Originally Posted by Chattzx
What do you guys use to protect your pc's from power surges, lightning storms, etc.
Two completely different devices are both called surge protectors. One located adjacent to appliances claims to protect from a type of surge that typically causes no damage. Other type, connected low impedance (ie 'less than 10 feet') to earth, will protect from all types of surges including lightning.
Many use the first type, have damage, then assume nothing can protect from lightning. When effective protection has been demonstrated for over 100 years. It means learning about two completely different devices. And unlearning what most are educated by - advertising.
One 'whole house' protector, rated at least 50,000 amps, means all appliances are protected. Because if your computer needs protection, then so do all clocks, the furnace, GFCIs in the bathroom, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
Effective protection means you know where hundreds of thousands of joules dissipate. To recommend undersized and adjacent protectors, many simply ignore the numbers. One 'whole house' protector is part of a system that protects everything because it connects to what harmlessly absorbs hundreds of thousands of joules: single point earth ground.
That is the only component always found in every protection system. Some systems do not even have protectors. But in every case, the effective protection system connects even direct lightning strikes low impedance (ie 'less than 10 feet') to earth. This superior solution also costs tens or more times less money. And is the only solution found in any facility that cannot have damage. Protection means you know where hundreds of thousands of joules dissipate.