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Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:59 am
by Don
I've lost two filters in a month, the first one was quite dramatic, lit up the room and blew apart, it also blew my telephone power adaptor :shock:
This morning it happened again, but this time just a flash and a ping, and another dead (but this time intact) filter :lol:

When I know there is a storm I unplug the line, but both ADSL filter-murdering storms happened while I was in bed (it's a brilliant alarm clock) , and there will also be times I'm out etc

I've had a google and read so much geek terminology my head hurts!

Apart from unplugging, is there anything I can do to protect my line? Do any reasonably priced gadgets overcome this problem?

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:54 am
by Nick
They do surge protectors for power lines, but this is your phone line (50V) so whilst I am sure it can be done, I suspect it's not so easy. I'd start by asking BT - they must have the same problem on a much bigger scale (more equipment to protect) at the other end. I presume this is lightening striking the phone line?

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:05 am
by Don
It's definitely lightning, the big one was during a hail storm, but this morning it just came with a low rumble of thunder, each has had the brilliant effect of getting me out of bed faster than any time in known history :lol:

I'm thankful for wireless, or else my pc would have fried the first time!

I thought about asking BT but the cynic in me thinks they'll think of a nice expensive solution to my problem :oops:

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:22 am
by Nick

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:33 am
by Don
Thank you Nick! :D

I will look into that, I think the 1st ones might be better, if I buy right first time it would save me money in the long run.

Not only that our broadband is very slow here and I've read that the bottom link types cause interference?

I'll go and have another look :)

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:59 am
by Nick
I wouldn't do anything until Nigel passes opinion - this sort of stuff is right up his street, he once built a computer network out of string, a can of Fanta, and a roll of kitchen foil. Unfortunately he is stuck in the middle of France after the Cam Belt on his car broke whilst he was visiting the French In-Laws. :roll:

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:12 pm
by Don
:o oh no! Hope he gets back OK!
Thanks Nick, will do :)

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:16 pm
by keith
This Looks Cool and comes with a warranty on attached kit

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-SurgeMas ... 057&sr=8-1

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:18 pm
by keith
Nick has he not fixed the cam belt with a pair of Stockings, a ball of string, and a spare USB cable

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:06 am
by Nick
keith wrote:Nick has he not fixed the cam belt with a pair of Stockings, a ball of string, and a spare USB cable


I suspect an issue may be the clunk which announced the failure of the cambelt & generally accompanies bent valve stems. I think he is waiting for a reconditioned engine - next time he goes to France I'll tell him to take a spare.

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:48 pm
by Don
keith wrote:This Looks Cool and comes with a warranty on attached kit

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-SurgeMas ... 057&sr=8-1


It does, but I'd need to fit that to the filter wouldn't I?

If so, that would save my phone, but not stop the exploding filter problem, thank you though, all help much appreciated

(still have 6 filters in stock, so I'll be fine if I don't sell any) :lol:

Re: Storm proof ADSL Filters?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:55 am
by Nick
No Keith's item does power & phone line

Technical Details
Lifetime £35,000 Connected Equipment Warranty to give you peace of mind
1181 Joule energy rating provides maximum protection for all your electronic devices
Earths AC power with 3-line protection through 1 socket
Telephone/DSL Protection (1 in, 1 Out)


Nice find Keith! ROFL