Surge Protection

  • S04E20
  • February 8, 2011

Robbie explains what some of the on-the-box features mean when comparison shopping for good surge protection, and then compares eight different devices from a variety of price points to help us understand how to choose the best protection for the price.

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Topics Covered:

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  • Eric's email locks up, strangely.
  • Viewer Question: I'm looking for the old shows, Episodes 1-30. Where can I find them?
  • Viewer Question: After creating a Virtual Disk on one machine and moving it over to another, the network doesn't work. How do I change the settings to make it work?
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  • Hillary joins us from the past due to severe bandwidth issues.
  • Today is Safer Internet Day in Canada.
  • Robbie gives some suggestions for how you can protect your children from online predators, pornography, online gambling and more.
  • Mathman joins us in the chatroom.
  • Top stories from the Category5 TV Newsroom.
  • Feature: Choosing the right Surge Protection.
  • An email Robbie received this morning prompted him to talk about Surge Protection.
  • Why it's important to replace a Surge Protector when the light is flickering.
  • What "Joules" means and how to use it to help you choose which product is best.
  • What kind of response time you should look for in a Surge Protector.
  • By the time a breaker trips, you've likely fried something.
  • The phone line is another big entry point for surges.
  • Why protecting every device on your network is important–not just the good devices.
  • Comparing eight different surge protection options and understanding what each one offers and what each one lacks.
  • How to tell if a Surge Protector manufacturer is confident that your equipment won't get destroyed in a surge if connected to their device.
  • Surge Protectors do not do anything for your data: keep an acurate, up-to-date backup. Always.
  • Looking at Uninterruptible Power Supplies as protection for power spikes and drops.
  • The trick to having great surge protection along with battery backup, but for hundreds of dollars less.
  • UPS batteries are both recyclable and replaceable.
  • Win a free copy of Wirecast 4.
  • Robbie has been nominated for a Shorty Award.
  • How to vote for Robbie to win a Shorty Award.
  • Robbie reminds the gents that it's time to buy your darling a Valentine's gift.

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