Re: Reliability of Networking Hardware?

Protection is earth ground that every incoming utility must connect
to before entering a building. For example, if the CATV wire does not
make a hardwire connection to that common earth ground, then those
street utility wires are nothing more than an antenna connected
directly to the router. A direct path for lightning to connect to that
router. Typically destructive transients seek earth ground. Either
they get earthed before entering the building (no damage) OR get
earthed through a router connected to that cable (damage).

Plug-in protectors - power strips or UPSes - are promoted by myths.
They would have you believe it will somehow stop or block what even
three miles of sky could not. If a protector is not connected short to
an earth ground, then the protector is not connected to protection. No
protection - no earth ground - means no effective protection.
Therefore ineffective protectors make themselves obvious. They avoid
all discussion about earthing. Earthing - not to be confused with that
safety ground in a wall receptacle.

Most common source of lightning transients? Which wire is highest on
telephone poles? AC electric. The homeowner must provide an AC
electric 'whole house' protector sold by responsible manufacturers such
as Square D, Leviton, Intermatic, Cutler-Hammer, GE, and Siemens.
Notice that names such as APC, Tripplite, and Belkin are not listed.
The protector is not protection. The protector is effective when it
connects a destructive transient to protection - earth ground.
Effective (earthed) 'whole house' protectors for residential service
are sold in Home Depot, Lowes, and electrical supply houses. Effective
protectors have not been found in Radio Shack, Staples, Circuit City,
Walmart, Sears, Ace Hardware, Best Buy, Office Max, Kmart, or grocery

Look for yourself. Does it have a dedicated connector to earth
ground? Does manufacturer avoid all discussion about earthing?
Symptoms of ineffective and typically undersized protectors so often
hyped by others who also don't discuss earthing.

Can lightning cause electronics to become flakey? Yes. But so can
static electric discharges. Plug-in protectors also don't protect from
static electricity. That means a humidifier may be required to
maintain room humidity above 20%.

galt_57@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Just read someones rant about how they need to buy a new router every
year or two because they get flakey and start acting up. Is this
opinion utterly bogus or do a lot of people actually have trouble with
equipment that quickly gets intermittant and flakey? If so could this
perhaps be due to lightning damage?