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post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by TwoCables;13687987 
Surge suppressors are not able to protect against lightning strikes, so they must be unplugged too.

Have I been lied to growing up?
post #12 of 17
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So what's the point of a surge suppressor?
There are surges and dips that are happening constantly. Most of them are constantly coming from the power company while the rest happen each and every single time some appliance is turned on or off. Such appliances include a microwave, a space heater, a garage door opener, a power tool, an upright vacuum, a "can" vacuum, a heater or vent in a bathroom, a washing machine, a dryer, an electric stove, an electric oven, a window air conditioner, central air conditioning, a dehumidifier, a refrigerator, a freezer, a blender, a hair dryer, etc., etc., etc.

Surge suppressors are just as vulnerable to lightning strikes as anything else. In fact, many make you think they're still working after they're destroyed because the LEDs might stay lit up when in fact their protective properties have been completely destroyed.

So when a strong or severe thunderstorm is about to come through, always unplug everything including the surge suppressor and including cable and phone lines and wait it out. It's better to be safe than it is to be wishing you had unplugged. Even a nearby strike can be devastating. Worse yet, it only takes one strike and it's completely unpredictable.


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Have I been lied to growing up?
Yeah, but so was I. In fact, I used to think all surge suppressors were all the same too.
Edited by TwoCables - 5/30/11 at 5:54pm
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post #13 of 17
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Got a new Ultra Ethernet adapter and everything works great!

Thanks all! +rep

For those wondering, I was a mess 10 minutes ago. My USB modem just died out on me as well and my rig wasn't shutting down. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get it to work. Other USB devices weren't working either.

But as soon as I changed out the NIC, everything worked perfectly.
Very curious
Edited by frickfrock999 - 5/31/11 at 1:04pm
post #14 of 17
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Got a new Ultra Ethernet adapter and everything works great!

Thanks all! +rep

For those wondering, I was a mess 10 minutes ago. My USB modem just died out on me as well and my rig wasn't shutting down. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get it to work. Other USB devices weren't working either.

But as soon as I changed out the NIC, everything worked perfectly.
Very curious
I have had a few big storms roll through and they killed my onboard NIC and a NIC in another computer in a PCI slot. I always had a router in between the modem and PC though.

But, more in line with your statement, I had to dissable onboard LAN in the bios and on the other PC, I had to remove the NIC to even get it to boot.
 
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post #15 of 17
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So what's the point of a surge suppressor?
for I/O ports you need a data line protector not a surge supressor. Surge supressors don't protect I/O ports
post #16 of 17
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for I/O ports you need a data line protector not a surge supressor. Surge supressors don't protect I/O ports
Yeah, but do data line protectors protects against lightning strikes?

Personally, I am doubting it.
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post #17 of 17
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Have I been lied to growing up?
It's not the rubber in your tires that protect you from a strike when inside your car, it's the metal frame that directs it to ground THROUGH the tires. Lightning is unbelievably powerful. A surge protector doesn't stand a chance.
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