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Old 02-08-2011, 02:57 PM   #16
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So is the monster power center damaged that everything was plugged into? I had an HTS3500 MK2 that would burn itself up at the slightest threat of high incoming voltage. Monster replaced it 2x before I sold it. Your powerbar would have been toast (unless it's not actually a surge protector) if your roomate blasted the circuit with high voltage.

My question here is; Are you sure you didn't get a big jolt of juice through an ethernet cable? I had a brownout scenario where the power went nuts during a T-storm and it cooked everything that was connected to my internet/ethernet setup. Is this a surge that could have rode in on your coax cable for internet/cable?

That would more likely explain the damage you have described.

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Whaa?

I've been using 2 of these: http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=4088

Quite pleased with them actually. On another note, about 2 months before my incident, 1 of the 2 got zapped, which I replaced immediately. What's weird is that when the "surge" incident occured, it didn't ruin either of the 2 bars.

Of the 9 reviews for this surge protector, it appears that at least 2 others had the same type of problem.
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So is the monster power center damaged that everything was plugged into? I had an HTS3500 MK2 that would burn itself up at the slightest threat of high incoming voltage. Monster replaced it 2x before I sold it. Your powerbar would have been toast (unless it's not actually a surge protector) if your roomate blasted the circuit with high voltage.

My question here is; Are you sure you didn't get a big jolt of juice through an ethernet cable? I had a brownout scenario where the power went nuts during a T-storm and it cooked everything that was connected to my internet/ethernet setup. Is this a surge that could have rode in on your coax cable for internet/cable?

That would more likely explain the damage you have described.
That's a very good possibility. Another possibility is that the surge suppressor may not have been connected to a ground (either due an ungrounded outlet or faulty/old wiring). Without a functional ground, a surge suppressor essentially offers zero protection. If the OP was renting, there's no guarantee that the building wiring was sufficient to allow the suppressor to work, anyway.

The moral of the story is get insurance!
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lol monster cable. They will gouge you just because they can. A $9 surge bar probably does the same as that one, but if your equipment is fried I'm wondering if it even is affective at all, assuming the surge came through power.

Is your internet/phone shared or do you have your own incoming line and is it protected? I would start to suspect that.

If you really think it was a sabotage, this may be one of many possible ways to do so:

http://www.fiftythree.org/etherkiller/

This is so old I think I was in high school the first time I saw that site, still very funny to go through
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Red, that was hilarious!!!

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