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Sibelius programmers obviously looked at Finale and
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How about this -- I just received an e-mail from Finale
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Stay tuned, I will keep you informed as things heat
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many of us have upgraded a program only to find that
most of the change is only a new graphical interface!
However, hardware is somewhat different. Hardware
wears out. Software will run as long as the hardware
supports it. Sometimes it may have to be re-installed,
but it still works.
Getting back to the printer problems,
I wonder if this study is only a ruse to get
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After all, companies make quite a bit
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more, but they last a lot longer.
I am skeptical of studies that appear
out of nowhere that find fault with successful items. It is something like the
“gotcha” politics going on in Washington-find anything wrong, blow it out of proportion, use it to
destroy amd gain advantage and/or power.
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A recent study in Australia has found that laser printers emit a large number of unhealthy toner particles into
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Sometimes upgrades are good and necessary, but how
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More Musical Modulations
By the time you read this, my “retirement” concert
will be history. I hope it will have gone well. It was held
at the Murray Park Amphitheater, unless it rained, in
which case it will have been given at Hillcrest Jr. High
or Murray High School.
Using the analogy presented above, my software
is fine, but the hardware is wearing out. I have trouble
standing up and waving my arms for two or two and a
half hours! I can still do things with a computer, but, even
then, my fingers don’t always go where I tell them to.
Unfortunately, I don’t know of any way to put my
software onto new hardware! Eventually I will have to
be replaced with a new model.
I will do what I can for as long as I can, so I am not
really retiring. Musically, I can still play trumpet. So I will
continue to perform with the West Valley Symphony, and
a few other organizations once in a while. I can still write
music, so I will try to increase my composition output.
Also the American Federation of Teachers wants
me to handle their publishing endeavours. So I will not
simply fade into the background!
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Part 3 - D-Link DVC-1100 VideoPhone
Be There Real Time . . . Anytime
Reviewed by Don Nendell
Manufacturer:
D-Link Systems Inc.
17595 Mt. Herrmann
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Phone: (800) 326-1688 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. PST (Mon-Fri)
Web Site: http://www.dlink.com
D-Link Customer Service
E-mail: customerservice@dlink.com
D-Link Tech Support (http://support.
dlink.com)
Toll Free 24x7: (877) 45D-Link (453-5465)
Product Details:
Product Model: D-Link DVC-1100
Product Type: Desktop Video Conferencing
Device
Product Line: D-Link i2eye
Processor: ARM-9 ASIC Communication
Processor
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Video Bridging: Point-to-Point
Form Factor: Standalone
Platform: Windows PC
Interfaces/Ports:
1 x display / video - composite video output
- RCA, 1 x audio - output – RCA
1 x network (LAN) - Ethernet 10Base-T
- RJ-45
1 x phone line - RJ-11
Price range:
$217.50 - $302.99 from 15 Stores (http://
www.dlink.com/products/viewOnlineRetailers)
$208.00 - $302.99 from 27 Stores (at
smarter.com)
$208.00 - $246.50 from 12 Stores (at
buyersedge.com)
$208.00 - $281.78 from 13 Stores (at
NexTag.com)
One Year Warranty
Video Features:
Video Resolution: CIF (352 x 288 pixels) QCIF
(176 x 144 pixels)
Video Encoding: H.263
Video Frame Rate: 30 fps @96Kbps to
512Kbps
Audio Features:
Built-in Handset
Speakerphone: Integrated
Echo Cancellation
Interoperability Standards: H.323 (IP Communications); H.263 (Video); G.711 (Audio);
G.723 (Audio)
Data Transfer Rate: 10Mbps Ethernet
Dialing Capabilities: Speed Dial List (50 Entries)
Dial Using VideoPhone Number via Builtin D-Link Directory Service
Dial Using Direct IP Address Entry
Dial Using Voice-only (Analog PSTN Connection)
Calling Capabilities: Manual or Auto Answer, Incoming Caller ID
Privacy Via Video/Audio Mute and Do Not
Disturb Mode
Ethernet RJ-45; RJ-11 Analog Line
Camera Features: Interchangeable Camera Lens,
Manual Tilt, Manual Focus
Software Update: Automatic or Manually
Selected
Remote Software Update: Automatic or
Manual
Dimensions: 3.3 in x 9.3 in x 10 in (HxWxD)
Weight: 2 lbs 12oz
Standard i2eye™ Features
• Turns Any TV into a Broadband VideoPhone
(no PC is Required)
• Unlimited Calling Between VideoPhone
Units anywhere in the world (Broadband
Charges Still Apply)
• Advanced Video Compression Technology
for Streaming Video (at Up to 30 Frames Per
Second and at Up to 22Mbps)
• H.323 Compliant for Interoperability with
other IP Videoconferencing Devices
• Automatic IP Detection and Setup Wizard for
Easy Network Setup
• Audio/Video Privacy Protection with Built-In
Caller ID
• Picture-in-Picture or Full Screen View
• Remote Control Included for Ease of Use
System Requirements
Connection to Broadband Internet (Ethernet, Cable Modem, DSL Modem, or T-1)
Television with Standard Composite Audio
and Video Inputs (RCA Jacks)
Note. Or (heaven forbid) you could even
use an old-fashioned TV with a RF Modulator
(needed to Enable a TV Without AV Inputs to be
Connected to the Antenna Terminal)
120V/60Hz DC Power Outlet
Standard Telephone (Optional)
Package Contents
DVC-1100 IP Videoconferencing VideoPhone
Quick Installation Guide
User Manual
Remote Control
CAT5 Ethernet Cable
RCA A/V Composite Cable
AC Power Adapter
Windows Vista Support
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Windows Review
Prelude
And now . . . the rest of the story! I’m back to my old tricks with Part
3 of my 3-part D-Link DVC-1000 &
DVC-1100 VideoPhone reviews - i.e.,
now the “Wireless” side. And with that,
it seems we’re going to end up with a 4th
Part Review, i.e., one (1) more on the
wireless side. They say that the road to
Hades is paved with good intentions.
As I mentioned in Part 1, “I [had] fully
intended for this to be only a 2-for-the
price-of-one review sandwiched in between my on-going/never-ending/life
and death battles with all my ‘rottento-the core’ computers.”
Oh yes! Do please see Parts 1 &
2 in the July 2007 BCM archives (at
www.ucs.org). Also, may I respectfully
suggest you always select the .pdf versions for their artistic beauty.
Introduction to The “Wireless”
DVC-1100
The following is a D-Link media
extract of some of the benefits of the
DVC-1100 Wireless Broadband
VideoPhone:
“The DVC-1100 introduces the
world of videoconferencing over the
Internet, to bring you, your family,
friends, and colleagues together. By
using Enhanced 802.11b, you can place
the DVC-1100 next to the family television without running network cables for
your broadband connection around the
house. Since the DVC-1100 VideoPhone
is a standalone device, no computer is
needed when you videoconference over
the Internet.
Background
Recall in Part 1 that I mentioned
Zedicus Zoule Zurander (ZZZ), the 1st
Wizard, in Terry Goodkind’s novel, “The
Wizard’s First Rule,” stated, “Nothing
is ever easy! If it is, you’re probably not
doing it right!” I also empathize “very
closely” with this quote of Paul Trout
responding to his wife Gammay (in Clive
Custler’s new NUMA novel, The Navigator, p. 353), “If we liked doing things
the easy way, we wouldn’t be working
for NUMA.” Well, all you have to do is
simply substitute “. . . writing reviews.
. . .” for “. . . working for NUMA. . . .”
and you’ve got the “True Picture for
Yours Truly!”
ago, nothing, repeat nothing, has
ever worked for me the first time I
tried it; it just seems to be my cross
to bear, that’s all!
Just FYI (and edification), I do
not want you to ever think that I am
complaining about “doing reviews.” No,
no, no! Au contraire, mon ami! I am just
afflicted with personal computers
that have a mind of their own, that’s all!
Its a fait accompli that ever since I got
involved in computers over 20+ years
P.S. And, as usual for me, I
learned a great deal about networking, and in hindsight, it really was
easy, and followed along exactly as the
manual said it would. What a Hoot!
But, more on this Part in a little
bit, that is, if you are of a mind to
know more of the details?
Shock and Awe With a Capital
“Family Fun!”
And like always, once again, everything fell neatly into place, and became
equally as obvious, when all was said
and done. Here it is in a nutshell for you
again: “It really works!” “It’s incredible!”
“It’s fun for all!” It’s beautiful, easy to use
and works like a charm!” Well, there you
have it, that’s My D-Link DVC-1100
(DVC-1100) i2eye Broadband Desktop VideoPhone - The “Wireless”
Video Conferencing Device review:
“Bam! Bam! It works exactly as
advertised, and it’s a ‘Kick’!”
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“An easy-to-use Setup Wizard
guides you step-by-step through the
setup of the DVC-1100 VideoPhone. It
can be up and working in minutes. With
the DVC-1100, it is easy to make changes
to personalize your videoconferencing
display.
“The once complicated process of
conducting a videoconference is now
simplified with the DVC-1100. Connect
a television to the
DVC-1100, follow
the Setup Wizard to
wirelessly connect to
your existing broadband
Internet connection and you
are ready to conduct realtime videoconferencing!
“Using advanced video
compression technology, the DVC-1100
VideoPhone maximizes the image and
audio quality within the available bandwidth. The DVC-1100 can send and receive video at up to a full 30 frames per
second. Attach an optional telephone
handset for enhanced voice quality.
Using the DVC-1100 VideoPhone is an
ideal solution for consumers and small
businesses with broadband Internet
access.”
Caveat. Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard
802.11b specifications. Actual data
throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors,
including volume of network traffic,
building materials and construction,
and network overhead, lower actual
data throughput rate. Environmental
factors will adversely affect wireless
signal range.
“The remote control included with
the DVC-1100 allows you to easily answer incoming videophone calls or initiate new ones. The built-in caller ID provides privacy protection. You can know
who is calling before you answer.
“You won’t miss a moment with
your friends, family, and colleagues with
the DVC-1100 Wireless VideoPhone.
Lose the wires, not the connection. Be
there real time . . . anytime.”
More Background
As I mentioned in Part 2 of these
reviews, “now that all associated
video conferencing costs have
dropped significantly, we, the Home
User’s, can benefit equally as much as
businesses/companies can, in regards to
the use of Visual Communications.”
And, so I don’t have to repeat myself, since the DVC-1100 is exactly
the same as the DVC-1000 - except
that it’s wireless - please refer back to
Part 2 (re. Some Outstanding Reasons/Benefits
to Use “Visual
Communications” and To
Continue With
Our Reasons;
Why Should
You Even Have,
Let Alone Use, a
VideoPhone?)
for a review of a
“quick list” of
some of the benefits of using the
DVC-1100; or as
I wrote: “Find a
need and fill it!”
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Basically, all you need is a
“Broadband” Internet connection; and from then on, all your
VideoPhone calls are “FREE!”
And what fun you’ll have with the
family and friends too!
Another very important reminder: Please do visit the D-Link
web site and take in the (6:25
minute) D-LinkTV Presentation on Broadband VideoPhones
DVC-1000/1100/2000 by Dan and
Heemok at <http://www.dlink.
com/products/?sec=1&pid=302>
Click on the “Watch Episode on
i2eye Broadband VideoPhones”
graphic.
Caveat. Don’t miss this one,
above all, if you do anything. Also
see many more D-LinkTV Presentations at <http://www.dlinktv.
com/?vid=50>
Standard DVC-1100 Features
(Or, All the Gory Details You’ll
Ever Need to Make a Wise,
Educated Purchase Decision for
Yourself)
The DVC-1100 comes with an
abundance of exciting features. And,
as I mentioned just a moment ago, all
that “Good Stuff,” can, once again, be
found in Part 2. And like I mentioned
above, since the DVC-1100 is exactly the
same as the DVC-1000, except that it’s
wireless, there’s no sense repeating all
of them here again, right? Right!
The “How To” Part
And, as if that isn’t enough?
The DVC-1100 can be configured using
an easy-to-use Setup Wizard (or the
handy manual) that guides you step
by step through the setup process and
makes it easy to personalize and change
your videoconferencing options. The
graphics spell out the basics very clearly
for us:
1. Connecting the DVC-1100 VideoPhone
2. Sharing a Broadband Connection
With the DVC-1100 (See Caveat below
for some very important information
concerning this section)
3. Using the Phone-like Remote
Control
4. Connecting to the Internet (using the DVC-1100 with D-Link Routers,
and others)
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Caveat. Just as I pointed out in
Part 2 (i.e., DVC-1000), This critical information isn’t listed in
the Quick DVC-1100 Installation
Guide, either. It is however, included
the DVC-1100 Manual, but it doesn’t
explain to you clearly exactly “How
to do it?” However, the very first FAQ
listed (<http://support.dlink.com/faq>)
does cover it in good detail with accompanying screen shots, but the example is
for the DI-604 Ethernet Broadband
Router (which I have now replaced in my P2P network with a
couple of DI-624 Ethernet Broadband Routers, but you may not
have either a DI-604 or DI-624?
None-the-less, the FAQ applies to
all, repeat all, Routers). Here is
that all-important FAQ question
and its associated answer:
Q. When connecting my DVC-1000,
DVC-1100 or DVC-2000 behind a [any]
router or firewall, what ports do I need
to open, and how do I open them?
A. The DVC-1000, DVC-1100 and
DVC-2000 require port 1720 (TCP)
and ports 15328-15333 (TCP and UDP)
open to function properly. Consult your
router’s documentation or your network
administrator for help with doing this
(or, better still, you can call D-Link’s
Outstanding 24x7 Tech Support).
Very Important Note: You
will need the IP address of your
DVC-1100 to forward ports in all,
repeat ALL, of the in-line routers,
firewalls and servers (except the
Internet Cable Modem).
Very Important Note. I am
told by my inside contact friend,
however, that the new D-Link
Routers, the DIR-655 (See Part 4
(September 2007 BCM) of these
Reviews), for example, do have
this, including other Devices in the
Network, as well, in a simple 1-Step
Dropdown list and Save process.
Hoorah!
The “How To” (Continued)
The DVC-1100 features a very
intuitive on-screen user interface and
keyboard (plus the phone-like remote
keypad, when it’s needed. Please see
Step 3 graphic above), thus making
it simple to answer incoming VideoPhone calls, or to initiate new calls,
and to browse through all the names
and numbers in the built-in phonebook
directory. Also, and this is the best
part, you can easily make changes to
personalize your video conferencing
display, using the phone-like remote
keypad.
When you pick up the phone to call
out, the default communication mode
is like a normal telephone (PSTN). You
even get the standard dial tone and the
usual ringing sound you’re used to
hearing in a normal phone. The most
notable difference is, you press the “*”
button and select your destination from
a Speed-Dial List (or, you can dial
it manually, just like you always
do) to begin your VideoPhone call. The
DVC-1100 accepts both PSTN and VoIP
incoming calls, allowing you to receive
both VideoPhone (i.e., conference)
and normal telephone calls. Here’s the
“scoop” on how it’s actually done.
The DVC-1100’s unique Auto IP
Mapping feature makes initiating a VideoPhone call over the Internet as simple
as dialing a phone number. Instead of
identifying your DVC-1100 by an IP
address, it is identified by an assigned
(one of your own choosing) “phone
number.” As incoming DVC-1100 callers dial that phone number, a remote
Directory Service provided “Free
of Charge” by D-Link automatically
converts it into your Videophones’ corresponding (i.e., “Dynamic”) IP address.
Note. This is an extremely vital feature of the DVC-1100, since most home
users have Cable /DSL Modem connections with “dynamic” IP addresses
that can change every time they log on
to the Internet. The D-Link Directory
keeps track of the “dynamic” IP address changes so that your call is routed
to the correct VideoPhone. This is a very,
very special “FREE” service that works
on all of their Routers that hasn’t
been adequately publicized by D-Link,
in my humble opinion.
Optional Equipment
The DVC-1100 works with
several other components. For
instance:
Topping the list of Benefits, if
you are setting up the DVC-1100
in your living/family room (like
I have for Donna and I - and you
most likely will too), you’re automatically covered in “That Something Special Added to the Mix”
that I brought up in Part 2 for you.
Now Onward and Upward.
Home Network Building With DLink Products - Like All Mine Are
The DVC-1100 (located in our living/family room) is “wirelessly” connected to my existing DI-624 Wireless
Ethernet Broadband Router (or,
it could just as easily be a DI-614,
DIR-655, et al.) which is actually located in Donna’s computer room. Therefore, it is already an integral part of my
extensive Peer-to-Peer Home Network,
which of course, includes all the dedicated wireless portions (See Graphic of
our P2P network below). Bottom Line.
The actual connection to our HDTV and
subsequent setting up of the DVC-1100
is literally a snap.
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The D-Link DVC-10 is an optional
Wide Angle Focal Lens that connects
to both DVC-1000 and DVC-1100 VideoPhones. The D-Link DVC-10 uses a
2.9mm focal length and a 5.5mm back
focal length lens that provides extended
video viewing coverage for your DVC1000/1100 units. The field of view for
DVC-10 is 63° horizontal, 50° vertical
and 75° diagonal compared to default
DVC-1000/1100 lens field of view at 35°
horizontal, 25° vertical and 46° diagonal. The DVC-10 is also easily installed
by simply turning the lens clockwise,
and counter-clockwise, to tighten and
loosen, respectively.
Amazon pricing: Buy new: $39.77
Buy Used: from $37.15
The D-Link DVC-20 is a Varifocal
Lens that connects to both DVC-1000
and DVC-1100 VideoPhones. The DLink DVC-20 uses 2 X 4-8mm focal
lens that provides extended video viewing coverage for your DVC-1000/1100
units. The field of view for DVC-20 is
66° to 63° horizontal, 38° to 20° vertical, and 66° to 33° diagonal compared
to default DVC-1000/1100 lens field
of view at 35° horizontal, 25° vertical
and 46° diagonal. DVC-20 is also easily
installed by turning the lens clockwise,
and counter-clockwise, to tighten and
loosen, respectively.
Amazon pricing: Buy new: $79.99
Buy Used: from $62.82
FAQ’s of Impressive Note
The first of those two (2) FAQ’s
in the graphic is of very, very particular interest to me personally,
because my setup naturally does
have both the DVC-1000 (See Part
2) and the DVC-1100 (Here in Part
3). I actually spent a great deal of
time working to get them to work
together, as well as, making calls
out on the Internet. That was before it was pointed out to me very
vividly, by that same incredible
Tech Support, “that only one (1)
VideoPhone can go out on the Internet at a time, but they can talk
between each other on the same
subnet. My point. I was spinning
my wheels trying to cross subnets
192.x.x.x and 10.x.x.x.
I Think It’s About Time Now to
Discuss Where I Shot Myself in
the Foot in All This, Don’t You
Think? ;-}
Let me preface this particular
Segment of the review with this
fait accompli; disclaimer to some,
possibly. “The actual set up of the
DVC-1100 (as well as, the DVC1000) really was actually ‘very
simple and fast and worked beautifully’ when I did it in a simple
Home Network-like configuration.” That’s said, Period. End of
Review.
But, let me also say that my own
real, live Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network isn’t just your average run-of-themill home network, no siree Bob! Never
has been, never will be. Just look at my
Home P2P network diagram and you’ll
see that little fact for yourself.
To start with, my little office is so
cluttered that I have to almost sidle in
sideways just to get to my desk chair
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and PC keyboard. Well, that’s a slight
exaggeration, but became an absolute
truth when I moved the “complete”
D-Link set up, depicted in the diagram,
into that crowded space, to set up,
test and perfect the “whole system”
before it was actually fully deployed
around the house into all their proper
(i.e., final) locations. I found it to be so
much easier to do it that way than to run
all over creation setting/re-setting
Routers, Modems, Firewalls, etc,
at the time the action was needed - and
it was needed, “very often,” with my
complex P2P set up, to be sure.
teachings (called “Scared Shiftless”
experiences), I feel strongly that it is
very healthy and highly desired
for my own personal SOHO-like P2P
setup. Besides, what would I be able
to write about, and share with you out
there, if everything I did was “easy” to
do/use? OK?
Here was the problem in a
“tophat.” The greatest problem for me
to solve in adding both of the VideoPhones to the P2P system was wrapped
completely around my Linux-based
IPCop Firewall (www.ipcop.org), which
is “guarding against all unwanted outside” Internet entry(ies) into my P2P
system.
Just FYI. IPCop takes a standard
192,168.0.x network and makes it a
much, much more secure 10.0.0.x
network for me. Thomas Cameron, a
RedHat (Linux) Specialist, whose home
office is in Austin, Texas, shared with me
- while I was visiting with him at the JSM
2007 conference just a few days ago that although he agrees that IPCop is an
outstanding “Free” (for Home Users)
Firewall, he feels that it is “security
overkill” for average users like me, and
shouldn’t be included in the mix at all
because it is simply too complicated for
just anyone to use properly. He hit that
one right on the head, folks!
I do not disagree with Tom on this
very critical matter (to me personally), however, based on all my 7+
years of DEFCON/Black Hat Briefings
On that note, Norman R. LeClair,
CrossTalk Magazine Co-Sponsor,
in writing about “The Right Way to
Change” (CrossTalk, August 2007,
pg. 3 <www.stsc.hill.af.mil/crosstalk>) stated, “Change has always
been part of life, yet many still
have difficulty with this reality.
Difficulty accepting change may
stem from a simple desire to stay
within a comfort zone or the presence of a turbulent history of failed
attempts.” OK! I’ll buy that!
But, I didn’t fail. It just took
a little longer, that’s all. And, the
whole thing works exactly like any
simple Home Network-like configuration does, too! Ta Da!
So, Overall How Do I Rate the
DVC-1100? Pros
All the Pros of the DVC-1100 (exactly like its cohort/companion, the
DVC-1000) are way too numerous to
count. But, primarily it boils down to the
following points being the standouts: 1)
There are no additional charges or fees,
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beyond your monthly Internet access fees; 2) The DVC-1100 has finally,
become very affordable and easily available for the average Home
User; 3) The excellent picture on your
HDTV(?) (naturally, with the proper
lighting) and overall great audio that
comes in a family/living room setting
(also naturally, under varying conditions); 4) The fast, smooth, no-jerking
video frame rate (30 fps); and lastly, 5)
The DVC-1100, just like the DVC-1000,
is exceptionally easy to set up and use
- the first time, and every time.
Oh! And it goes without saying, “It’s a
whale of a lot of fun for everyone,
too!”
Cons
Personally I can’t think of any,
mainly because my dear friends at
D-Link’s vaunted Tech Support will
always be there for you 24x7 to
“BAIL YOU OUT” of any problems
you might happen to encounter.
By Way of Explanation. I just
threw my RCAF
434 (F) Squadron
Patch in there,
“just for the halibut,” because I,
just this very moment, had a dejá
vu, violent, radical, “hairy,” “empathetic moment” (a “Flash Back TO MY BROKEN BACK,” if you will) to my very
successful, very stressful bailout
of an extremely badly CRIPPLED
Royal Canadian Air Force T-33
at Bitche, France in May 1957 yes, it’s really on the map. May I
respectfully direct your attention
to “our” 434 (F) Squadron Motto:
“IN EXCELCIS VINCIMUS.” Ah
yes! What a three-drink story that
was, Sorry ‘bout that Senior Moment! Not!
To continue with the review.
This D-Link 24x7 Tech Support, just
like any golden parachute ;-}
makes imminent sense to me, because
we can’t all be “know-it-alls” or “jack-ofall-trades” in this complicated networking thing, now can we? Just think of that
little known/acknowledged fact of life
for a moment, and then think “24x7
help” being there for you in the form
of marvelous Tech Support.
I also feel it very important to point
out to you that D-Link doesn’t make a
penny supporting us like that. But,
they most certainly are very, very smart
to provide that 24x7 help toward maintaining our happiness and satisfaction
in all of their wonderful products. That’s
called Customer Satisfaction, and
it keeps us coming back time and time
again for each upgrade we are destined
to make in this ever-changing “wireless”
networking world - and it’s changing
mighty fast, believe you me.
Important Note. I would like
to extend a very kind invitation
for you to visit us next month
(re. BCM, September 2007) for
Part 4 of this growing series of DLink product reviews. We will address this “Upgrade” topic, when we
will cover the “Wireless” DIR-655
XTREME N GIGABIT ROUTER,
and its “faithful companion,” the
DWA-652 XTREME N NOTEBOOK
ADAPTER.
To Summarize
With its small price tag (i.e., to buy
and use), high quality video and easy
setup and operation, the DVC-1100 is
ideal for home use, repeat home use,
as well as, business and educational use.
Simply connect any two VideoPhones
(be they DVC-1000, DVC-1100 or DVC2000) to the Internet to begin your
“Free,” ultra-smooth picture, video
conferencing, literally to, or from,
anyplace in the world. It’s really
fabulous to be there in real time, anytime. Now, you don’t ever have to miss
a single moment with any of your family,
friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and
who knows, maybe even, “that dreaded
office?” with the DVC-1100 right in
your living room.
Most importantly, if you live any
distance at all away from family and
friends, significant others, classmates,
or, heaven forbid, even, your business and/or business associates, et al.,
you will really come to appreciate and
especially enjoy using this truly magnificent VideoPhone, the D-Link DVC-1100.
The only “real difference” between the
DVC-1100 and the DVC-1000, of course
we now know is; the DVC-1100 is
“Wireless, and Thus, Can Be Setup
in the Living/Family Room, for
Instance,” ;-} unlike it’s brethren, the
DVC-1000, which is “Wired All the
Way!” Or, said another way, “THE
RIGHT TOOL FOR THE RIGHT
JOB; AND A ‘PLACE’ FOR EVERYTHING, AND EVERYTHING IN ITS
‘PLACE’.”
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Quite a difference, I’d say?
Ergo, that alone makes it entirely
your choice “all the way.” So, go
for it! You’ll absolutely love it!
Nice choice! ;-}
Ciao!
P.S. If I can do it, you can certainly do it too!
Utah Blue Chips Calendar
August, September, 2007
UBC
General Meeting
U. of U.
7:00 p.m.
Acronis
Magazine
Deadline
U of U
7:00pm
UCS
Board of
Trustees
C&C Bldg.
Room
N3005
6:30 p.m.
Magazine
Deadline
UBC
General Meeting
U of U
7:00 p.m.
TBA
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