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Belkin Cat5e Snagless UTP Patch Cable (Red) 0.5m
Belkin Cat5e Snagless UTP Patch Cable (Red) 0.5m
Price: 1.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Its a great patch cat5e cable, 26 Jan 2014
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What can I say its a cat5e patch cabel 0.5 m long and its "snagless", it works fine and is a lovely red colour which makes a change from black blue or yellow I suppose. Price is good and delivary rapid. The photo has too many coils!


SALUS iT500 SMART INTERNET THERMOSTAT - NEW - PROGRAMS VIA ANDROID iPHONE
SALUS iT500 SMART INTERNET THERMOSTAT - NEW - PROGRAMS VIA ANDROID iPHONE
Offered by JT Atkinson
Price: 124.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job - but one or two niggles during setup - easily sorted., 19 Jan 2014
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Over all this is a very nice bit of kit. I was waiting for the Nest thermostat but gave up as its not likely in UK any time soon. From my research the Salus was the next best thing. It was easy to set up. The little Wi-Fi thing plugs into your router and the light goes green almost immediately the thermostat is recognised as soon as you put the batteries in. Then the first problem was when you try and register on the web site (important as the web tool is a lot easier than trying to set your programs on the thermostat itself)it will not send a verification email to a Gmail account it seems - or if it does it is deleted and no it is not in junk mail. I used a xxxx.net account which was fine and the verification email was instantaneous. The thermostat was easy to configure and mount on the wall why you would need a plumber or electrician I am not sure. Pairing was tricky as the manual was appallingly inaccurate - when the light goes red on the receiver it will stay red until you touch the "tick" button on the thermostat then the light goes green again, this is not mentioned in the manual!! Once this is done it all works like a dream. The web tool is great and the iPhone app seems good enough - I am happy with this device and the house is nice and warm!
Jobs a good un and it took 45 minutes from start to finish and no I am not a builder plumber or electrician.
As an update I have been living with this for a week now and it exceeds all expectations. very solid and reliable and controler good on iphone mac and PC. Easy to control from anywhere.
A further update - a small irritation is that the software (both PC and smartphone) does not apear to have an "ON" button so that with a touch you can manually turn on the CH to do this you seem to have to play around with the temperature setting this is irritating and could be sorted out with a software update.Otherwise continues to be a pleasure to use.


TP-Link TL-SG1005D 5-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Desktop Switch
TP-Link TL-SG1005D 5-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Desktop Switch
Price: 12.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the business, 16 Jan 2014
I brought this from Maplins as I needed it urgently and as a result paid 20 I thought on the basis of performance that that was value so 12 from Amazon is a give away to my mind.
As others have said this thing just works. 5 ports at the back and 6 lights to the front - one for power and the 5 remaining to indicate if a device is attached to the port and if there is traffic (they flash). There is a small power supply so you will need a mains plug nearby as the flex on the transformer is not that generous. The case is I think plastic and in use it makes no noise and remains cool. Set up was a cinch. I did not even turn the router to which I attached it off. Simply plug in connect one port to a router port and then you have an extra four ports to play with. I plugged in a NAS drive to use with Sonos and the feed to my Virgin Tivo box. Lights at the front illuminated and then blinked indicating traffic and I was good to go. Nice when a bit of tech works so effortlessly.
So if you need to add some ports to your router this is the device for you - cheap and effective.One last point is that there is no patch ethernet cable included in the box so you will need to spend another 1.50 or so on a 0.5 - 1 meter cat 5 cable. One should have been included to my mind but its a small niggle only.
Oh and it is smaller that the pictures would sugest.


Sony LCSBBMB Carrying Case for QX10 Lens Style Camera
Sony LCSBBMB Carrying Case for QX10 Lens Style Camera
Price: 23.99

4.0 out of 5 stars If you have a QX10 you need this, 8 Jan 2014
It is well made and seems sturdy. If you have a QX10 then you need this to protect the lens. It was a gift brought from Amazon but I think it may be cheaper on the Sony web site - hey ho!
Pity it is not included with the lens as it is a pity the M2 card is not bundled with the lens.


August DTA240 High Gain Freeview TV Aerial - Portable Indoor/Outdoor Digital Antenna for USB TV Tuner / DVB-T Television / DAB Radio - With Magnetic Base
August DTA240 High Gain Freeview TV Aerial - Portable Indoor/Outdoor Digital Antenna for USB TV Tuner / DVB-T Television / DAB Radio - With Magnetic Base
Offered by Daffodil UK
Price: 12.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Signal strengh from 55% to 95%, 5 Jan 2014
This is a first rate indoor TV aerial which boosted my DVB TV signal from 55% (un-watchable) with no aerial to over 95% when plugged in. It is small and thus can be positioned out of sight. It has no amplifier so needs no power source and works just perfectly picking up all the free to air channels. The base is heavy making for stability and is also magnetic so would work on a boat or caravan externally. I bought from Maplins as I was passing but it was 4 more expensive than the product on offer here. I realy cant understand the 1 star reviews - it works and I really can not understand how it could not(unless faulty) its an aerial after all. Are these folk plugging it in to the correct socket one wonders!


Samsung BD-F6500 Smart 3D Blu-ray/DVD Player
Samsung BD-F6500 Smart 3D Blu-ray/DVD Player

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works like a dream and worth every penny, 4 Jan 2014
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Brought this as a present for a member of my family. It was paired with a Samsung TV that did not have Wi-Fi or smart capability so it was to provide these features and it does this with ease. It was a cinch to set up and link to the household Wi-Fi. Simply connect it to the TV with an HDMI cable (not supplied) plug it in put batteries in the remote (supplied) and switch it on. Then follow the on screen directions - job done. Good range of apps Netflix iPlayer 4OD etc etc. Loads DVDs fast and playback is faultless. Pairing it with a Samsung TV means you can use one remote for both player and TV which cuts down on the clutter a bit. The menus are possibly a little clunky but perfectly useable and it would have been nice if the remote keyboard was QWERTY but these are minor niggles. I have not tried the 3D as the TV is not 3D but suspect its fine as I have experience of the 3D output from this player elsewhere. Apparently there are some problems with streaming music and video from NAS drives and Apple devices but I would think that these could/will be resolved with software updates in due course. For the price I don't think this can be beaten.


SanDisk Memory Stick Micro (M2) 8GB
SanDisk Memory Stick Micro (M2) 8GB

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, 2 Jan 2014
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Good price and speed seems excellent. For use in Sony QX10 and have had no problems at all. If you need one for a camera or phone this is the one for you.


5 Star Envelopes Wallet Press Seal 90gsm White DL [Pack of 500]
5 Star Envelopes Wallet Press Seal 90gsm White DL [Pack of 500]
Price: 11.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Envelopes are envelopes!, 2 Jan 2014
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White DL size and no window. A nice weight - so many of the sub 90gsm envelopes cause my HP printer to exhort me to "load paper in main tray"!
Print is clear and sharp with no ink bleed. Adhesive seems fine on my batch


Chameleon: A City of London Thriller
Chameleon: A City of London Thriller
Price: 0.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well......., 2 Jan 2014
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This started well and then sort of became confused with to many sub plots and individuals involved. Without the main plot centre stage to my mind it all fell apart and I lost interest.
I finished it but was left rather disappointed. Not as good as 48 hours I am afraid.


Franco Manca: Artisan Pizza to Make Perfectly at Home
Franco Manca: Artisan Pizza to Make Perfectly at Home
by Giuseppe Mascoli
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pizza cook book, 2 Jan 2014
An excellent book covering all aspects of pizza making with the emphasis on how to get restaurant type results at home without the very hot pizza ovens used in restaurants. Dough making including sour dough is covered as are the various cheeses and sauces used. There is a good section on implements to be kept in the pizza kitchen. A good number of pizza recipes are included both traditional and more exotic types and flavours. Well writen and nicely illustrated.

As an update I made the (yeast) dough and the did two Neopolitano pizzas. Stunning just like the photo and tasted just like the restaurant article. Was not perfectly simple but the results were stunning. Even my partner who can take or leave pizza was impressed and looking forward to the books next outing.


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