Cable modems and surge protectors

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bob5820, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. bob5820 macrumors 6502a

    bob5820

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    Had a problem with the internet a while back and Roadrunner ended up replacing the modem. Before he changed the modems he noticed that I had the cable connected from the wall to my surge protector and then to the modem, rather then connecting dirctly from the wall to the modem. He said that putting a surge protector in the loop was a bad idea and could lead to a lot of problems, though I can't remember if this was because of interference or a loss of signal strength. Has any one heard of this before. Isn't it a good idea to run it through the surge protrctor to protect against lightning strikes. From what I remember reading in the past a lightning srike is far more likely to travel down a telephone or cable line then it is through your electrical wiriing.
     
  2. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    I have heard that before but not so sure it is true. I however have not had any problems and I have it plugged in that way.
     
  3. luffx macrumors regular

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    Most surge protectors have poor signal throughput on their Coax lines, it's not a clean signal. I'm sure if you have a decent model, it'll be fine.

    Edit: If you really need it, I'd recommend a Monster Protector. Their products have worked great for me in the past, and they're are always boasting how minimal their RF loss is.
     
  4. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    From what I've heard, as long as your cable lines are underground, you should be ok. It's only if you have overhead lines that you should worry about a surge.
     

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