Art -

Who is your electric company?  I'm interested in Broadband over power lines 
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"Art Tostaine, Jr." <atostaine@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
Hey Tom:

When I lived in NJ, my electrician installed a whole house surge thingy in
the breaker box.  I never had any problems, but I don't recall any 

I'm interested in your power line networking.  I live in the middle of
nowhere, and I sometimes get mad at speed of wireless.  Since I bought a
spec home here, I didn't get a chance to run cables everywhere.

My Electric Co Op is beta testing Broadband over power lines.  Since I'm
stuck with satellite here, I pray they let me have it.  They said I might 
able to participate in spring 2007

Art Tostaine

On 10/12/06, qsrvbas@xxxxxxxxxxxx <qsrvbas@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Carmen Nuland wrote:
   3. Re: Home office design (Carmen Nuland)

I have to agree about the outlets ... You can never have too many. Our
office is set up with two sets of 4-plex on the one wall where the
desk was going to be.  I really would like to have a UPS system, but
for now
I'm just using individual surge protectors.  Make sure you have all the
wires you think you'll need run through the walls before the drywall
is on.
I would have liked to have CAT installed to a couple of other rooms in
house - not just the office, but it sounds like too much work now.
Outlets! More outlets! And cable everywhere! However, I have been
successfully using both wireless and home-powerline networking in my
3-story (2-story plus daylight basement) home for a couple years. Since
it wasn't pre-cabled, it was an easy choice to try. And it's been
reasonable to stay with since I'm a few hundred feet from even the
closest other house. Being at the end of a sparsely populated, private
gravel road with forest for quite a ways on all other sides has some

For powerline networking, I started testing with Phonex units, but they
didn't survive long. I've switched to Airlinks and survival rates have
been excellent.

Not just home office design, but general house...

And that brings me to my interest in this --

Our local co-op power company started offering "whole house" surge
suppressors a couple years ago. Can't quite recall, but a couple hundred
bucks or so, installed as a replacement meter outside of the house. We
went with it and have been satisfied since, I suppose. That is,
nothing's gone wrong as far as 'power surges' go.

But it's long been advised _not_ to use surge suppressors in sequence
due to some kind of feedback that could get started. I do use a number
of them in-house in power strips and haven't had a problem since getting
the 'whole house' unit. The IBM PS/2s we used to use had some kind of
surge suppressors builtin; the user manuals actually warned that
plugging them in to a surge suppressor power strip could void the

Does anybody else have experience with 'whole house' units?

I expect mine to provide some protection from outside utility surges.
In-house, there's still always a chance of creating a surge.

Tom Liotta

Tom Liotta
The PowerTech Group, Inc.
19426 68th Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
Phone  253-872-7788 x313
Fax    253-872-7904

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