Originally Posted by usarmycwo
Which has me thinking: why bother? Can the 30800 be used as just a power conditioner?
For my stereo gear and TV, with no data to lose, that would be good enough.
Obviously you can do what you like, and if you don't have any DVRs or disks (my 2-disk mirrored RAID unit I use with my DirecTV® DVR is connected to my Belkin) then obviously the risk is lower.
But, that said, I would not be comfortable with not having my boxes on something that could ride out a brief (or not-so-brief) power outage. YMMV, of course.
A quick cautionary tale: I have a 2010 Mac Pro. I have two APC UPS units in my computer room with it.
The Mac was attached to an older SMT1500 unit that started to have problems, it wouldn't recognize the battery anymore - even though I bought a new battery.
Eventually I replaced it with a newer SMT1000 and everything is fine now. But for a brief period of a few months, I went "bareback"
as they say.
Well, I have weird random power glitches and outages from time to time, and during that "bareback" period the Mac took several "hits" amidship.
Eventually it said "Screw you, pal
" and now when I power it off completely, it won't turn back on again - unless I yank out the power cable and let it sit for awhile.
I can't upgrade the firmware on it anymore, because if I download it and power-cycle it to install a new firmware update, it just shuts itself off if I press and hold the power button in (while turning it on) like you're instructed to.
Now maybe you're thinking "What does this have to do with A/V gear?
" Yes, A/V gear is probably simpler and more robust than a 10-year-old tower Mac.
But it proved to me that electronic equipment can deteriorate given repeated unexpected power outages, so I decided I would never run any gear (A/V or computer-related) without having them on a battery backed-up UPS unit.