Monster Power 12-Outlet Surge Protector

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Monster Power 12-Outlet Surge Protector
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Again, why should I purchase anything that supports Mobster Cable?

you shouldn’t of course.

Holy cow!

And I though monster only ripped people off charging $100 for a $5 HDMI cable, and $80 for $2 RCA cables.

Well this one has the power line Ethernet function built in (network through power outlets). So it’s not that much of a ripoff.

So how does that work? You can’t simply plug into a 120 outlet and somehow get internet. I assume you need to buy some sort of expensive adaptors, right?

Any detailed specs? Clamping voltage and clamping response time?

Expensive, yes. But I think Monster would tell you that it suppresses surges at the highest possible resolution and fidelity.

Power Over Ethernet (POE) makes it so some Ethernet devices do not need separate power (some cameras and VOIP phones).

I don’t know which is funnier… Offering a Monster surge protector like this for “only” $80, or the original retail price of $200.

You’re confusting PoE with Powerline. PoE is as you said, powering devices over the ethernet connection. This provides Powerline, which uses your home’s electrical wiring as a network interface.

That said, the included powerline device does not adhere to industry standards, but Monster standards and may only perform properly with other monster powerline devices.

That’s not a Power over Ethernet injector for running PoE stuff. That’s a Powerline adapter for running Ethernet over your home power lines. Those run $35-$40 apiece as standalone units. They also have a standard (HomePlug)… that the Monster devices don’t seem to follow. So you’d need to buy at least two of these (one next to your router, one next to whatever needs wired Ethernet) to use that.

Wait, no, I can’t read. It comes with the adapter for the far side. So you don’t need to buy two; you just can’t use it with any existing Powerline adapters you have.

Ok, so am I reading this right? If my router is plugged into one outlet and my xbox/TV are plugged into another outlet, I can use this device with the adapter to get an ethernet connection without using an ethernet cable to physically connect the two? The ethernet connection travels through the power strip? Thanks!

Slow down there Sparky! It’s not quite as easy as that because all residential electrical systems are divided into two legs at the main breaker box. You will get an ethernet signal between two of these powerline adapters provided they are on the same leg (and even better if they are on the same circuit), but you won’t get any signal between them if each adapter is on an opposite leg.

This is the reason why some folks claim that powerline adapters don’t work for them, while they do work for others without a problem. For me, my router is in my living room and I feed the ethernet into a powerline adapter. I have similar adapters in my office for my network printer and another for my cell phone relay. I just happen to be lucky enough that all the places where I need ethernet are on the same leg.

Your mileage may vary.

I figured it wouldn’t be that easy. So if I’m lucky and the two spots are on the same leg it will work? How do I determine if the two locations are on the same leg?

Go to your breaker panel, shut off all of the breakers on one side (i.e. left side) of the panel. If the two outlets that you are curious about are still on (or both off), then they are on the same power leg. If one is on, and the other is off, then they are on separate legs…

I used to hate Monster strictly for their price gouging but my disdain for them dropped to an all new low when they started employing bullying tactics by filing frivolous lawsuits against small companies who a.) had “Monster” in their name/product and/or b.) tried suing people for patent infringement on designs that are industry standard. Since then you couldn’t pay me to take a Monster product. They picked a fight with the wrong person one time, however. They tried to file a complaint against a guy who used to be a corporate patent attorney. If you want a true “Screw Monster” story, you won’t find one better. Here’s a link to the guy’s correspondence to Monster. It’s a long read but very well worth it!

That is not how electrical panels work. Every other row is on a separate bus, otherwise a double breaker would not be connected to both buses.