"Bought this to test some LAN cables I was installing. It's simple to use and does just what's needed to prove that you have not made an errors or have any damaged cables. Obviously at this level it does not prove the quality of the connection but it's good considering the money it costs"
"Really simple device, compact and great to have to check out any dodgy connections. Does the job very well and comes with a zipped pouch. The pouch is flimsy but a card insert to add protection against damage is a must. Good price too."
"Given the low price of this tester i was very skeptical. However, glad to report that it works really well. It helped me find a couple of cabling faults within minutes. The construction seems fairly cheap so i'm not sure how long it will last, but certainly for intermittent use its well worth a adding to your toolbox."
"As other purchasers have found, this tester does not switch off. Simple fix, remove the front cover (4 screws at the back) reveals the switch is square in an elongated round slot. Use a small file and round the switch on one side and hey presto, it switches off - problem solved! Apart from this the tester works very well and identifies incorrect wiring in a jiffy. Fine for DIY network cabling, probably not suitable for every day pro. use as its rather light weight. I was going to return this, however after the fix and use, its worth keeping for the next networking job."
"It does the job I needed it to do, but only just.
The unit I received had one of the labels on upside down, hiding all the LED's. forcing me to decide, did I want to return it, or did I want to peel it off and hot glue it back in the right position? I opted for the latter as it was the only one they had in stock.
I opened it, and as a previous reviewer said, the connections and soldering is very poor quality. Like he did, I fixed that up. Once done, it works. But has absolutely no frills.
One thing to note, the copytext of the product on the website says "Push button control", its not a push button, its a sliding "On/Off" switch."
"I was really surprised to discover the printed user guide that came with the unit had a major printing error. It quotes T568B is as follows - WG, G, WO, B, WB, O, WB, B. In actual fact this is T568A!!!! Good luck if you follow this guide."
"Cheap plastic wasn't expecting much. It did work ok and found a mis-wired cable. The on/off switch didn't work and the only way was to disconnect the battery. Believe it or not that was easier said than done, connection was so tight on one pole that the battery terminal broke off, the first time I've ever seen that (top brand gold battery). This product does do the job, yes it's a little slow. Suggest that you check this product works ok whilst still at the trade counter, if it does it's cheap enough, if not get it swapped."
I bought one of these units and it was faulty. Lights 4 and 5 on the remote unit came on together even when used with a known good cable. Returned it to my local branch (Reading) and they replaced it without question. The second one also had a fault in that neither lights 2 nor 3 would illuminate on the remote unit. I secured a refund on that one without question although I had taken the necessary kit to the branch to prove the fault.
Five stars for the Screwfix customer service (as usual) but I will go out of my way to avoid Philex kit in the future, hence the one star rating.
I finally got a functional LAN tester from another supplier which worked first time and it was a few pence cheaper. Slightly better constructed as well. Screwfix may wish to review selling Philex kit."