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I am using a BACK-UPS with my iMac. In addition to plugging the computer and router power into the BACK-UPS, I have an ethernet cable plugged into a router port, and the router data cable plugged in to the BACK-UPS surge protector port. The cable modem data cable is plugged into the BACK-UPS.

Is it a good idea to use the UPS data surge protector port? Will it slow down connection speed, or cause other problems?

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Yes, that's what it's for and it will not slow down the connection speed. I have my iMac hooked to an UPS, however, I can't use the data port because I have Verizon FIOS.
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I also recommend using the data port protection if possible. I have seen lightning strikes travel across the cable modem, down the ethernet cable and fry the ethernet port on an attached computer.

One thing most people don't realize - you should replace your surge strip every few years. Most strips, after a few years of surges, brown-outs, and spikes (oh my!), are little more than extension cords.
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We have had to replace 3 laptops last week due to storms in the area. 2 of them were killed by the Ethernet connection to their router, which was not protected. They lost their cable modem, router and laptop. We always recommend our users to always use some kind of surge protection. Most power strips that are cheap do not offer true surge protection. Make sure to look on the boxes for a warranty label stating what is covered.

Back-UPS are great protection and I have 5 in my house for all my electronics. My modem and router are hooked up to one and it will offer me 6 hours runtime before the batteries go dead. My laptop will run on its own battery for up to 9 depending on settings.

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I also recommend using the data port protection if possible. I have seen lightning strikes travel across the cable modem, down the ethernet cable and fry the ethernet port on an attached computer.
I can verify that. I had a lightning strike hit across the street from me and it took out a router, 2 TV sets, an ethernet port, and the controller board in my home air conditioner unit. Over $1000 in damage.

My son's home in Atlanta Georgia was hit by lightning and it took out everything electronic in his home. In his case, insurance took care of it.
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