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Philex Network Cable Tester

Philex Network Cable Tester
Average Customer Rating:
3.5 out of 5
3.5
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(14 Reviews) 14
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Rating Breakdown 14 reviews
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8 of 14(57%)reviewers would recommend this product.
Customer Reviews for Philex Network Cable Tester
Review 1 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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It does the job
27-Jun-2014
By
, Penicuik
"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."
Review 2 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Cheap and cheerful!
16-Sep-2013
By
, Chester
"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.
"
Review 3 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Great little device
19-Mar-2013
By
, Basingstoke
"Tested my first cable and it identified which cable was at fault straight away.. Saved me time and money...
Excellent tool rest of the cables past first time"
Review 4 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Fantastic, spot on.
13-Sep-2012
By
, Southampton
"Got this just to stick in the van because was allways forgetting to pinch my bosses one when I was installing data points.
Indercator lights show good connections or shorts or missing connections.
Can't go wrong with it!!"
Review 5 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Great Network Cable Tester
12-Nov-2011
By
, Bromley
"Just picked up this cable tester from Screwfix to sort out my cabling mess and all I can say is that it works fine, identified that I had crossed the cables: so sorted.
Very Easy to use. Just remember to buy a PP3 9v battery to be able to use."
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Brilliant item
06-Sep-2014
By
, Caernarfon
"Very happy with this item would definitely recommend it. Easy to use good value for money"
Review 7 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Great tester - fixed switch
28-Nov-2013
By
, Isle of Wight
"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.
"
Review 8 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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ideal fr home
07-Mar-2013
By
, faversham
"I bought this as a quick fix as my original tester stopped working.
It is ideal for a few connections or for testing a few cables but not for pro use, it is a bit slow.
"
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 9 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? No
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The wiring diagram
08-Aug-2014
By
, Hull
"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."
Review 10 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Expensive
17-Jul-2012
By
, Shrewsbury
"This is only one pound and forty-four pence at etradehouse. And that includes VAT!"
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review 11 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? No
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works but probably wont last
29-Sep-2013
By
, Brighton
"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."
Review 12 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Philex Network Cable Tester
26-Sep-2013
By
, London
"Bought this item locally as I managed to break mine. It is a cheap build with poor quality plastic, however it does test Cat5 cabling pairs ok.
The on off switch on mine did not work so
I returned it for a refund, I did not want a replacement.
You get what you pay for."
Review 13 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Poor quality construction
05-May-2014
By
, Cambridge
"I retuned the first unit due to one light/LED not working.
Removing the back of the replacement unit, which does work, revealed some very poor construction.
I'm keeping the second unit but only after re-soldering the joints and trimming off trailing, and nearly shorting, component legs to get it in a state that I am confident it may keep working.
An enclosed leaflet refers to red lights that indicate "opposite connection"; after taking the back off it is clear that there are no red lights/LEDS in the unit so don't expect this feature to work."
Review 14 for Philex Network Cable Tester
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Would you recommend this product? No
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worst tester
07-Oct-2013
By
, london
"do not buy this pretend tester as it is completely useless and doesn't even switch off"