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I'm going to be away from my home for 3 1/2 months and was wondering if i should unplug (shut off power) to all my computer equipment. I have Imac, TimeCapsule, Frontier modem and battery backup. Looking for some advice.
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Yes, it is wise to turn off and unplug all of your electronic equipment if you're going away for extended periods. Depending on your location, you might get power glitches that can short/damage your equipment unless you have surge protectors or UPS' to protect them all.

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I do have a UPS (Battery Backup/Surge Protection) that all me equipment is plugged into.
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That's good protection, so it might only be necessary to turn the equipment off, not necessarily to unplug it if you want to rely solely on the protection the UPS/surge protection provides..

When I go on extended vacations, I just unplug everything from the wall..

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Tougher for a fire to start or things to get fried with everything unplugged. What is the upside to leaving everything plugged in for 3 months unattended? There are some excellent reasons like remote access and whatnot...
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I'm going to be away from my home for 3 1/2 months and was wondering if i should unplug (shut off power) to all my computer equipment. I have Imac, TimeCapsule, Frontier modem and battery backup. Looking for some advice.
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Unplug it. Surge protectors only work to a limited extent. A good air gap (unplugged) is thousands of times better than a surge protector. I would even unplug the UPSs, to protect them as well.
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I would even unplug the UPSs, to protect them as well.
Yep, a lightning strike can take out an UPS or mess it up to the point where it will no longer function properly.
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