|When thinking of
Power Protection you could apply a FORT mentality, that is,
if we consider a Fort - for perimeter protection (apart from
picking the high ground and other strategic considerations)
we put a Moat around the Fort as protection against the outside
attackers (that’s the Hard Wired Surge protection, in
this instance - there are additional and more complete strategies
Then to protect the King, there is the hand picked personal
Body Guard/s, for optimum protection from threats within or
in the event that the defensive outer perimeter is compromised.
In making a Power Protection strategy there are two maxims
to observe they are dedicate and isolate.
While protection at the main board provides “broad
brush” protection from outside influences and will reduce
the impact of a Surge, it is not likely to capture and reduce
line noise or be effective with Spikes produced inside the
barrier (Moat). Hardwired protection is worth consideration
as part of an overall protection strategy, and in the long
term where you own the installation can be cost effective
(your home or unit not rented).
But note that on its own Surge protection is not effective
in dealing with events like Phase loss or Slow Average Fluctuations
that result in Over Voltage or Under Voltage (Brownout).
So where to start?
1. Identify the products that are most at
risk in your home or office, the “Mission Critical”
areas, implement protection now and rate the other appliances
down from there.
2. Make a conscious decision about a power
protection and risk reduction strategy that you can build
on, without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
3. As you buy new equipment budget to protect
the new equipment as part of the planned spend.
If you have a bodyguard and the bullets are flying, where
would you like your bodyguard? In front of you or standing
beside you? For best protection the protection should be directly
between the AC mains general power outlet (GPO) and the nominated
Protection can be commenced with a single outlet filter,
later complemented by a PowerGuard and expanded with a Multiple
Outlet Power Strip, build your strategy from the inside outwards.
What is important, is to select the best dedicated protection
you can afford, do not go unprotected, that is the most expensive
In the event of a major power related disturbance have protection
that affords the best capability to protect equipment from
the threat of power related damage. Home Contents Insurance
is your safety net, not the solution.