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Lighning questions

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by goatranch, May 21, 2007.


  1. goatranch

    goatranch
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    I recently was hit by lightning and everything was running through a surge protector except, you guessed, the modem. Argh!!! It fried, the power supply and probably the CPU fried.

    My question is I leave my PC on almost 100% of the time. Should I shut it off during storms or on weekends when I will not be working?? Even though it now has two surge protectors with modem going into both??
     
  2. lens

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    Just having it shut off will NOT protect you against lightning!

    Unplugging everything (LAN cable, modem cable, power cable) is the safest route during a storm, but not always most practical. Running all devices thru surge protectors and UPS' is the next best protection.

    All the good (not $3 variety) surge protectors and UPS' have insurance coverage for damage when your devices are plugged into them.
     

  3. goatranch

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    I am running EVERYTHING now through a Philips surge protector AND a UPC battery backup/surge protector. I guess you live and learn...sometimes the hard way.