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Surge Protector?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by ron mexico75, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 Cool Member

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    [SIZE=small]I'm going to be getting a new Panasonic ST60. I have a Directv receiver, Apple TV, will be getting a JBL sound bar and a blue ray player. I found this surge protector on Amazon which received great reviews. However, is it imperative to have a surge protector that allows coax cable and ethernet cable to also run through it? I was in Lowes yesterday and also saw this one. Any opinions on which one to get or should I be looking at something different?[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=small]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000511U7/ref=ox_sc_act_image_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER



    http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=131973-66906-UTHT8002&catalogId=10051&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=3158685
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  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Get an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) and don't run coax or ethernet on it.
     
  3. jimmie57

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  5. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Ron-

    Do note there are large differences between a surge protector and an UPS. Some of us don't use either.
     
  6. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 Cool Member

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    Well these dedicated power sources in these battery backups that some of you guys recommending are just way too big. This needs to be hidden behind a small bookcase in the family room that is in plain sight.

    So are you guys saying that the eight or nine dollar surge protectors at Walmart are no different than these $50-$70 units that I have been looking at?
     
  7. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    You've invested $$$ in your A/V gear so you need to protect it. Take a look at either Furman or Panamax Power Line Conditioners/Surge Protectors. They have a large selection to choose from.
     
  8. harsh

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    Some have clean and stable shore power. Others, not so much.

    I'm guessing your power comes from hydroelectric sources.
     
  9. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    It should be noted that while a lot of the specs look similar (especially the insurance coverage), the Joules rating on a good surge protector typically runs much higher than those of a typical UPS.
     
  10. TBoneit

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    That could be, however a UPS will let your DVR keep recording during a brief power outage. I get occasional brief outages that last just long enough to reset the DVRs.
     
  11. jimmie57

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    That is the reason that I use the UPS plugged into the wall and the Surge suppressor plugged into the UPS.
     
  12. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    If you reversed that, wouldn't the cheaper suppressor protect the more costly UPS? Or is there some tradeoff that nixes that?
     
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    This seems like a more logical arrangement to me (though I have no documentation to back it up).

    If you place a cheap-ass surge suppressor (one that "crowbars" the power to ground) downstream of the UPS, it will cause the output of the UPS to go to zero until the event passes. If you put it upstream, it kills the surge (along with the power) but the UPS may switch in to keep the power up (depending on how good it is).

    If you use a quality surge suppressor (employing a gas discharge tube), the voltage is clamped instead of shunted to ground and it probably would still be better on the upstream side, protecting the UPS as you suggest.
     
  14. jimmie57

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    Sounds logical, I will have to give that some thought and look at how many items I have plugged into my surge suppressors.
     

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