Most consumers understand now that they need a surge protector for their power outlets however many people are not aware that dangerous electrical spikes can and do occur through coaxial cables as well.
Why Do I Need A Coaxial Surge Protector?
Lightning or faulty wiring can lead to expensive repairs that you will be responsible for if you do not have surge suppressors installed on all your coaxial connections. Most insurance will not cover the costs of repair or replacement if you have not taken this basic precaution. Coaxial surge protectors do attenuate the signal slightly but if you have a strong signal this will not be a problem for you. If a surge suppressor causes a problem with your satellite or cable TV then you have a problem with the wiring somewhere in the system.
Did you know that an in line coaxial surge protector could filter out video noise? A few consumers have reported having success in removing video interference from their cable & satellite connections by using a surge protector with coaxial connections. If you have cable or satellite internet you certainly need a surge protector on your modem because many computers suffer damage from power spikes through the coaxial connection.
What Should You Look For In A Coaxial Surge Protector
There are four things you should consider when purchasing a surge protector. Always choose a coaxial cable surge protector with gold plated connectors if the coaxial protection is part of a wall surge protector. Gold is an excellent conductor and can help minimize any attenuation you may encounter through the outlet. Any coaxial protector should offer you 100 ns (nanoseconds) or less surge protection reaction time. Anything higher and you risk damage to sensitive equipment. When you are shopping for a coaxial surge suppressor, you should look for one that has the highest Amp surge protective value possible. Finally, you should look for a suppressor that has an extended surge lifespan. Typically, a good number to look for is 300 surges or better.
If you are looking for peace of mind during unstable weather or power grid upgrades, a coaxial surge protector is an affordable solution for protecting your valuable electronics.