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Did last nights thunder storm interfere with my ADSL connection?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Setenza, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. Setenza

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    I live in Sidcup in Kent, a we had a massive thunderstorm yesterday afternoon starting at about 17:30. The lightning was incredible and the whole event lasted about 3 hours.

    During this storm I noticed that my 2 MB internet connection kept getting dropped. I looked on the front of my Netgear router and eachtime there was a flash of lightning, the ADSL connection light would go out. Then it would struggle to re-connect. However, as soon as there was another lightning bolt, down went the connection.

    We still live in an area where the telephone lines are strung from wooden poles.

    Anyone else ever experience such a bizarre fault?
     
  2. The Dude

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    Yeah... ADSL connections drop like flies in Electrical storms..

    ADSL is very sensitive electrically, there are limits on how far you can live from your nearest phone exchange for the same reasons..

    I live 50-60 yards from my local exchange, and my connection still drops every time we have a storm.


    Nothing to worry about at all mate... :)
     
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    I'm from Tunbridge Wells (well Pembury), and whilst last night was pretty clear and dry here, every few minutes the sky lit up with sheet lightening. Perhaps it was over you!
     
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    My sister had her ADSL modem die during a storm - it shrieked once, just after a lightning strike in the village, and was never heard from again. Her new one lives behind a surge protector !
     
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    Best to physically disconnect your ADSL if you see a storm approaching. Lightning has been known to "fry" ADSL modems/routers, even when there's been no direct hit. A nearby strike can induce hundreds of volts into adjacent cables.
     
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    I am on BT Broadband...if such a thing happened would they replace the modem for free, or would I (well, my mum!) be charged?
     
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    No they wouldn't. It would be deemed "an act of god" and you'd have to claim for it on your house insurance.
     
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    It was pretty hairy in London too. I disconnected the phoneline. I toyed with the idea of unplugging the TV aerial from my computer as well but I've heard bad things can happen if the aerial gets hit and there is no route to ground.
     
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    Protect your house with a kite with a metal wire running down to the ground during the storm. Just, errrr, get someone else to fly the kite for you :eek:

    I live in Orpington and we suffered losing the connection a couple of times. Well a couple of times that I had to reset the router, I think it reconnected itself a few times without help.
     
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    I took a couple of big shocks when I was a kid.

    One was when I stuck my finger in the empty lightbulb socket of a chest refrigerator . Would have been funny if it had knocked me unconcious as I'd probably have fallen into the chest freezer , suffocated and then frozen solid....one for CSI methinks

    The other one I got from the back of a plug that the cover had fallen off of. That must have been a pretty big one to be honest. Felt like my brain had imploded! :eek:
     
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    Upon reading some of your posts i would agree with this ;)
     
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    Biggest shock for me was trying to fix a functioning helium discharge tube by pushing down on the live terminals. :zonked:

    Only a few amps but the 5kV sent my arm across the room to everyone elses horror. :)
     
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    That must have been horrifying to witness. Did they manage to reattach it?
     
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