I was asked to participate in the #NoWifi, sponsored by Schneider Electric. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
Wifi is my husband’s job. Literally. As a network engineer who spends his time building, testing, training, and deploying equipment to provide connectivity through permanent installations (think stadiums, airports, and hotels) and temporary access points at events like the XGames and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing where a crush of people require more bandwidth to keep everyone connected, he also makes sure that we’re always connected at home. With my husband’s expertise I never have to worry about staying connected because his tech savvy can troubleshoot any problem. Unless the power goes out.
We all know that without power, wifi doesn’t work. Without wifi, I can rely on the cellular network through my phone to maintain connectivity emergency purposes. Despite having many external batteries charged and at the ready, even they’re not enough to power me through the longest outages.
When the power goes out, I immediately turn to preservation mode. My battery backup starts to beep, alerting me that it’s on and powering my laptop. The crucial minutes of extra power provided by my battery backup are essential. With added power, I’m able to quickly save my work and close the lid before attending to other tasks necessary in a power outage.
As I move through the house, I make sure that the light switches are flipped off (no one likes to wake up in the middle of the night to blinding room lights when the power is restored!) and the kids are comfortable, with flashlights at the ready. We make sure that pricey electronics and digital devices are plugged into surge protectors so they’re not subjected to power surges. We also unplug non-essential devices to protect them from power surges.
We have a number of different battery backups that we’ve purchased throughout the years but I have to say that a hands-down favorite is the APC Back-UPS Connect. With Computer Grade surge protection, I rest assured that all of the devices that are plugged into it are protected from surges and spikes that can occur when power is attempting to be restored or when it comes on for good. It also features two convenient USB ports to recharge mobile devices, including tablets, during an outage. The runtime battery provides even longer power protection provides more than just a few minutes to save and shutdown and the internal battery charges fast, ensuring that it’s ready in case of another outage. And since not all battery backups last forever (we know this because we’ve had to replace some of our original ones), the Best-in-Class peace of mind warranty covers the APC Back-UPS for three years, offers a $75,000 lifetime equipment protection policy, and free technical support.
So while my husband may not be able to guarantee wifi 24/7 in the most extreme circumstances, I can rest assured that having our home networking gear plugged into our APC Back-UPS Connect helps. By plugging in our modem, router, and phone, all three are protected from power surges. Plus the internal battery provides an extra charge for our digital devices so we can stay connected just a bit longer when the power goes out.
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