How to Keep Your Internet Connection During a Power Outage
Two Important Tips for Living in a Connected World
Written by Mark Kaloudis / Courtesy of Schneider Electric
Life is on and your household can’t participate without a reliable network connection.
Your home has dozens of electronic devices – and many of them are connected to your home network. Considering every member of your family, you probably have a couple of laptops, a printer, some tablets, a few smart phones, an Internet-connected TV and Blu-ray player, a gaming console and maybe even a “hub” for your smart home – all using Wi-Fi enabled by your home network. So what happens when the power goes out? Or you lose that connection? The challenge of staying connected is more difficult than you might think. According to Cisco research, 43% of home network users experience a network outage at least once a month and 17% percent have an outage at least once a week.
Our home network connection is so important to our digital lives that we don’t even think about it not being available – until we suddenly can’t connect. Visit our website to watch a quick video to see how we’ve become highly dependent on our home networks for communications, security, entertainment and more.
Protect your home networking equipment with a UPS
Battery back up using a UPS is the best way to maintain your Internet connection during a power outage. In fact, it’s quickly becoming a best practice for home network users to have more than one UPS in their home – one UPS to protect high-powered home electronics such as computers, TVs, gaming consoles, etc. and another, smaller UPS just for your modem and router. Here are two important tips for living in a connected world.
#1 – Protect your Internet Connection
Keeping your networking equipment on its own UPS will maximize the availability of your home network in the case of a power outage. UPS’s have evolved and APC by Schneider Electric has one designed specifically to protect your home network connection by providing back-up power to modems, wireless routers and VOIP phones. The Back-UPS Connect offers up to 5 hours of network runtime – which means you and your family can continue to enjoy your networked devices even when the power goes out.
#2 – Protect your Personal electronics
Now that your network connection can be maintained during a power outage, its time to consider protecting all of the devices you use while you’re connected. Today, most of our electronics are mobile and operate on battery, so chances are you can still work on your laptop for a couple of hours even if the power goes out. The same applies to phones and tablets. But your TV and receiver, or gaming console need power. To get the most out of your network connection during a power outage, consider an additional UPS to support the devices you use the most.
By protecting the power to your home network equipment with a network-specific UPS and then providing power to your personal electronic devices with a second UPS, you can stay connected and continue to live your digital life even when the power goes out.