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    Prevent Telephone Electricity overload

    My mom just got the trusty old PC zapped through the telephone dialup connection..

    She will be getting some new components shortly and I am wondering if there is some kind of surge protector for the telephone connection between the PC and telephone jack? Also what kind of power surge protector do you all recommend? I know some of you are certified electricians so I shall respect your opinion and will use it to adise my mother.
    Thanks for any responses.

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    There are phone line voltage regulators available. On my set-up, one of my UPS boxes has a phone line jack. The newer ones should all have this.

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    That is the exact thing I am looking for. Any suggestions on brand, model, etc...

    Looking for a surge protector that has the built in phone line regulator and comes with a suitable warranty in case the protection fails.

    Open to suggestions. What are you all using personally?

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    Hey I always get lots of repairs (phone line blows PC) after the storms in Michigan, in most cases just the modem is blown. Guess Mother got it real bad

    I have This one and it works great but there is one draw back the storm blew out the tele jacks on my first one & you can't reset (or mine didn't auto reset ??) them like the power side so I had to take it back and they gave me a new one.

    Get a good one over 2,000 joules, as Mother would say...don't skimp on me you little booger....hehe

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    good information that I'll be sure to pass along.

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    BB....you might consider investing in a modem that has onboard surge protection as a backup....Zoom makes one that is reasonably priced. APC is a good brand for battery back up as well as surge protection and they offer $25,000.00 equipment replacement if their products fail. Just a thought.

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    Thanks Piper. APC sounds like a ringer. And a modem with onboard surge protection I never even knew it existed. I am almost sure she will need a new modem, so I am going to research the zoom product offerings and I'll let you all know where we come out in the end.

    Any more suggestions before we take the plunge and purchase?

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    IMO,Belkin make the best surge protectors.They are very popular over here in the UK. Mainly due to their excellent support service and warranties.

    Check out some of these ones.
    http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...oduct_Id=20257

    http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...oduct_Id=20211

    http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...oduct_Id=20313

    Main Belkin catalog here

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    Rev is correct on the belkin products...they also carry good warranty coverage....we furnish that line with Dell sales...they also back their products with Big Buck coverage.

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    I just phoned my mom, and told her to pick up a Belkin Surge protector and to check the joules rating and make sure it is close to 2000.

    I also told her to check on modems at best buy that offer the onboard surge protection.

    Hopefully this won't happen again. Live and learn.

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    http://www.zoom.com/products/internal-modems.html

    BB.
    link for you to check out the Zoom line...most offer the lightning portection..

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    thanks Piper. Checking Zoom out right now.

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    My UPS has telephone surge protection, I went for one that would offer me built-in ethernet protection. When I first got it I was a little worried about line degradation effecting my dsl connection. But after a few line speed tests I was quite assured that there was very little or no degradation at all running from the UPS to pc.
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    Thanks PIPER for the Zoom links

    Ok which of those modems at the link is the best one ? are they better than the Creative V90 Modem Blaster ?

    I like that ZoomGuardTM lightning protection idea

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    Wow, those were really fast answers. Anyways, they all gave you great suggestions. A good surge protector is essential, and good surge protectors will come with the telephone line plug on them. Some even bring coaxial connection too for the cable.
    I know you cannot get them at CompuSA for exmple the maximun Joules I had seen there was 750.
    For protection of the PC I would use a surge protector and an UPS. The surge protector to protect the UPS, and the UPS to protect agains sags. I had 2 yesterday alone, and it was quite difficult to restar the PC, since my PSU will block when that happens, in order to avoid damagind components. Nice feature.

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