When I lived in Florida (and got hit by four hurricanes in six weeks) I learned something useful, that came in handy again today.
In Florida, after the first big storm knocked out power for two weeks, I bought a generator. After a few days of no Internet I decided to just plug the cable modem into the generator and see what would happen. Since the Cable TV still hadn’t come back, I figured nothing would happen – but I was wrong. Even though the cable TV was out, the Internet still worked!
I don’t have the generator anymore – it now lives at Paul’s house. I do have a UPS though. So when power went out due to thunderstorms this morning I hooked the cable modem into the UPS, and connected the Ethernet directly to my notebook. And it worked. Even though I didn’t have power I was still able to surf the web, and get some work done during the 45 minute-plus power outage.
It’s a useful hack to keep in mind, if you have a generator or a UPS and are prone to power failures.