You probably think that when your power goes out, your home internet services go out too. Well, that’s not true. Believe it or not, when there’s an electricity outage, your internet is totally fine, except, you have no power going to your cable modem and wifi router.
The easy solution is get a battery backup for your modem and router. We are talking about an inexpensive solution here.
Check out APC’s Backup UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) Battery Backup options designed for low power devices. The BGE70 model only costs $30, giving you up to 3 hours of battery runtime, while the BGE90M model costs only $40 on Amazon and gives you up to 4.5 hours of runtime. The BGE90M model is what we recommend as it also has 2 USB charging ports for your small devices in addition to more battery capacity.
This is a small price to pay for continuous wifi connection while you wait for your electrical power to come back while also protecting your electronic devices from surges and spikes. As an added bonus, the battery is replaceable so when it loses charge in a few years, you can replace it with a new one.
Speaking of power fluctuations, this is also the perfect device to keep your router from going down. A lot of people have to reboot their wireless router for various reasons. One being when their power is cut-off from the router for a split-second, sometimes the router has trouble connecting back to the modem. Normally, you would just power cycle the router. But if you have battery backup and surge protection, then your router would receive continuous power and theoretically never lose power. That sure comes handy at 6 am in the morning so you don’t have to get up and reboot your router!