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Chapter 10. Troubleshooting Power Problems > Selecting Powerline Protection

Selecting Powerline Protection

You probably don't connect your computer, monitor, printers, scanners, and external drives directly to your AC wall outlets—and that's good! Most homes and offices don't have nearly enough electrical outlets for the increasing number of PC-related hardware connected to modern systems. You probably use a multiple-outlet device called a surge suppressor or surge protector. When was the last time you changed it, or even thought about it?

Some so-called surge suppressors aren't very good, and most of the models you can buy at retail stores can wear out over time. If you depend on a worn-out surge suppressor to protect your computer, you might get an unpleasant surprise the next time a power surge happens.


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