Thank you for getting back with me. The only question I have left based on what you said is where should I plug the ground loop isolator? Beginning, middle or the end of my wired network? Let's say I'm having a maximum of 8 switches connected to router (4 daisy chained and 4 separate switches). Where should I plug the ground loop isolator from there?
Thanks again. With this tutorial, does it matter whether the surge protector is made of plastic or metal? Also, when shielding the cord with foil, does the plug on it have to be shielded too? What about the end at the base at the surge protector? How long should I strip off the insulation of the grounding wire? 1 inch?
The reason I'm asking this is because I'm looking to fit the plug of your surge protector through tight spaces since its own design is made straight. What do you think?
No it's plastic but thank you for your response anyway Shaun.
Although your shielded power strip/surge suppressor seems like a good idea, what happens if I need more than the maximum numbers of slots they have? Do you sell ones that have more outlet slots? Also, my laptop is plugged to a multi-usb hub (self-powered) which has ethernet, printer, keyboard and a mouse. I'm not sure if I can unplug those. Will using Stetzerizer filters work in this situation?
This completely answers all my grounding questions. I appreciate all the help you've given me so far. Hopefully the products I've ordered from your website serve me well once they come at my door.
I am still waiting for your reply which I haven't received yet. Could you please get back to me as soon as you receive this? It has been a week.
3) If I can't afford one of your routers and that I have one with metal ports, will this be able to be grounded from any grounded source whether it's by ethernet grounding adapter or a grounded desktop computer? The model of mine is an Asus RT-AC1900.
5) Even if switches have plastic ports in them, are they still useful enough for say, preventing ground from passing onto any other device to avoid ground loops unless I'm wrong?
Since you advised me to put an isolator between my desktop computer and the second switch, how is the first switch grounded? By an ethernet grounding adapter or from the grounded router?
Correct, my cable modem just has a yellow-colored plastic port with gold plated 8 pins. No metal tabs or clips.
Thanks for your answers once more.
Thank you so much for your reply. If you must know, I plan to use shielded cables for all my connections. I have a few questions for the one of your preferred ways.
3) If I ground each and every device, are you saying the grounded router won't be able to pass ground to any device connected to it especially if there are switches with metal ports in between?
4) When it comes to using the Ultimate USB to ethernet grounding adapter, I was thinking of adding ground to my laptop through your USB grounding adapter instead in case I use the laptop without internet like this below,
Would that work out or do I still need to use another grounding adapter such as the Ultimate USB to ethernet grounding adapter to plug to the laptop you mentioned?
5) I'll have you know I plan to daisy chain to 2 switches with metal ports in them. The first one will connect to a portable device. The second one will be connected to the desktop computer. The second one will also connect to a wired broadband router with plastic ports to it.
If the desktop computer is connected to the second switch with metal ports by a shielded cable I mentioned earlier, will it still be able to pass ground to the router provided the second switch is connected to the first one by shielded cable while the latter is connected to the router by that same shielded cable?
As for the ethernet port in my cable modem, the only metal part I see in it is just a couple of pin connectors that make contact with the connectors in any ethernet cable it gets plugged by. If you must know, the model of that modem is TC4300.E and it's a Technicolor brand.
Just to mention one other thing, this wired broadband router connected to the second switch, it will connect to a phone and a laptop. My laptop connects to the internet by a consumer USB to ethernet adapter (TL-UE300 sold by TPLink). It does not have a metal port in it. Does that make any difference in say, connecting an Ethernet grounding adapter in between this and the wired broadband router?
Please let me know what you think.
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