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Belkin RJ45 STP Cable Economiser
Belkin RJ45 STP Cable Economiser
Price: £7.11

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big misunderstandings due to bad product description, 4 Nov. 2015
A lot of bad reviews for this item when the truth is the description is just not accurate.

You cannot use this on its own - you must have a PAIR !!
You cannot plug this into a wall socket at expect it to magically double up your sockets.
At the other end of the cable you must have ANOTHER BOX which splits out the single cable into two again.

The box does not perform magic - all it does is to give you two (4 wire) sockets and send then over an 8 wire cable.
You need a box at the other end to split out the 8 wires back into 4 x 4 wires (with then two cables to 2 router/switch sockets) and your infrastructure cable MUST be 8 wires and not 4 wires, otherwise this will not work.

These boxes work on the principle that Cat5 cable (for 100Mb/s) usually has 8 wires but only 4 are used, so it makes use of the 4 unused wires.

You cannot use these boxes to split gigabit ethernet as gigabit needs all 8 wires for 1 device.

If you set it up properly it works fine.

There is a better description and some nice diagrams which explain it in this item (which is actually sold as a pair!)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/CPO-Cat5e-Network-Splitter-Economizer/dp/B0022QFFB4/ref=sr_1_7?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1446622926&sr=1-7&keywords=ethernet+economiser


DrayTek Vigor AP-800 802.11n WLAN Access Point with PoE Support (White)
DrayTek Vigor AP-800 802.11n WLAN Access Point with PoE Support (White)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little hick, then very impressed, 19 Jan. 2014
Having seen a few people with comments saying they had trouble setting up this device, let me give any would-be purchasers this advice:

1. Plug it in as per the quick setup guide (cd version is in english if your printed version is not)
2. Switch it on as per the guide
3. Get a paperclip and press the factory reset button at the back for 10 seconds

After this your troubles should go away.

let me explain:
I am an IT expert with too many years experience in networking and software and I COULD NOT CONNECT to this thing.

I tried everything I knew but as far as I could see the box was not listening on the IP address 192.168.1.2 as per the guide,
nor was it active on any other IP address in the 192.168.1.xxx range.

It is anyones guess as to what IP address was assigned to it, or even if it was listening at all.

In the end I did a factory reset and after about 20 seconds of booting up I saw the interface come alive on 192.168.1.2
and immediately the web interface worked.

It immediately played nicely with my DrayTek router, no address collisions, and it used the DHCP of the main router to dish out IP addresses on the Wifi without me having to touch it, so someone at DrayTek had thought through the most likely config for this box.
All I had to do was set a WLAN password and change the admin password, and that's it.

I ran a survey around the house using a free WiFi analyser app on my phone and got these results (-40db is 100% signal, -100db is no signal):

Same room: -45db
Furthest room, same level, 2 heavily insulated fermacell walls: -70db
Upstairs: -65db to -70db
Basement (Reinforced concrete): -75db

So, in summary, a good signal all over our house.
The AP800 is installed INSIDE a sideboard (ie inside a closed solid Oak box!), under the TV, not in the open air.
Our floors are wood, insulation, underfloor heating, concrete then either underlay and carpet or tiles on top.
The house is a reasonable size (150m2 footprint over 3 levels)

So far, apart from the initial hick with the ip address, the thing is impressing me with it's strong stable signal.
Not sure I will ever use the power over ethernet nor the second LAN, or the other options it has for bridging between devices, but it is all there if I ever need it. I have had drayTek routers for years now and have always found them to be really quite good (I keep buying them so they can't be that bad), and this AP800 is no exception.

This thing is a bargin for the quality and features.
Don't hesitate I say, just do a factory reset first like I suggest and you should be up and running in minutes.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 11, 2014 6:59 PM BST


Autan Insect Repellent Protection Plus Multi Bug Barrier Pump Spray - 100ml
Autan Insect Repellent Protection Plus Multi Bug Barrier Pump Spray - 100ml

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Electrical warning!, 13 April 2010
I haven't actually tried cutting my hair with this yet, but today after the first charge, when I unplugged the charger from the socket, the casing came apart in my hand, exposing live parts at mains voltage. The join in the case of the charger has no clips to hold it and seems to be glued only, and mine had only a tiny spot of glue at the top with nothing elsewhere. Seriously poor build quality for a part that is intended to be pulled on. A dangerous product that should be recalled.

Update: If I could allocate minus stars I would.

Tried cutting my hair with this thing and I was bald in some areas and great tufts of hair in others, then the battery ran out half way through.
It went straight in the bin and my wife finished the job with a standard trusty old pair of standard electric clippers we bought for £20 about 10 years ago.


Holding On [DVD] [1997]
Holding On [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ David Morrissey

2 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero!, 5 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Holding On [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Shame the Amazon system would not let me allocate zero stars to this item.

What utter rubbish.

Don't waste your money on this one.

A mish mash of bits and pieces of disjointed and uninteresting stories of the lives of several people with no obvious connections, no suspense, no intrigue.

Might as well go and sit in any town centre and watch the people go by - about the same effect.

What is it with the guy in the first 10 mins doing a monologue to the camera like in some Guy Richie film.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 1, 2010 1:34 AM GMT


Murphy's Law : Complete BBC Series 1 [2003] [DVD]
Murphy's Law : Complete BBC Series 1 [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Nesbitt
Offered by catherinesss3
Price: £11.71

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Nesbitt at his best, 8 Feb. 2006
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
After watching a few episodes of the 2nd series on TV I just had to buy this DVD and it didn't disappoint. Well worth the money. This is a fantastic series and James plays his character to perfection. My wife is a huge fan of James Nesbitt and goes all gooey when watching this DVD (I have to say I find Claudia Harrison stunning so we're even). Just a shame it is taking so long for the 2nd and 3rd series to come out on DVD - they are eagerly awaited and will buy immediately.


M1000 Soundbridge - now inc. FREE WIFI adaptor
M1000 Soundbridge - now inc. FREE WIFI adaptor

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Kit!, 24 Feb. 2005
I have just bought one of these. It took less that 5 minutes to setup and start playing my MP3 based CD collection from my Mac. This one is going into the kitchen under a kitchen unit with the optional mounting plate and I am so impressed I am now going to buy the bigger M2000 for on top of my main hi-fi. Then I'm going to pack my CD's away in the loft!.
Negative side is that it currently does not support any internet radio stations other than MP3. As most in the UK need Windows Media Player or RealPlayer, I can't yet get most of the stations I would like - but Roku are working on it and promise a free firmware upgrade when it is available - so I'm happy with that for now.
My next step is to migrate to SlimServer on Linux to lighten the load on my Mac for more interesting things and keep the Linux server for serving my files and music. Seems possible from the documentation, though Roku seem to push iTunes integration more.


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