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Old 7th September 2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Lightening Storm, Now No Internet?

What to do in the case lightning hits.

"After lightening storm can cause your router and/or modem to freeze or lock up, like a computer sometimes does. Unplug both your router and modem from the wall (in some cases you may only have one of these). Wait at least 60 seconds and then plug your modem back in. Wait another 60 seconds and then plug your router back in. Give this equipment a few minutes (up to five) to turn back on."

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Old 12th September 2006, 07:05 PM   #2
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The suggestion to use power supply interrupts (surge protectors) is one of the cheapest and best protections you can implement.

Worst case scenario: ALL of your equipment is fried, including your hard drive, motherboard and all of the other components in your computer ... and YOU, if you are using it at the time. (Can you say "slag heap"?)

Lightning can carry ampere levels over 50,000 (your typical home wiring can support around 30 amps per circuit) and voltage in the millions range. If there is a direct strike on your building, there can be significant damage to any electrical device, despite most of the power being diverted into the ground by safeguards in the system. It only takes 0.002 amperes running through your chest to kill you.

All of the stories you have heard about not using certain things in a lightning storm (telephone, shower, computer, etc.) are TRUE! Lightning is one of the most powerful natural forces on the planet, and it demands respect.

If you are experiencing a lightning storm, even within a few miles, turn off your equipment and read a book until it passes. No (wired) telephones, no showers. Lightning does not need to strike your building directly for you to get zapped.

So ... get yourself a decent surge protector, will ya?

(Good tips on doing basic device checks in the article.)

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Old 15th September 2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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The suggestion to use power supply interrupts (surge protectors) is one of the cheapest and best protections you can implement.
i agree. a step up from a surge protector is getting one that has a UPS (uninterrupted power supply, essentially a battery) built in. that way you can safely turn off your computer/electronics without a hard shutdown. some will even shutdown your computer automatically when the batter gets low enough.

UPS systems are not that expensive, either. i think you can get a basic model for ~$60. well worth it. APC is a good brand to check out. they also sell factory refurbished units, which is what i buy!

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