, left or right, but not down. Down is the direction I really would like but at least there are mounting slots at all. My family uses this router for everything we do online, a lot of internet browsing, online gaming, large file downloads, streaming, and I have 15 to 20 devices synched up to it at any given time. I’ve not had any noticeable problems with this device so far and it continues to work as advertised. I would recommend it to a friend and I plan on using it as my main router until something better comes along.

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