I had started another thread on whole house surge protectors and the value of using them in combination with plug-in surge protectors. Forty-eight hours after I started that thread the weather models all started forecasting it would go over my head sometime Wednesday, August 30, 2023.
I’m going to use this thread to keep track of any power problems I experience.
My power protection:
Siemens BoltShield in the panel
Furman with SMP, LiFT and EVS in the HT rack
Three APC UPS used for PC’s, telecom and nightstand
External gas-discharge tube on coaxial Internet
3’ of fiber to air gap the modem from the router
Ethernet isolator before HT network switch
Tripp Lite Isobar surge strips in a couple of locations.
Of course, the ideal situation is to unplug everything before a major storm, but that only works if you know they are going to happen.
I'd like to ask this thread to stay focused on Idalia and any power related issues you suffer as a result.
I missed the important part. I’m NE of Hilton Head along the South Carolina coast. No fear of a hurricane surge here but we are expecting heavy rain and lightning over the next 48 hours, along with 80 MPH winds.
Around 5 AM this morning an unexpected thunderstorm hit. Around 10 AM during a rain shower my power glitched forcing a momentary UPS intervention. Odd because there was no reason I could tell for it. No local lightning, no sounds of transformers popping.
I should also say that if I can I absolutely WILL turn off the power to my equipment before a major storm, but that may or may not be possible, and I do intend to leave my telecom equipment on 24/7 as I need it for communication.
That last part is kind of iffy though as my cable provider and T-Mobile seem to be colocated nearby, so when the power goes out to the tower, so does the Internet. You would think these two systems would provide me with redundant coverage but about half the time they do not.
The low price surge protectors like Furman I plug tvs into and router
if Anyone has a seperate modem to router get rid of it ,outdated technologies
I had a older spectrum setup wall warts Suck !
I bought a Motorola 8702 combo it has the newer docsis 3.1 much bigger processor bigger buffer wifi range and picture on tv better , I put a Good 12 volt Linear Power supply on the router it made a very nice improvement in streaming sonics , from Linear Tube Audio , by far the best LPS under $1200, for $750 a steal
I compared with 5 other well known brands inside everything is far better if you are serious look no further ,mine is good up to 8 amps, they can build up to 20 volt units ,maybe more.
Being in North Central Florida I alway leave my rig unplugged until listening time. Currently feeling the effects as Idalia passes through. Fingers crossed the electricity stays on. I hear transformers popping in the distance.
Good luck Eric! I live in the Daytona Beach area and I am so fortunate that this area is just getting some rain (much needed!) and light wind. I feel for those in the path! Let us know how things go for you.
An SPD, (Surge Protection Device), will do nothing to protect from Utility Power surges, overvoltages, caused the high winds and storm water of the storm. SPDs only protect from high voltage transients lasting in a duration of a few milliseconds. Voltage surges, overvoltages, caused by the storm will last far more in duration than a few milliseconds.
Not always true. Furman protectors with Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) provides protection against lower but longer lasting voltage issues than the surge protection feature (SMP) .
These voltages can be otherwise undetected until equipment starts to fail.
Also, of course I will turn things off from power strips and breakers if the storm gets bad near me. For now I need it working so I can keep up with the news.
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