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Power down during electrical storms

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  1. golddust

    golddust Thread Starter

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    Just hooked up to an adsl service (Bellsouth). In the past, with our dialup service, I would turn off the power to computers and pull the modem connection (we live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida - "Lightning Capital of the World"). I'm now concerned whether powering down will interfer with my dsl modem and my router operation (had some issues with both on connection - seem to be cured now). During the summer this is almost a daily occurence.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    If there is a problem (and there should not be) then the problem needs to be attended to.

    Normal circumstance would not create a problem by disconnection.
     
  3. TerryNet

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    I ditto kiwiguy. Powering down/disconnecting should give no problem. If you do experience any problems then make sure you power up in order: modem, router, computers.
     
  4. BenWasTaken

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    Why don't you just buy a surge protector?
     
  5. brushmaster1

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    A surge protector may help with minor line voltage spikes, but will do little to protect from a lightning strike.

    On the other hand, I never disconnect during thunderstorms, and I've yet to sustain any damage...
     
  6. loony_taz00

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    I never even shut down my computer during a storm, But it will be my fault when it gets screwed
     
  7. TerryNet

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    In my neighborhood all the utilities are underground; have noticed few problems during storms. However, in previous place power and phone lines were on poles. One of my dial-up modems was fried when an unexpected storm hit. Another time the modem died along with part of the motherboard; since it got replaced under warranty I never mentioned that I suspected a pulse on the phone line (no storm though).

    Another modem died suddenly while I was connected to a motel system.

    Even though it seems "safe" here, I use surge protector and for storms power down everything.
     
  8. valis

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    yah, a direct hit will eat any surge protector on earth for lunch, and start on every thing connected to it.

    Like to live dangerously, eh, brushmaster? I always unplug everything I want to keep during a t-storm. Now, if I could find a way to plug the stuff I don't want IN, I'd be set.
     
  9. jmwills

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    You are more likely to get a hit over a phone line than an electrical line, so DSL could be an issue.
     
  10. StumpedTechy

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    I leave mine up 24/7 and decide I'll let my home owners insurance sort it all out should I have any problem...

    Then again I also have 6 PC's up at any given time too and I'm not going to run around and turn them all off and disconnect them all.
     
  11. StumpedTechy

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    BTW I live in FL too and no bad luck here in the 9+ years I have been here *knock on wood*
     
  12. golddust

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    Obviously you are not familiar with the strength of the lightening strikes around this neck of the woods. Not only do we have surge protector strips on all our electronic devices (computers, tvs, etc) but we had one installed on the circuit board. The result was that in a couple of years our big screen tv took two hits (fortunately the extended warranty took care of the repairs). After the first one we went back to pulling plugs, but the second one happened when we were out of town and had forgotten to pull the plug before going away. Oh, by the way, our new neighbors got hit a month or two back, blew a hole in their roof and burned out several of there new appliances.
     
  13. golddust

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    You sound like the kid in the college computer lab I warned when he got his new computer. Guess what, two weeks later he'd fried his modem.
     
  14. golddust

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    All the phone lines here are underground, but ground strikes have been known to get into the phone lines anyway. Some areas here have underground electric, but the same thing can happen.
     
  15. golddust

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    Letting your home owner's insurance handle it isn't the wisest thing. These days insurance companies are just looking for reasons to dump policy holders or raise premiums. Save the home owner's insurance for the big stuff (and hope it never happens) and pull the plugs.
     
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