Product Reviews

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Elgato Controller Passes Its Stream Test

Published: April, 2019 | by Bob Grossman

The Elgato Stream Deck controllers may primarily be for video game streaming, but they have the potential to be an invaluable differentiator for integrators. We are always on the lookout for crossover products — hardware or software designed for one industry that works well in another. Sometimes the impetus is to solve a specific problem […]

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Kwikset Converter Will Win Over Smart Lock Converts

Published: March, 2019 | by Ryan Grossman

Kwikset Convert is Z-Wave connected and works with a variety of existing deadbolt brands including many of the most popular ones such as Kwikset, Weiser, Baldwin and Schlage. While we have reviewed several electronic smart locks in the past, the Kwikset Convert is the first conversion kit we have run across. Billed as letting you […]

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Veracity Time Server Syncs and Wins

Published: December, 2018 | by T. Riley Pierce

The TIMENET Pro Master NTP time server synchronizes the time and date on all computers on a network without having to expose the system to outside Internet sources. Sometimes we run into fairly niche problem-solver products in the course of planning our reviews. A casino project led us to look at time servers — as […]

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Ideal Network Tester Will Pass Any Tech’s Test

Published: October, 2018 | by T. Riley Pierce

Let’s face it, most (if not all) of us who work in electronics are gadget nuts. We like to work with tools that make our daily lives easier. We also like them to have a “neat” factor, the type of tools that make a task fun to work through. Last, but certainly not least, we […]

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Review: Hikvision Budget PTZ Delivers on Value Promise

Published: | by T. Riley Pierce

The Hikvision DS-2DE4220W-AE is a p/t/z camera available in three variations; one for in-ceiling mounting, one for surface mounting and one for outdoor pendant/wall mounting. When I look around today’s CCTV market I’m always amazed and amused by the number of manufacturers with IP-based cameras in their portfolio. As I’ve said before, the IP market […]

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