Seagate 2TB Hard Drive for $64.
This "Surveillance" model is designed for constant use, like how surveillance systems constantly record video or backups.
Since the drive is not designed for performance, it's not the best choice for a desktop computer.
- Asus RT-N66W for $40 After Rebate
Asus RT-N66W Dual-Band Wifi Router with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for $89 with free shipping.
Coupon code EMCRBCG42 applies $19 off, making the purchase price $70.
Wait to receive your order, use scissors to cut out the UPC from the product box, and submit a $30 Prepaid Card mail-in rebate.
Remember, you only have 30 days from purchase to submit the rebate.
This router supports third-party DD-WRT firmware.
A lot of people recommend this router, as seen through the reviews on Newegg and on Amazon.
In the interest of full disclosure, we bought a refurbished version of this router from Newegg, flashed it with DD-WRT, and had problems with the 5GHz Wifi band.
No other reviewer seemed to report this problem, and this deal does include a 2 year manufacturer's warranty.
Even though we had problems, this still looks like a good deal for someone wanting to run DD-WRT and willing to go through the hassle of submitting a rebate.
There is a T-Mobile CellSpot logo on the front, but it is actually a Asus RT-AC68U which has decent reviews.
However, it is refurbished (previously used, returned, then fixed) and only comes with a 90-day warranty.
There are also a couple negative reviews worth reading before considering taking a chance on this refurbished product.
Lexar 32GB MicroSD Memory Card for $10.
Normally about $18.
MicroSD cards work in some portable devices, and not to be confused with SD cards used in cameras.
Netgear 5-Port Gigabit Switch, Software-Managed for $20.
We use this Switch in a room that connects a couple Ethernet devices, and it works fairly well.
It does have software to configure the router (QoS, port mirroring, cable diagnostics) which can be helpful when troubleshooting connection problems.
Asus RT-N12 Wifi Router for $18.
Normally about $28.
Cheap routers can handle only a small number of devices and limited bandwidth, so we do not recommend them for someone who uses the Internet a lot.
However, as a range extender (a second router extending the range of your Wifi network, linked with an Ethernet cable), cheap routers work very well.
Netgear Wifi Range Extender for $19.
Normally about $28.
It is specifically designed to extend the range of your Wifi network in areas of the house where WIfi is weak.
Plug an Ethernet cable into your main router during initial setup, then unplug the cable and plug the range extender onto a power outlet anywhere in the house.
It creates a second SSID that your Wifi devices can connect to when not in range of your main router.
Cyberpower 1500VA Pure Sine Wave UPS for $130.
Still our favorite battery backup/UPS for protecting computers and sensitive electronics, and normally sells for between $180 and $225.
Computers can lose data during power outages, and power spikes can damage hard drives.
This UPS provides battery backup, and should protect better than a regular UPS as shown in
They can run on Wifi and batteries (which means zero wires running to your cameras), but depending on range and camera quality settings, the batteries may need to be replaced every 2-8 weeks.
With 5 cameras, that can be a hassle.
However, the cloud setup interface is simple to use, making it a breeze to get up and running.
The Arlo is water resistant, and good for outdoor use.
If you are looking for simplicity, the Arlo has it.
If you are looking for a good surveillance system with excellent night vision range, there are better cameras.
Be sure to read the reviews before buying.