Questions about surge protectors can be asked as long as it related to use with your computer or peripherals and when attempting to determine the proper level of protection required for your equipment. Purchasing recommendations are strictly off topic.

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How does ethernet, coax, and telephone surge protection work?

So I'm planning on buying a UPS and I see that they have ports for protection of ethernet, coax, and telephone lines. I've read answers on these three questions, but none of them address this ...
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Need some explanation about PC and AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulator) [closed]

I have an AVR and my PC plugged into. I Live in Europe and the voltage in the mains is +-240V. The AVR has a LCD display showing the current input (mains) is 237 and the output voltage 210-217V. My ...
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Did not unplug computer, power outage. Is it safe?

My office building is doing some maintenance work and they said they will shut off the power supply from midnight to 6am -- They told everyone in the building to turn off their computers and unplug ...
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Do i need voltage stabilisers for Computers and other electronic devices without motor?

Searching on internet i've found this article https://www.bijlibachao.com/appliances/voltage-stabilizer-for-television-refrigerator-air-conditioner.html Where i've read that electronic devices and ...
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What is essential to test after a power surge for an unprotected PC? [closed]

If a power surge occurs at such a level that a total blackout has occurred, but my Windows PC still boots correctly, what are the most vulnerable areas of my hardware that I should check or tests I ...
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Power surge protection levels, spec of protective hardware

For some reason I experienced an extremely brief power cut (half a second or so) and it corrupted my desktop PC's BIOS (ROM?) which had to be restored and reconfigured. This is despite using a surge ...
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Monitor connected to a surge protector goes blank for a few seconds everytime room lights are switched on

I have noticed this problem in 2 separate locations. In both cases they are computer monitors connected to a surge protector extension cord. Every time the lights or fans are switched on or the ...
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What is the black powder/dust around a surge protector?

A tree had fallen down and taken out the electric line with a huge bang! So all the electric went off. Then I noticed loads of black powder/soot around a surge protector extension cable. It looks ...
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ASUS Anti-Surge Protection? [closed]

Recently built a new PC, here are the specs: MB: ASUS Z97-A PSU: Corsair CX600M CPU: 4690K GPU: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming SSD: Samsung 120GB 850 HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB RAM: 2x4GB HyperX ...
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What about placing a voltage regulator behind an UPS with modified sine output, to protect an active pfc psu?

I moved to an area/building where there are quite some problems with the wall-power supply. Primaraly I would like to protect my computers, secondary I would like have some affordable UPS for some of ...
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Any way to protect my electronics in a rented house with no grounded outlets?

I'm renting a place that's older and has no ground on any of the outlets. I thought a surge protector might help some, but a storm yesterday fried my desktop, my hard drive with all my downloads, and ...
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Is it worth getting a voltage stabiliser?

My PC has now blown 3 13A fuses in total (each in the power strip the PC was plugged into) and I've been told that a voltage stabiliser would help. I'm just wondering if they always solve the problem ...
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Surge Protection with modem

I have a UPS between my PC and the wall, this also has input and output called Cable/Video Surge Protection. So the only potential damage path is the modem to the router to my computer through ...
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ASUS Anti-surge protection fried (?) MOB and PSU

I bought a pc about 2 months ago and it was working great until yesterday. I was playing Magika ( steam game ) which is a very light game and suddenly my PC rebooted. When it came back, the initial ...
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Anti Surge Support option in BIOS Setup

There is an option called Anti Surge Support in my BIOS setup. The user manual of my ASUS H87I-PLUS motherboard gives no explanation on it, and I can't get exactly what it is after googling. Could you ...
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How to verify that a surge protector actually works?

I need surge protectors to prevent expensive equipment from exploding. Manufacturers of these devices obviously make a lot of fantastic claims about features and performance, but how can I trust them ...
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I get regular power surges and my UPS ticks a lot due to a welding plant. Is this good or bad?

In our home, there is a mechanic who often uses a welding plant. When he uses it, I think we get a power surge. My UPS ticks madly (not beep, it ticks). Sometimes, I even lose power to the keyboard. ...
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Should you plug a laser printer directly into a wall socket?

Based on this answer to the question "Why shouldn't I attach laser printers or scanners to a UPS?", and a comment made by Blunder, should you plug a printer directly into a wall socket and avoid ...
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Concerning repeated power outages and blackouts, what power protection device should be used for PC's and laptops?

We encounter numerous blackouts here where I live. I've heard of UPS's and other devices such as surge suppressors, etc... My question is, aside from the integrated battery (which is said to provide ...
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UPS for hard drive protection

I am in a place where electricity is not ideal (old house, no ground), sometimes it occasionally shuts down and supposedly there are some spikes. I consider using UPS with the goal to increase ...
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Surge protectors: Do they make anything like “Power Center” anymore?

See this: It's called Power Center and I am STILL using the same one that I got with my first PC back in 1995! It still works, but I think it's time to upgrade to a new one, but I cannot find ...
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Surge Protectors - Wall Outlet Plug vs. Stationary Surge Protector

While the former will cost 3 times less: The latter will cost more: Question: Are both almost the same or the latter is better (which i suppose is judging by price)?
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Does a Coaxial Lightning Surge Protector protect against Power Surges?

Does a coaxial lightning surge protector also protect against power surges? I don't know if there is a difference between lightning surges and power surges, thus I ask this question. I have a ...
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Using Laptop Battery And Surge Protector Instead Of UPS? [closed]

I was thinking of using battery and surge protector instead of UPS. With UPS you have to: Do checkups Ship for battery replacements i.e it is a hassle. With laptop battery you have nothing to ...
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Is there a way to tell the laptop battery when to stop charging?

I don't want my laptop's battery to always be at 100% because it lessens battery life, especially when above 25 Celcius, the lowest summer temperature in Israel (currently 30C - 32C). I prefer to keep ...
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Can Electric Surge Go Through Modem And Fry Laptop?

I have cable internet connection and cable connects to modem. From modem there is a LAN cable connecting to my laptop. Can electric surge reach my laptop?
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Unplug computer during thunderstorms?

I once heard from a friend of mine that it's good practice to disconnect your computer and tv during a thunderstorm to avoid damage from electrical surges caused by lightning strikes. It kind of makes ...
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Is UPS wattage rating for battery backup outlets only?

I have a Back-UPS ES 550 from APC, and I'm wondering if that 550 wattage rating is for the battery backup side only or all outlets? It has 8 outlets. 4 that say battery backup, and 4 that say surge ...
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What to look for in a good UPS?

I just asked this question where my PC may have been fried due to a power surge. Now I'm browsing around and I'm curious what characteristics make a quality UPS? What should I be looking at? Should I ...
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Advice for UPC/Surge Protector in home office [closed]

I'm just starting out as an independant developer, mostly Unix stuff with some Windows thrown in occasionally. I've been running two machines, a linux and a windows dev machine. Long story short, we ...
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Why are brownouts so harmful?

I was reading http://superuser.com/questions/32840/is-surge-protection-actually-needed and well I'd like to know why brownouts are so harmful. The explanation gave there is "the capacitors get above ...
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Performance Hit While Routing Cable Internet Through Surge Protector?

I recently purchased a Belkin surge protector with cable line protection. I have cable Internet, and that cord is plugged into my modem, which has an Ethernet going to my router where it splits and ...
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Is surge protection actually needed?

Am I am an idiot for not using a surge protected powerboard? Does this mean my computer gets fried in a power outage? Which particular parts of the computer are most vulnerable to damage if I get a ...
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What are the chances a power surge can wipe out a whole system? How can I tell?

I was on my computer and all of a sudden it shut off and the lights in my house dimmed. When I tried to turn it back on, nothing happened and there was a burning smell coming from my comp. I sent in ...
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Powerline Ethernet surge protection

Following the recent weather events in my village (see related question) I'm looking at better power protection for my equipment, specifically a UPS and a set of replacement surge protectors which, it ...