Does thunderstorms affects the signal of my modem?
September 5, 2008 11:16pm CST
I do not know if this is true but i faced one situation before where it is raining very heavily and i am using my computer to surf and in 1 hour, i faced 5 disconnections and i need to reboot my cable modem everytime. It was very fustrating, however when i check my cables behind the modem, i saw two enternet cables, one for my PC another for another for my TV, however i removed the cable for my TV a few days ago and place it near my window as i might want to plug them in again I removed unused cable from my modem and i never have this problem again. I think this situation happen because the extra electric charge from the thunder storm enters my unused enternet cable and disrupt the signal of my cable modem thus disrupting the whole internet service. Whats your opinion on this and have you faced a similar situation before?
6 Sep 08
i believe it does affect the internet signal. i remember a few years back when we had this storm, and there are several thunders with it, we did not turn off the pc and we were using it, etc. apparently the thunder or something cause an electrical problem that ran through the internet cable and damaged our CPU. i should say just turn off your pc whenever there are instances like this.
6 Sep 08
Well, it used to affect my comp, cuz' it was believed that the signals and stuffs are distorted or rather, interfered with during rains and stormy days/nights. There was once I got disconnected all of a sudden, and there was no other reason than that. I was scolded and reprimanded in a way that "No-using-of-comps-during-rain" was printed into my mind. However, in recent years, I begin to doubt this. From what I have known, several buildings are built in such a way, especially in Singapore, that the strikes would be "earth-ed" and should not affect the people and electronic devices and the like. We no longer have to go to the rooftop to adjust, the signal from the TV may be affected due to birds and rain. But no longer. At least, in my country. :)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I was told to log off and turn power off to comp.and unplug. As a storm can blow it up. Happened to my son's Grandpa. The man that sold me my comp. told me that. That it could short out. So yes I turn my off and unplug. As I can't afford a new one. Have a nice night let me know if things have changed as I like being on when it is storming out. LOL nothing else to do.