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I got this product to put in my room to run into my new TV. Before I put this signal booster in the chain i was getting a lot of interference and couldn't watch Top Gear at all because the picture would halt between interlaced field switches. This booster very much solved the problem. I bought it from Amazon for around £9 and wasn't expecting it to be as good as the one my Mum spent double the amount on a year before. When it arrived, I was impressed by its very small size as it was similar to the size of my palm. It was very easy to set up and the guide was clear and simple which is all you can ask for really. Upon plugging it into my TV I was pretty impressed. All the channels tuned in without a hitch and I got a good picture! I hardly ever get any interference at all now and can watch The Fades without fear of missing huge chunks of the story!
I remember reading Newby's review on this last week and thinking that we could do with one of these for our kitchen telly. Yesterday whilst in our local town, we were pottering around Boyes Store (I like to look at all their little knick-knacks and we buy our firelighters from there!) and I saw both the 2 way and the 6 way boosters hanging in their little moulded transparent plastic packs on one of the shelf display hooks.
I took down the 2 way one and had a good peruse! Even an ignoramus could come to terms with what seemed like a fairly basic diagrammatical instruction on the back of the packet..............but my wife wasn't going to be installing it! (Boom! Boom!) She leaves all that kind of thing to me.
The reason we bought this device is that we are limited on options for locating the telly in the kitchen given the fixed configuration of appliances etc and the only place for the telly is on top of the microwave. However, the reception on that side of the house, which has a solid stone wall isn't as good as on the other side which faces south and is mostly glass. We haven't linked the telly in the kitchen to the Sky system - we just have a Freeview LCD one in the kitchen. We mostly use it at breakfast time and my wife will often use it for watching the soaps. I also use it when I am preparing our meals.
The trouble with it is that on several of the channels, the reception is dodgy and the picture and sound suffer interference to the extent that these channels are unwatchable. You have to switch it back onto normal telly to get BBC2 for example because you can't watch it via Freeview. Or rather you couldn't.......................but you can now!
I fitted this small round device this morning and triumphantly showed off to my wife that her problem had been solved by her brilliant husband. Her response was that she didn't like the extra clutter and cable, but this was a spurious complaint because the unit is only about 3 inches in diameter and once I had tidied the cable away behind the microwave, she was less grumpy.
The instruction leaflet is clear and it had taken me all of 5 minutes to complete the installation without difficulty. I needed to use a double adaptor to accommodate the extra 3 pin plug.
I don't know how the thing works from a technical perspective - other than the fact that it manages to boost the standard signal, but for most but not all of the Freeview channels we had struggled with before, we now have an improved reception.
The 2 way booster was priced at only £6.99 so that seemed to me to be an excellent investment. Philex are an established company in this market sector and offer a full range of other products.
==Philex 2 Way Aerial Booster==
Having recently started getting a fair bit of interference with our television reception, I thought that there must be an easier solution to trying to get a better signal ourselves than call out one of these overpriced specialists, and indeed there was.
The Philex aerial booster is sold in Argos and there are a few different types to choose from. I purchased a 2 way aerial booster for myself and seeing as I was there I thought I would get one for Mum too as her TV in the kitchen always has pretty poor signal. I needed a 2 way as we have the front room and kitchen TV sets running from the same wall socket. Mum however only needed a 1 way booster as her kitchen TV has a wall socket all of its own. There was also the possibility to get a 3 way aerial booster if needed. The prices all vary depending on how many ways you need to split the signal. My 2 way one cost £9 which was £1 more than Mums one.
The signal booster itself is very easy to set up and use and comes in a basic small cardboard box. All that is needed to get the thing up and working is to plug the unit into an electricity main and then plug the aerial cable from the wall into the booster. You then need a further aerial cable to come from the booster to your TV/digibox.
There is a small sheet of instructions included with the booster and this shows an easy to follow diagram depicting the route that the cables need to take. I found this easy to do on our TV even with the 2 way booster. Mum is not so competent at these things and even after taking a little look herself decided it would be simpler for me to set the aerial booster up for her.
I have to say that I wasn't really expecting too much with this booster as it seemed so small and such a cheap price. However the item really did work and work pretty well too. The small box itself is discreet and hides behind the TV nicely and out of sight whilst making sure that our picture on the television is far better than it always was. Since having it we have had no real interference or picture disturbance like we used to get before and I would say that it was £9 very well spent.
Mums aerial was pretty bad and although having this booster has greatly improved her picture, it hasn't completely resolved all of her signal issues but I feel this is because she is in an aerial black spot and not much else will help her signal out. I do however feel that this is really worth buying if you are having aerial problems and I would highly recommend trying it if you are having picture problems.
It is a cheap alternative to calling out a specialist and really worth trying. I think a score of 5 out of 5 stars from me and a very high recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Philex / 2 way aerial booster.