Surge Protect Phone Systems

Whether it’s a landline or a new digital VoIP phone system, phone systems are the backbone of most companies. If the phone system goes down suddenly due to damaging surges, important calls cannot be made, customers go without answers, and problems build up. Installing a single surge protector on the incoming phone or data line to a home or facility can make the difference between productive and idle employees. TPD provides surge protection for incoming and outgoing phone and communication lines.

Why Surge Protect LAN and VIOP Phone Systems?
A single surge protector installed at or near the service entrance, grounded correctly, will ensure that productivity will continue in the event of unexpected surges. Phone systems need protection from both external internal surges. Even if you protect your business phone system with an electrical power surge protector, it is still exposed to damaging surges and differences in ground potential from other sources. Any lines carrying signals into your phone system can carry transient energy and may cause just as much damage as surges that come through power lines. Telephone and internet lines can conduct high voltage, so for full protection you should also guard against surges from your phone and cable lines. The importance of SPDs at these location points cannot be overstated. Phone lines are a direct connection to communication equipment.

How to Protect Phone Lines
Count incoming and outgoing phone lines to the building. Select units to protect incoming and outgoing phone lines to other buildings, gates, etc. Use the TPD-Phone series to surge protect telephone systems, PBX systems, NIU (network interface unit), fire alarm systems, modems, and routers. Installing TPD surge suppression products on wires that leave the structure will assure that damaging transients and surges do not enter onto these lines and destroy electronics inside the home. Units should also be installed as the wires leave the building, assuring that the network and its wiring are protected inside the house. Surge protecting and grounding these pathways is essential for proper performance of equipment.

Phone and coax lines should be brought into the home as close as possible to the incoming service entrance panel. Once they enter the building, they are to be bonded together so that all three systems (power, phone, cable) reference the same ground potential at or near the service entrance.  Since the TPD phone and coax suppression units are designed to dump the bulk of the energy to ground, the suppressors need to be grounded, and it is advisable to provide a ground bond as short and straight as possible, using a minimum 18 to 14 AWG wire or larger. This concept provides a common reference point for incoming data and the AC power; therefore, the voltage potential between them is kept at a safe level. This is an extremely important step. If it is ignored, even the best protection equipment may not be effective.  

National Electric Code Recommends Phone, Cable and Satellite Type Surge Protection
NEC recommends incoming phone and cable surge protection. This protects and diverts unwanted transient surges from entering the home on incoming power wire, ground wire, phone lines, cable sheathing and center pin pathways. NEC requires that phone and cable company dMark locations to be located and grounded with a maximum five foot ground wire to the service entrance of the building. This makes all grounds short for and limits the voltage developed in the grounding connections during lightning strikes. It is recommended that satellite antenna cables should also be routed past the service entrance and grounded there. This may be difficult to achieve, but remote grounding points along with a surge suppression diversion can be put in place to create adequate protection, bringing the building up to NEC standards and IEEE recommended practices for power of sensitive electronic equipment and electronics loads. Areas of the country with dirty and unreliable power from the utility company should also be considered high risk areas. A lightning protection system (which refers to adding ground rods, copper points and down conductors to a building) will greatly reduce the risk of fires caused by lighting, however, it is inadequate to prevent damage to electrical and electronic satellite equipment.


The Importance of Surge Protecting Phone Systems

Transient Protection Design surge protection for LAN (Local Area Network) and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone systems is an essential consideration for maintaining seamless communication in both residential and commercial applications. Surge protection is essential to safeguard communication, data integrity, and equipment longevity for both homes and businesses.

Uninterrupted Communication
LAN and VoIP phone systems are the backbone of modern communication, facilitating data exchange and real-time conversations. Transient Protection Design model TPD-Phone-RJ  acts as a shield against electrical damage, ensuring uninterrupted communication. Whether you're at home or in a commercial setting, TPD surge protection greatly improves the ability to have consistent access to voice and data services.

Safeguarding Valuable Equipment
Communication systems comprise valuable components, including switches, routers, and VoIP phones. Surge-induced damage can lead to costly repairs or replacements of these components. TPD surge protection acts as a guardian, reducing the risk of electrical damage and extending the lifespan of your communication equipment in both residential and commercial applications.

Data Integrity and Call Quality
In both residential and commercial environments, disruptions in LAN and VoIP systems can compromise data integrity and call quality. Residential users rely on VoIP for clear calls and internet services, while businesses depend on it for critical communications. TPD surge protection ensures data integrity and optimal call quality in both contexts.

Cost Savings
Repairing or replacing communication equipment can strain budgets. TPD surge protection acts as a financial barrier against electrical damage, mitigating the risk of unexpected repair expenses. Whether it's optimizing your home office setup or ensuring uninterrupted business operations, TPD surge protection contributes to cost savings.

Operational Continuity
In commercial settings, LAN and VoIP systems are integral to various operations, including customer service, remote work, and collaboration. Surge-induced failures can disrupt business activities, impacting productivity and customer satisfaction. LAN and VoIP surge protection plays a pivotal role in maintaining operational continuity, ensuring seamless communication for both businesses and clients.

Environmental Resilience
Networking equipment is often exposed to varying environmental conditions. Surge-induced equipment failures can result in increased electronic waste. TPD surge protection helps maintain the resilience of communication equipment, aligning with sustainability goals and ensuring the reliability of network systems.

TPD surge protection for LAN and VoIP phone systems is essential for preserving uninterrupted communication, protecting valuable equipment, maintaining data integrity, achieving cost-efficiency, ensuring operational continuity, and promoting environmental resilience in both residential and commercial applications. It provides peace of mind, reliability, and unwavering connectivity for homeowners and businesses alike, ensuring that communication remains clear, secure, and free from disruptions.