[ubuntu-uk] Preventing lightning strike & surges
robinmenneer at gmail.com
Sat May 26 15:08:07 BST 2007
On 5/26/07, Ian Pascoe <softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Hi Robin
> You've a number of alternatives - as always - and it depends on what you
> to spend.
> Firstly, looking at the mains supply. If you're in such an en-lightening
> area, unless your place is on top of a hill, I would have thought you'd
> to protect everything, so get an electrician to install a protection unit
> between the meter and the distribution board. Alternatively, and perhaps
> addition, add surge protection to your mains outlets using plug ins.
> BT provides Line Conditioning Units for exactly your scenario - although I
> don't know if they're compatible with BB / ADSL.
> Alternatively, belkin, I think, makes a 4 gang socket surge protection
> an inbuilt telephone socket.
> Normal disclaimer applies to all above.
> Oh, and of course the other option is to move!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
> [mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Robin Menneer
> Sent: 25 May 2007 21:30
> To: British Ubuntu Talk
> Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Preventing lightning strike & surges
> On 5/25/07, luxxius <luxxius at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Alan Pope wrote:
> > > Call me picky, but isn't it true that you can't *prevent* lightning
> > > strikes, only try to get them to hit something other than your
> > > aerial/golf club/tree/car/house?
> > My only experience of a lightning strike was lightning hitting the
> > telegraph pole down the street, sending a big pulse down the phone line,
> > and frying the fax modem on my motherboard (along with its nearby
> > on-board network and the graphics). I guess surge protection wouldn't
> > help with that sort of thing?
> > By the way, hello! I'm a relative newcomer to Ubuntu (about four months
> > now). I have Dapper running on my old Inspiron latptop (including
> > wireless on a Linksys card with Broadcom chipset, which I was very
> > pleased to get working in only a fortnight!).
> > And now I've put Feisty on an old AMD box, and recently as a dual boot
> > on my Dell Dimension (with XP, which I keep for occasional bits of stuff
> > that are still easier for me on XP, till I get better at GNU/Linux).
> > But I find I rarely use that other OS at all; and I've been sort of
> > surprised to find that I don't miss it, and - contrary to long-term
> > brainwashing (20 years, I guess) - I don't actually need it! Freedom!
> > Ubuntu's really good - but I have to be careful not to bore my kids and
> > friends to death going on about it!
> > --
> > Diana
> >We've sat watching a fireball from lightning in the same room, frying
> the Orange box which took 5 weeks to replace, followint innumerable
> phone calls. And it is a bore switching everything off whenever there
> is a thunderstorm in the area. What are the relative merits of the
> various means of protection ? Robin
> > --
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> Thanks for advices. On the mains side we have the necessary earth and
> voltage trips, and the earth trip works well in thunder storms, plunging us
> into darkness safely. But is this device quick enough to protect my
> computers ? We're at the end of a long rural line and so are unlikely to
> get voltage surges resulting from load changes. It seems that a 13amp 4
> gang socket with telephone protection as recommended on this list is a
> reasonable course of action but can anyone tell me if they are one-shot and
> have to be replaced, or are resettable/automatic resetting ? How reliable
> are they in protecting the phone input (broadband etc). Another course of
> action is to spend out and get a power back-up which may contain its own
> protection? Robin
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