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UPS and surge protector
« on: May 27, 2015, 01:43:55 PM »
I can't plug all my equipment into my UPS.  Not that I have too many things I want to plug in, I have five items I want to plug in and there are five outlets.  The plugs for the modem and the router are so large they cover other outlets.  So I plugged a surge protector into an outlet and plugged my phone and ooma into that.  From what I have read I really need a PDU, but won't be getting one of those for a few months. 
Will my equipment be OK for a while?

Maybe I should plug the phone into the surge side of the UPS and if the power goes out just switch it to the surge protector if I absolutely have to?  The fax machine was deemed a less important need during an outage and is plugged into the surge side of the UPS already. 

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2015, 02:13:51 PM »
I can't plug all my equipment into my UPS.  Not that I have too many things I want to plug in, I have five items I want to plug in and there are five outlets.  The plugs for the modem and the router are so large they cover other outlets.  So I plugged a surge protector into an outlet and plugged my phone and ooma into that.  From what I have read I really need a PDU, but won't be getting one of those for a few months. 
Will my equipment be OK for a while?

Maybe I should plug the phone into the surge side of the UPS and if the power goes out just switch it to the surge protector if I absolutely have to?  The fax machine was deemed a less important need during an outage and is plugged into the surge side of the UPS already.

your stuff should be fine.  don't sweat it.

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2015, 02:25:42 PM »
Thanks MV.  I appreciate the advice.

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2015, 02:39:03 PM »
Thanks MV.  I appreciate the advice.

just be sure you aren't lifting any grounds:


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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2015, 02:41:07 PM »
You have a fax machine?

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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2015, 02:43:26 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2015, 03:05:26 PM »
just be sure you aren't lifting any grounds:


Nope. not doing that.  Only plug with a ground is on the fax.

You have a fax machine?
OMG.  Does this mean I can expect faxes of penises rolling in? 

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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2015, 04:30:36 PM »
OMG.  Does this mean I can expect faxes of penises rolling in?

if you're lucky.

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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2015, 05:24:43 PM »
if you're lucky.
Heh.  I'll just forward the fax phone to the GabCast fax number.

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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2015, 11:02:15 PM »
just be sure you aren't lifting any grounds:


i prefer to do the following:


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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2015, 11:30:02 PM »
i prefer to do the following:



funny, because that's clearly a european power strip.

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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2015, 01:57:58 PM »
funny, because that's clearly a european power strip.
we know. stupid americans on a budget euro holiday.

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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2015, 07:57:06 PM »
I have 2 UPS. They woke me up buzzing the other night. Could not get them to reset. Somehow I imagined that as old as they are they may need new batteries. I found a place here that had any kind of lead battery and bought 2 for $30 each. It fixed them. I do not know how I would power all my crap  nor route all these power cords and wall warts after this amount of time.
(APC 500 and 600).

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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2015, 10:03:11 PM »
I have 2 UPS. They woke me up buzzing the other night. Could not get them to reset. Somehow I imagined that as old as they are they may need new batteries. I found a place here that had any kind of lead battery and bought 2 for $30 each. It fixed them. I do not know how I would power all my crap  nor route all these power cords and wall warts after this amount of time.
(APC 500 and 600).
Oh no!  I didn't want to know that I have this to look forward to at some point in time.  Well shit!

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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2015, 04:20:46 PM »
Oh no!  I didn't want to know that I have this to look forward to at some point in time.  Well shit!

oh yeah.  those batteries are like any other.  they die.

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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2015, 05:52:47 PM »
Well of course, that's totally logical.  I know I read about it when I got them, but I had managed to forget.  I wanted to be in denial forever. 

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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2015, 03:42:46 AM »
 They lasted 7-8 years before all the buzzing  stayed sort of permanant. It was odd one of the UPS the battery was slightly smaller but I used the same battery when I bought 2 to replace and I could not get the 'door' back on one. But they are on a shelf. There may be things plugged in that  aren't there to be plugged in. I have had 4 computers, 4 printers  and more power bricks and wall warts  surely more than there are devices using them now. One day I need to unplug everything and start over . I have been in this apartment for nearly 15 years. $30 each  was not bad  . I have to think about my car. I bought a battery for it about 3 years ago.  It was a "4" year battery. The car was new in 07 and only has 25k on the odo. But that one is over $100.