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    Running coax through a UPS
    I have just purchased a new iMac and am planning on picking up an APS UPS. I am concerned about a power spike coming in through the coax. Does anyone here run their coax through a UPS before their modem? If so, do you notice any change in your signal? Is this something I even need to worry about?

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    What's the coax for? I have a surge protector that I can plug the phone line into to protect from lightning strikes, I never had any problems using it. If it's designed for it then it'll be fine.
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    The coax runs to the cable modem for internet access.

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    And then one would assume an Ethernet cable runs from the modem to the Mac, correct?

    Can you get a power surge through an Ethernet cable?


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    Yes, correct. I'm just wondering if I protect the mac by plugging the power cord into the UPS, am I still vulnerable to a power surge through the coax/ethernet?

    I think the coax might be grounded as it comes into my house...in which case I may be OK.

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    Can you run the router/modem off the UPS too? If so, spikes would never reach the Ethernet.

    Edit: Oh wait, so you're worried about spikes getting in through the coax? I doubt it, a lightning strike might possibly affect it slightly, but mains electricty won't get in unless someone at the other end makes a really serious mistake.
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