Telephone Line & AC Surge Protection
Phone System Surge Protection
When you think about surge protection for a business phone system, at first it may not seem that important. But, it is very costly to lose your system - no sales calls, no business, no money! Not to menteion replacement cost! Phone system protection is often overlooked, until the system goes down due to surge or lightning damage. Infotel offers a variety of Telephone Line Phone and Phone System Surge Protection solotiouns.
AC Surge Protectors
Surge protectors are devices that absorb brief bursts of excessive voltage coming in from the AC power line.
These surges are created by lightning or by electric motors switching off.
Surge protectors do little good unless the power line is properly grounded. Always plug the
computer into a properly grounded outlet. If possible, do not plug a laser printer into
the same outlet strip or extension cord as the computer, because laser printers draw
heavy current intermittently.
Many surge protectors also incorporate RFI protectors to help reduce radio and TV interference emitted by the computer into the power line. A surge protector cannot do anything about momentary power failures; for that, you need an uninterruptible power supply.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a power supply that uses batteries to continue providing electricity to a computer for a few minutes in the event of a power failure. This makes it possible to shut down the computer in an orderly way without losing data. A UPS is not the same as a surge protector. The surge protector absorbs momentary (millisecond-long) spikes of excess voltage; the UPS protects against the absence of voltage for minutes or hours. Most UPSs include surge protection, but not vice versa. The batteries in a UPS deteriorate with age. A UPS that has been in use for two or three years generally has much less capacity than when it was new.