I use the APC BR 1000 Back-UPS. I have my pc, modem and router plugged into the slots for Battery Backup outlets with surge protection. I am NOT using the In/Out Ethernet surge-protected ports on my BR 1000. Does this mean that the modem, router, pc are not protected from lightning strikes? I am concerned that a powerful lightning strike could send a surge thru the modem to the connected router and subsequently to my pc. I am obviously not an electrician
Yes it is quite possible that a lightning strike or any transients can be transmitted through the data lines coming into your equipment and potentially damage them.
It is always recommended to protect any power cables and data cables coming into the building before they connect to equipment.
We have a white paper on the subject if you'd like some bedtime reading!
Thank you for the information. Years ago my computer was severely damaged by a powerful lightening strike so I installed a surge protection device which allowed me run the phone line into the surge protector. A few months later we had another powerful lightening strike which destroyed the surge protector but did not harm any of my devices. This type of surge protector is mentioned in the article where the surge protector 'takes the hit' but spares the computer/equipment. My question is as follows: currently the the modem connects to the router. If I disconnect the ethernet line which currently runs from the modem to the router and instead run the same line from the modem to the modem (IN) slot in in the BR1000 Backup and then run a line from the PC (OUT) slot in the BR1000 to the router,will this protect my computer from lightening? If so will there be any degradation in my internet speed?
Thank you very much for your assistance,
It would be better to run the from the wall socket of the incoming internet connection to the Back UPS and then from the Back UPS to the modem.
What kind of internet connection is coming into the building?
In terms of internet speed there is always some attenuation of the signal when more electronics is introduced, but in terms of speed, it depends on the strength of the original signal, our circuitry for dataline protection introduces less than 0.1db of signal loss.
I will check when I get home tonight (I am in New Jersey) but I don't think the Optimum cable which enters our home will feed into the modem (IN) slot behind the BackUPS. Thanks again. Howard
Hi again Matt,
The cable which enters our home is an RG-11 line.
Whilst the BR1000 data line protection ports are RJ45, they will accept and protect the RJ11.
Hi Matt, My incoming internet/phone cable is actually a PPC EX6 coax cable. So just to confirm I am connecting my incoming internet/phone cable to the BR1000 coax(in) port and then using the coax cable which came with the BR1000 to connect from the BR1000 coax (out) back to the modem. Correct?
Yes that's correct.
Thank you very much Matt. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. H
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