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HDE PC and Network Test Kit – Motherboard POST Analyzer, Network Cable Tester & Power Supply Tester

HDE PC and Network Test Kit – Motherboard POST Analyzer, Network Cable Tester & Power Supply Tester
Offered by HDE CA Price: CDN$ 16.95

Computer geeks like me really appreciate a kit like this, well worth the small investment

(8/10)

For any home computer geek this is a nice test kit.

Like so many others I like to build and trouble shoot/repair my own PC’s. This means that inevitably I will need to test some aspect of the hardware when things just don’t boot up. It’s hard to tell what needs to be looked at or replaced if you don’t have a means to test individual components. This little kit is actually a three in one solution.

For testing power supplies I’ve used a number of different but all similar products what you use to plug in every cable that comes out of a PSU. Some have had digital readouts but most like this one use LED’s located next to a voltage value to indicate if the PSU is functioning correctly. I’m happy with this set up and have found that the digital readout versions really are no better at telling you if the PSU is working or not. Being able to see that a voltage is off by .3 or .7 of a volt really doesn’t mean anything since you can’t service the thing anyway. It either puts out a useable voltage or it doesn’t. So what you really need is for the device to tell you if the power supply is good or not.

The mother board diagnostics card won’t show you every fault that is likely to happen but it does go a long way to helping trouble shoot a problem. It’s simple enough to use but make sure to follow the instructions. The last thing you want is to hook thing up wrong and cause problems.

The Ethernet cable tester has come in handy many times. If a cable never gets moved after its plugged in there’s nothing to worry about and in a racked set up this is normally the case however in a home or small office things change and cables get moved, pinched, squeezed, and tugged on. The only real way to suss out which cable is bad is to have a tester. You do need to attach one piece at each end so knowing which cable goes to which port is a good thing. If the original installation didn’t include marking the cables than you can use this tester to identify individual cables but you’ll need a helper or run back and forth between the two end locations. I like how easy this is to operate, it has one switch. You simply plug the main piece into the end of the cable you want to test and the other remote piece into the other. Power it on and watch the lights. If they scroll down one by one and then start over you have a good cable. If it hangs on one light this represents which wire in the line is bad. This could be the cable itself or connector. If you don’t know which the right cable is at the remote end you plug the known end into the control box and then move the remote end from line to line till the lights on it start to scroll as the line is now being tested. Simple and straight forward.

This really will save you a lot of time and headaches if you like to do your own builds or repairs. It’s well worth the investment.

 

Very well designed and engineered to last a long time plus it’s easy to set up and use

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