Surge Protect Satellite Lines

Transient Protection Design surge protection satellite feeds entering the building before being distributed throughout the building. By surge protecting and bonding incoming satellite feeds with the electrical system ground it will create an equal potential ground eliminating the potential for ground loops. This will allow for a more reliable satellite system with less chance of noise and interference contaminating video and audio signals. Unlike other technologies on the market, the TPD satellite surge protectors performance will not degrade.

How To Fully Surge Protect Satellite Systems
For Dish, DIRECTV, XM and Sirius radio count incoming satellite lines as well as outgoing cable lines to additional buildings and outdoor equipment etc. Surge protection and proper grounding these pathways are absolutely needed for proper performance of the equipment it is feeding. To maximize performance of the surge suppression system and reduce ground potentials it is also recommended to protect the breaker panel feeding equipment or at minimum the use of a plug in type surge suppressor.


1. Surge protect each incoming satellite line with Transient Protection Design model TPD-SAT1 as the line enters the home and ground the model to the AC power system to assure common point grounding between the power and satellite grounds. Even with proper grounding per NEC requirements, without surge protection applied, the center pin of this cable is left unprotected to bring a damaging surges directly into satellite equipment which continue to your TV’s, receivers, network and any other connected systems.


2. Surge protect the incoming phone and cable lines that directly or indirectly communicate with satellite equipment with Transient Protection Design model TPD-PHONE and TPD-CABLE, respectively. Protection should also be installed where phone and cable lines enter a building structure as it is considered another entry point for lightning surges to enter the system.


3. When satellite systems are connected to a home theater system, network, or television system, special attention should be placed on all other outdoor equipment such as cable or network connections between buildings, outdoor cameras and stereo systems. All copper pathways connected to the satellite system directly or indirectly should be surge protected with an appropriate surge protection device.


4. Surge protect any satellite feed as it leaves and as it enters interconnected buildings regardless of geographic location. Damage may occur because the ground reference between buildings can become separated during a lightning strike or static discharge. Extreme damage can occur when a satellite dish is installed in the yard or on a separate structure, or when grounded inadequately by not taking into consideration the distance between the satellite dish and the home’s service entrance.


5. Protect satellite feeds and network connections that have wire runs over 300 feet even if they are contained within a single building. Long wire runs are susceptible to high levels of capacitance coupled surge energy as it travels alongside other wires and through the building’s structure and mechanicals. If damage occurs inside the home during a lightning strike, additional protection should be applied to all damaged areas which will typically coordinate with equipment fed from different power sources and breaker panels around the home. Surge damage can also occur from ground reference differences between the two systems.


6. Surge protect all breaker panels feeding satellite equipment from internal and external surges. SPD’s (surge protective devices) installed on breaker panels have the primary job of intercepting large incoming surges and reducing and diverting them into the building ground at, or as close as possible, to the service entrance ground. The first SPD should be designed to clamp/stop surges at the lowest possible level before they have a chance to migrate downstream to other equipment loads.
At this point any downstream protection device will be more effective by having a smaller voltage level surge to deal with. This is a technique of staging or cascading surge suppression for the best overall performance. The main building ground is used as the central ground point to which all lightning currents and surges will be directed. The likelihood of damage occurring will be greatly reduced when surge protectors are used.


7. Localized surge protection can be used and is needed at times to protect against internally generated transients and ground potentials. The use of a localized plugs in surge protectors at the equipment level will protect satellite equipment from other equipment on that power circuit. Although breaker panel protection will protect individual power circuits from one another at the panel level it is recommended for sophisticated equipment to also use localized plug protection. This will also work as a second stage to protect against residual energy that may have gotten past the panel protector.