Freepost on a £15 spend - Belkin Starter Kit 5 port 10/100 Ethernet Switch + 2x PCI cards 2x 10M cat5 £1 + £4.99 p&p @bigoffers - HotUKDeals
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The Belkin Professional Starter Kit provides everything you need to have two desktop computers sharing files, printers, and an Internet account*. The Belkin 5-Port Professional Network Switch provides five 10/100Mbps ports that allow for future expandability.

Contents: 2 x network Cards

2 x 10M Cat 5 Cables

1 x 5 port Ethernet switch

Price is actually £1
+£4.99 p&p
[edit] previously no limit to orders, now 2 per customer

(Deal thanks to scoobie inside another thread, but it deserves its own)
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#1
Anybody recieved anything from this company. Good / kept to del times. etc..
#2
Its another shopfront for bigpockets:
Ninty;7240676
The site is run by IT Solution LTD which owns Boffer, Big Pockets and one or two more. It's nothing to do with those Cdiscount conmen, don't worry
#3
For the less technical among you.

Almost all PCs and laptops now come with network capability (via a network cable) built in, so you wont need the network cards.

And if you have a router already you wont need a switch as you can already share the internet and share files between computers.

In fact I am not sure who this "kit" is aimed at.

The only people who may need it are those with old computers with no network card built in, and people without a router who want to share their interent connection.
#4
guilbert53
..... The only people who may need it are those with old computers with no network card built in, and people without a router who want to share their interent connection....


How about people with more than FOUR devices requiring an ethernet connection?

Anyway, I thought they were out of stock when I tried to place an order.
#5
tpol
How about people with more than FOUR devices requiring an ethernet connection?

Anyway, I thought they were out of stock when I tried to place an order.


the network cards are pretty much useless but the switch will come in very handy i have anetwork switch in my room splitting the ethernet connection to several devices that way it reduces the amount of wiring going from each device to router. Problem is this is supplied with a european psu so ia ssume its non uk plug.
#6
Mine arrived today - the PSU is a "wall wart" type, but it fits into a shaver adaptor without problems,
but its a standard 6v adaptor, so you may have a spare anyway - I have a few.

The switch is nice and small, and the blue CAT5 leads are actually 10M each.

Looks like its still in stock, but is now only 2 per customer (was previously unlimited).
#7
You only need a crossover cable to connect two computers.
#8
Actually you don't even need a crossover cable with modern auto-MDX network ports, a normal cable will work with just 2 PCs,
not what this deal is for though...
#9
That'll come in very useful, switch & cables so can run from router to room with desktop PC and xbox 360
#10
would this work to make an extension on my router as im running out of ports to connect things to ?
#11
tpol
How about people with more than FOUR devices requiring an ethernet connection?

Anyway, I thought they were out of stock when I tried to place an order.


Chain link more switches.
#12
katya1971
would this work to make an extension on my router as im running out of ports to connect things to ?


Yes, this will work, you will just use one port on your router to feed to the new switch. Then connect new devices to the new switch and all should be fine. This is what i will do one mine arrives, bargin at this price.
#13
thanks , will order one.

the other thing i need is to add another port at the tv where i have extended the Ethernet from my router under the floor to a wall plug for pocorn hour is it something different i need to add more ports on that? as i would effectively be adding an extension to an extension?
#14
got one of these in a 'sack of crap', gave it to a charity shop.
#15
Computerman;7243411
the network cards are pretty much useless .

I disagree, it's useful to have more than one physical network, one can be used for local file sharing msnetworking, printer sharing etc, the other can be used for internet access, these can use the same switch (with different subnets) or use another physical switch.
#16
Thanks - needed a couple of cheap switches, went a bit mad in the £1 and £2 shop when I was in there and spent about £30.
#17
The price is good for the switch by itself - the cheapest I could find a 5 port switch recently was about £9.

Switches are especially useful if you want to run a cable from the router to another room, then connect multiple ethernet devices in that room. I know that wireless is taking over these days but sometimes you want the speed and reliability of a cable connection. Plus the fact that many ethernet devices (like my Analog Telephone Adapter) only support wired connections, and buying a wireless access point for each one could get very expensive...
#18
guilbert53;7242616
For the less technical among you.

Almost all PCs and laptops now come with network capability (via a network cable) built in, so you wont need the network cards.

And if you have a router already you wont need a switch as you can already share the internet and share files between computers.

In fact I am not sure who this "kit" is aimed at.

The only people who may need it are those with old computers with no network card built in, and people without a router who want to share their interent connection.


the switch is useful.....i have a netgear switch which my xbox360 and sony blu ray in the living room are linked to (and soon the wii), the switch is linked to the excellent netgear hdx101 homeplugs......i dont use wireless much anymore as is totally unreliable and as for speeds even on n - no chance.....with wireless n my xbox360 dropped connection about 2-6 times and hour, homeplugs hardly ever maybe at worst about once a month and i average 30-60mpbs, the n router got nowhere near the fantasy 300mpbs marketing bull figure...mind you to be fair the router is in an office with a 12inch brick wall between the router and devices
banned#19
Cheers, got 2 ethernet switches, 4 PCI ethernet cards, 2 10m ethernet cables, 6 porcelain mugs, 3 T-Shirts, a set of speakers, an Air-Zooka and an umbrella for £15 delivered!
#20
benjus;7265896
The price is good for the switch by itself - the cheapest I could find a 5 port switch recently was about £9.

Switches are especially useful if you want to run a cable from the router to another room, then connect multiple ethernet devices in that room. I know that wireless is taking over these days but sometimes you want the speed and reliability of a cable connection. Plus the fact that many ethernet devices (like my Analog Telephone Adapter) only support wired connections, and buying a wireless access point for each one could get very expensive...

agreed speed and reliable connections are not wireless networks strong point...dont believe the speeds quoted either...you have more chance of winning the lottery than getting 300mpbs on wireless n
wired is far superior to wireless
#21
How do you apply the free delivery on orders over £15. I cannot seem to do it .ty
ps got mine today ordered Friday only wanted it for the cables lol
#22
I ordered a couple just for the switches. The four x 10m patch leads are a bonus. Not sure what to do with the PCI NICs. Th drivers suppied are for model F5D5000. According to the Belkin support site there are two versions of the NIC one for really old OS and one for the newer ones. It is not clear from NIC which version these are but I am fairly confident they are the old version. Anyone know for certain?
#23
just placed an order, the free delivery code still works, thanks op, heat added.
#24
Will never use bogoffers ever again just been shaf**ed by em on that belkin deal not happy pp claim gone in
#25
I would never use these Jokers. I bought the basketball net from them and the backboard came crashing down just missing my daughter who was playing with it at the time, the backbaord was prefitted so it was not an assembly problem. Their offer was for me to pay for return p&p and they would replace the backboard. I'm sure that there are lots and lots of people who have ordered from them and had no problem and that's great but if you are spending any more than £5 with them and it is not covered by CC insurance I wouldn't go near them.

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