Should I be using a surge protector to protect my MacPro's ethernet?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by AppleWorking, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. AppleWorking macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2009
    I have a DSL modem with the power adapter for the modem plugged into a surge protector. The phone line going into the modem is not surge protected. (I don't really care about the modem because it's a cheap piece of equipment that came with my internet service.) The thing is, I don't use the wireless function of the modem, but I use a ethernet cable from the modem directly to my MacPro. Should I be running this ethernet cable through a surge protector first, and then plugging it into my MacPro? It just dawned on me that I wasn't doing this. :eek: And I was wondering if my motherboard or something could get fried in an electrical storm if I don't do this? I would hate for something like this to happen to my precious. :D:(
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    The ethernet port of my father's eMac was shot this way a few years ago.
    It only affected the ethernet chip and nothing else but I guess he was just lucky.

    So yes, it is a good idea to use a surge protector.
  3. wpc33 macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    Funny, I had never heard of a surge protector for ethernet. I recall seeing one including coaxial cable, but laughed it off, as it came standard on a "Monster" SP my friend bought, and I figured it was marketing.
  4. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    If you get lightning storms in your area and you like your mac then this is a very good idea. Lightning/electrical surges enter people's homes over the phone lines (and I guess cable) in a damaging way, more than by any other means.

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