Which USB Modem?

Leigh Finch lfinch at asitis.net.au
Tue Dec 17 13:07:41 EST 2002

I use an APC phone surge protector, and I haven't had a blown modem since,
telstra's lines  can carry allot of voltage (from another source,) and our
lines are pretty crappy here. when I was working in the local PC shop,
every storm we had at least 12 customers come in after their modems blew.
most of them bought surge protection, after that.

>> is the surge on the phone line or the electricity?
> Presumably on the phone line. Only the modem tends to get zapped, even
> though it's protected. The modem power is behind a surge protector that
> is shared with several other things which don't have a problem. This is
> not impossible, since the power and phone lines go in different
> directions -- I think. The modem (and not the normal phone) is
> particularly vulnerable, since it will be off the hook at the time.

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