The Importance of Using a Surge Protector with Your wiTECH Access Gateway
Article ID: 338
Last updated: 09 Oct, 2013
- wiTECH equipment that is plugged into a standard unprotected electrical outlet is susceptible to voltage spikes and power surges, which could affect the functionality of the wiTECH Access Gateway and even render the device inoperable.
- Surges and spikes are an increase in normal electrical line voltage often caused by a sudden change or demand for more electricity, such as turning on a large appliance, lightning, or electric utility maintenance.
- A surge typically measures less than 500 volts and lasts less than two seconds.
- A spike is much shorter in duration—less than one thousandth of a second (< 1 millisecond)—but can measure thousands of volts.
- Either type of disturbance can damage electronic equipment beyond practical repair.
- The wiTECH Access Gateway must be plugged in to a surge protector (or surge suppressor).
- Surge protectors are designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. They attempt to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or by shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.
- Many power strips have basic surge protection built in; these are typically clearly labeled as such.