|Submited By: TeeDub on 09/09/2009|
My home network has grown into two wireless routers, two switches, three DVRs, an Xbox, four computers... Geez, it didn t seem complex until I thought about it. I ve been having occasional issues with the network, causing me to reset routers and switches, maybe try unplugging and replugging and rebooting devices... Just enough to be annoying, as it worked most of the time.
I spent an hour with this simple device and loved it. It doesn t get easier; the source lights up lights 1-8 in order, and if all is well, 1-8 on the box (if a patch cable is plugged into both holes) or dongle (if checking an installed cable) will light up in sequence as well. I discovered 4 of 11 wires and jacks had issues, including a commercial cable I never would have suspected. Let s just say I now have tremendous respect for the magic boxes ability to work even with messed up cabling; having had this network for years, I now don t know how it ever worked.
Now, all is well with my network world, thanks to this device. If you re going to buy a crimper and RJ-45 blanks, your next step should be to buy this. Now, I won t even use a commercial cable without testing it with this device. It gives both great results, a tested network, and peace of mind for a reasonable price.