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CORSAIR CX-M series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-Modular Power Supply
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Pros: There’s no getting around, for the enthusiast there’s no substitute for a modular PC. High tech Lego/tinker toys, evolve as budgets permit & technology evolves. As reliable as power supplies are, they evolve; in this case efficiency & modular design make repurposing a power supply from an old caucus to a renovated build impractical.

With the advent of cases which showcase memory modules & mother boards with accent lighting, replacing the rats’ nest of heretofore unused wires with modular wiring is extremely neat! The supplied wiring is more than ample for full size ATX motherboards in an ATX case; an assortment which should suit current needs is included.

This power supply is rated at 650W of continuous power w/an average efficiency of 85 %. For most intents and purposes, this ought to provide a lot of head room, provided your add-ons aren’t power gluttons. While on the subject of head room, I’ve used a 430 watt power supply with a Z97X-UD5H motherboard (straightforward) build with absolutely no problems. Point: The CX650M packs a third more punch!

This power supply stays remarkably quiet & cool (large 120mm fan runs super-quiet during normal operation; it's thermally controlled; speeds up or slows down depending on thermal need. Intel Haswell technology compatibility lowers CPU power to C7 sleep state (conserve energy +/- 0.05A) when not in use.

Cons: Since the peripheral power cables aren’t hard-wired to the power supply, you can connect just the cables you need. Corsair says, “The rest of the cables stay in the box, and not in your PC’s case.” A much better alternative; well-marked storage pouch…

The CX Series™ CX650M — 650 Watt 80 PLUS® Bronze Certified Modular ATX PSU is a 2015 Edition, the tag line says Haswell ready > it refers to to 2013 - 4th generation Intel core processors. Advertising needs to be updated to include newer variants.

Other Thoughts: When renovating your PC > swapping key components, i.e., motherboard, CPU, memory and etcetera it’d be wise to assess your power supply (consider age related deterioration & enhanced technology) - why - beyond supplying energy, it protects critical system component, over-voltage/over-power, under-voltage & short circuit protection. Think an ordinary surge protect power strip will save the day, think again; that’s false economy…

Assembling a home brewed computer once took great skill, now, doing so is easily within the reach of anyone with an inclination to do so. The construction process begins with a box (PC case), add a power supply; from my perspective a beginner to moderately advanced enthusiast can’t go wrong choosing the CX650M 650W 80 PLUS - plus - I’d strongly recommend getting a motherboard which’ll support DDR4 SDRAM (fourth-generation memory) and USB3.1 technology. Need encouragement & reassurance? Check out (YouTube) > How to Build a PC, Newegg TV.

TP-LINK TL-WPA4530 KIT  AV500 Powerline ac Wi-Fi Kit
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3 out of 5 eggs Not par with top tier adapters that extend a network via electrical wiring. 10/16/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4530 KIT AV500 Powerline ac Wi-Fi Kit

Pros: At a cursory glance at the product page might be confusing to a person not familiar with networking. This is a two-in-one combo unit, Ethernet over powerline extender + wireless bridge. Translation, wired connectivity (fast Ethernet ports to connect smart TVs, game consoles, and PCs) + dual band wireless connectivity (a smart phone, tablets and et cetera). Heretofore, it took some ingenuity to accomplish the same task.

Warning: Don’t install on protected electric outlets; they filter EMI (electromagnetic interference) and RFI (radio frequency interference) noise for a clean power output, contrary to intended us.

This is an effortless way to extend an Ethernet connection using wherever electrical wiring to just about any place with an electric outlet utilizing a common electric panel - plus – it has strong dual band internet connectivity.

The thing works as advertised (within limitations); is super simple to install (see cons?). Plug in the adapters > basically its plug > press the Wi-Fi Clone button on the powerline extender and the WPS button on an associated router to spontaneously copy your existing network’s name and password, press & play. The device can be moved about to suit needs, the only real pre-qualifiers are electric panel continuity & access to an electric outlet.

Streaming video works uncompromisingly great with an Ethernet connection rather than attempting to rely on outlying wireless links. This virtually eliminates annoying wireless re-buffering video.

Just about anyone who’s attempted to install a comprehensive ip camera surveillance system will attest, wireless connectivity alone is inadequate; high speed data transmission over a home’s existing electrical wiring makes me wish I had Ethernet connectivity, here or there, an essay doable reality.

Wi-Fi Clone - copying the network name and password from your router easily, saving the hassle of reinitializing wireless devices.

Cons: Installed at an outlying destination, connectivity is not on a par with top tier powerline adapters I’m familiar with. Placement can be tricky; hopefully placement will coincide with green indicators; a red icon signals trouble. Unplugging it and re-plugging in may solve the problem – but. It’ll return. The solution, move the adapter until you’ve found an ideal location. Wi-Fi wise that may not be a problem – but – Ethernet needs likely won’t coincide with its intended destination.

The setup is simple – but - not as intuitive as I thought. This is “not” a typical range extender, attempting to install it like one (connecting to the router, placing the slave unit at the desired destination) - then -following the installation directions likely will provide less than ideal results. The directions say, plug the powerline devices into wall sockets “near” each other > follow the setup procedure – after which they can be moved to a compliant location.

Other Thoughts: The aforementioned powerline limitations need to be kept in mind; (likely) in relatively straightforward installations, I don’t foresee a problem. Semi-complex installations (i.e., spanning an arc fault panel) seemingly caused a problem. Newer houses have arc fault panels by code, servicing bedrooms. I’m aware of this - nevertheless – the arc fault problem hasn’t been an issue with a competitor’s high end Ethernet power line adapter. I experienced this idiosyncrasy, unplugged the device, reinserting it, solved the problem, twice (unacceptable, in a short period of time). Keep in mind, all arc fault installations aren’t equal, mine may be more prone to this idiosyncrasy than yours might be.

Attempting to make a buying decision? The most ideal solution is a hassle: run an Ethernet wire from your router to the desired destination – then – connect a wireless access point. A sensible alternative, try the TP-LINK AV500 AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender, if it doesn’t suite your needs; return it for a refund within: 30 days. Worst case scenario. You’ll be out the postage. I’d imagine this’s big brother (TP-Link TL-WPA8730 KIT AC1750 Range Extender, AV1200 Powerline Edition) expensive alternative would be much more robust - perhaps – a preferable choice.

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: EZVIS, I think I get it, easy vision – but – does anyone else? Not acquainted with EZVIZ, it took some digging – I discovered, its Mini+ has been honored with a TWICE Picks Award in the Connected Home Devices category following its debut at CES 2016.

Unfortunately, this (EZVIZ Mini HD 720p) doesn’t carry the + designation; it is 720p (720p = 1280 x 720) - not - 1080p (1080p = 1920 x 1080). Has one way audio rather than two, which is OK? My 1080p smart phone w/ 5” Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen doesn’t warrant 1080p.

Did some more digging, to learn more about Ezviz? EZVIZ Inc. is a subsidiary Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd; world’s largest supplier of CCTV & Video Surveillance Equipment > Brazil, Canada, Europe, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Latin America, Middle East, Oceania, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, UK and last but not least USA.

EZVIZ‘s android app is rated four stars - nevertheless - you’ve got to download the MYEZVIZ app, entering an e-mail address, creating a password – wait – get a number s emailed for verification purposes – then – scan QR code on the back of the camera; input your Wi-Fi details as well as your time zone. Wi-Fi coupling indicator signals blue OK & flashes red when there's a connection error. On screen phone setup, instructions say push Wi-Fi credentials need to be sent to the camera using your smart phone. Accompanying printed setup instructions say; position camera 3 meters from the router; see cons.

Mini's 115 degree extra wide-angle lens (predictable distorted image) compensates fairly well for lack of pan/tilt functionality; night vision (up to 33 feet) is roughly average. Unlike many similar cameras which accept 32 GB SD cards, this accepts 64 GB = twice the resident storage.

Unpacking the mini, initial impression, it has a Cupertino, California vibe.

Cons: Setting the mini may not be as stress free as advertised. It couldn’t be much simpler according to the instructions – but – if you have a dual band router (ac & n) and/or range extender/s; potentially you could have a problem. Case in point, the mini doesn’t have ac capabilities, potentially triggering an incompatibility problem; reason to use (provided) lifetime technical support (valuable perk).

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Other Thoughts: Strong Wi-Fi infrastructure is important, if your situation needs enhancement; an excellent simple solution is a range extender.

The Mini’s footprint (3.6" x 2" x 1") weighed against to what I’m accustomed to from a practical perspective (owing to its light weight and small size & permanently attached USB cord) it’ll get yanked and easily displaced without employing the included attachment kit. The mini’s magnetic base, metal plate is excellent.

Installing the mini wasn’t as easy as it was cracked-up to be. It took a couple phone calls to resolve idiosyncrasies. My calls were answered promptly; within a minute. Canadian based technicians were extraordinary helpers.

I’d rate the camera C/B; technical support AAAAA, more than compensating for objections.

KUDOS: EZVIS is to be congratulated, for investing in “GREAT” no-hassle technical support.


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