Guest thecableguy Posted April 19, 2006 CID Report Share Posted April 19, 2006 Everyone is quick to protect their other electronic equipment in their houses with surge protection but very few actually think to make sure their cablemodem is also protected. It's critically important to protect not only the cablemodem power but also the 75ohM cable coming from the outside that provides your cablemodem's signal (remember...your computer is connected to the router bone which is connected to the modem bone....). If lightning should somehow find it's way to your unprotected modem you will no doubt lose your modem, router and in many cases the nic inside your pc and in very bad close encounters with lightning your motherboard will be toast as well. Don't just go out and buy a surge protector from your local Walmart. First contact your ISP and ask them what surge protectors are compatible with their network (as many are not and will cause you signal issues later on....remember...bad signal....bad bandwidth and performance). Many ISP's offer surge protection products that are certified to run on their networks and include a protected equipment warranty that will replace any connected equipment that gets damaged should the worst happen. Moreover many also have agreements with the manufacturer (eg: Panamax) of the surge protector that waives the issue of "did you have the surge protector connected properly" so the manufacturer cannot come back and say they aren't going to cover your smoked computer because you didn't have it plugged into their device correctly (this happens alot with these surge protector manufacturers). So before you go out and spend $49.00 on a decent surge protector with warranty check with your local ISP...they may a better deal not to mention free professional installation and you will never have to worry about the device causing issues with your modem and if the worst happens.....hey....you're covered and you won't get any grief filing your claim and getting your stuff replaced. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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