A Tip to keep your receiver running

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by FlBillsfan, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. FlBillsfan

    FlBillsfan Legend

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    In SWFla we are subjected to NUMEROUS thunderstorms. I VERY RARELY lose signal, however the electricity goes out quite often during these storms, usually only for a couple of minutes. I don't have to tell you how long it takes to reaquire sat. signal when power is lost. I saw a battery backup surge protector for sale at staples a couple weeks ago & bought it for that reason. It was put to the test yesterday. We had a storm that lasted hours & lost electricity 7 or 8 times. I have two HR20-700 DVR's plugged in to the battery backup & both kept running. It will be nice to not miss anymore recordings or plays when watching a game.
     
  2. or270

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    I got over a dozen UPS's around the house, all DVR's, computers, even the multiswitch has its own, also got the propane wall heater blower on a big APC SU2200 110 pounds beast.

    Live in a very rural area, and have a couple of short dropouts a month, but hey it is a co-op and the rates are cheap:D
     
  3. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    I'm the exception to the "rule" . . . my power is incredibly stable and I have good house wiring. I've had DVRs in the house for 7-1/2 years and the only one to ever fail was an original DirecTivo, a Phillips DSR6000. Hard drive failed about a month out of the 90 days warranty. I replaced it with a bigger drive and put it back into service for the next 6 years or so. My original HR20-700 is 2-1/2 years old this month and works great, as do my other R/HR2x boxes and an R15 I've had for about two years now. Never had a computer fail due to power issues either.

    Your mileage obviously may vary. :)
     
  4. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

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    I get lot of brief power drops during winter storms, ups makes things a little more bearable during them :)
     
  5. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

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    200$ APC1500 saved my 4k worth of equipment at least once here.. Had lines come down on the street, fried stuff all over the neighborhood (including a few things in my house) but my TV was on the whole time :)
     
  6. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

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    had my own generator drop load when wire vibrated loose causing issue, ups really helped there :)
     
  7. knoxbh

    knoxbh Legend

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    After having 3 hurricanes come thru Winter Haven, Fl during a 2 month period, had a whole house gas (500 gallon tank) generator installed the next year and at the most have a 35 second delay (before generator kicks in) in service. If we never have another hurricane, we feel it was worth the money.
     
  8. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

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    A UPS switches in a few milliseconds...I'd add that to your generator, especially since generator power can be a bit "dirty" at times. Here in rural Iowa, we have at least a couple interruptions a week (winkies), and several 30 min or more per summer (bad thunderstorms). A UPS is an absolute requirement in this area for any piece of equipment one actually cares about.:)
     

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