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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 06:57 AM - Thread Starter
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I saw this pretty neat Belkin SurgeMaster surge protector, thought maybe I should get it. It has protection for ethernet as well. If I connect my internet cable through it, does it slow it down at all? This might be a stupid question, but I'm curious rolleyes.gif

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Short answer yes they do slow it down and add ping time but it is very minimal and you would not notice it doing a speedtest.
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Probably.  My surge suppressor has inputs/outputs for both cable and ethernet, so of course I was using them.  One day I started having internet problems that seemed rather sudden, so I ended up having to have a Comcast tech come out.  He fixed the problem, and then just before he left, he noticed that I have both the cable and the ethernet connection going through my surge suppressor and told me to disconnect it because it can hurt internet performance.  He also assured me that this extra layer of protection is mostly a gimmick to help sell the surge suppressor.

 

You had to be here, but the way he explained it made me realize that there's no good reason to have any internet-related stuff going through the surge suppressor (or phone-related stuff for that matter).

 

I'm not saying that the internet problems were caused by having my connection going through the surge suppressor, but I'm saying that just before he left after fixing the problem, he mentioned that I didn't have to have anything going through the surge suppressor.  I guess you could say that he was just doing me a favor by giving me that helpful tip.



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Two Cables, funny thing, I had lost my internet 2 weeks ago and had called Comcast about it. The first thing they asked was if I had the cable running through any other device (splitter, surge protector etc), and I said no. They were going to send out a tech in a few days. After I got off the phone, I realized I had it running through my surge protector by the computer. I disconnected it and put it straight from the wall to the modem and the internet stated working.

As for speed, I noticed no difference between the 2 connections.

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Two Cables, funny thing, I had lost my internet 2 weeks ago and had called Comcast about it. The first thing they asked was if I had the cable running through any other device (splitter, surge protector etc), and I said no. They were going to send out a tech in a few days. After I got off the phone, I realized I had it running through my surge protector by the computer. I disconnected it and put it straight from the wall to the modem and the internet stated working.
As for speed, I noticed no difference between the 2 connections.

 

Nice edit.  Quack, quack!  hehe :)

 

Anyway, I think I remember the tech saying something now about how I might end up with connectivity problems in the future if I leave it connected through the surge suppressor.



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I had a similar issue with connectivity problems when connected through my surge suppressor. Suddenlink came out, connected my modem directly and the problem was solved.

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Nice edit.  Quack, quack!  hehe smile.gif

Anyway, I think I remember the tech saying something now about how I might end up with connectivity problems in the future if I leave it connected through the surge suppressor.
LOL, I love when I have multiple windows open.

I don't know what the deal was though, I had it set up that way with the same modem, cables and surge protector untouched for 3+ years without an issue, then suddenly connection was gone.

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lighting hit us just last week, had a surge protector for my power but not earthnet or cable, the modem blew out and 1 usb in the rear of my pc, so i,m not sure which way to go but going to try a surge protector that has both earthnet and the cable options, buddy of mine uses the brand monster says his internet works fine using cable into the surge protector then a small cable from surge protector to modem, mite be worth a try
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lighting hit us just last week, had a surge protector for my power but not earthnet or cable, the modem blew out and 1 usb in the rear of my pc, so i,m not sure which way to go but going to try a surge protector that has both earthnet and the cable options, buddy of mine uses the brand monster says his internet works fine using cable into the surge protector then a small cable from surge protector to modem, mite be worth a try

monster stuff is horribly overpriced but actually quite reliable


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Ethernet, not earthnet.  :)

 

Earthnet would be a cool name for an ISP!

 

Anyway, it's not that your internet connection is ruined by having it go through the surge suppressor, but it's that it can be slowed down a little.  The only way to find out is by doing a few Before & After tests (one isn't enough).



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