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Old 08-03-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Wireless laptop and lightning?

This is probably a dumb question, but I am not very technical as far as computers go.

I have a laptop, high-speed internet access through cable, a modem, and a wireless router.

I can use my laptop without the power cord plugged in.

In a lightening storm, if I unplug the power chord to my laptop, and there is a power surge (or whatever you call it when lightening strikes), will my laptop be safe?

Or do I have to unplug the modem and the router, too? Do I have to turn off my laptop, or can I continue using it in a storm?



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Old 08-03-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
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The modem and router could get fried by the lightning strike. Turn them all off or install a surge protector - you can get extension plug bars that include surge protection.

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Old 08-03-2008, 03:11 PM   #3
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Yes, anything not plugged in is safe from power surges.
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:15 PM   #4
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Okay, thanks miniman and pacanis! You both confirmed what I thought.

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