I'm hijacking this thread only because I think a powerline adapter is the best solution here.
Question: Is it worth-while to run the "receiving" powerline adapter off a surge protector to protect against power surges? (I could care less if the "transmitting" end fries my $60 router, better that than my $1000 gaming tower) Does this have any negative effects?
I think if you've lost hardware to lightning strikes before, then you should look at surge protecting the mains at the point it enters your house to protect everything rather than just choice products.
I don't know if current Powerline networking kit handles surge-protectors well, but the earlier stuff to either drop the connection altogether, or reduce speeds right down to like 1 or 2Mbit/s in a sort of "safe mode".
<guesswork> The surge-protectors might filter out frequencies that Powerline kit needs to use for signal carrying. </guesswork>
DPete27 wrote:I don't know.
Am I being paranoid?
If you had CAT6 and your router's DSL/power connection wasn't surge protected, there's maybe a chance that the surge could be transmitted down the CAT6 too. Only wireless would give you physical isolation in this case.