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    Default Blackouts and Internet

    Hey all. Was wondering what you do to maintain internet service with the fluctuation of the power service. Does this affect the DSL/Cable service-how reliable is the connection? Some of what I do is net based and even for a very short time cannot afford to lose a connection.

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    Default There is only one way to fight this

    You have to have an inverter and a few batteries.

    The inverters provide a seamless switchover from local power to your battery power.

    However, if business is that important, then you should also have reliable, standby power in the form a a small genset. How large or small that will be depends on your living style and house. Anything over 6 Kilos should run a medium sized house. We are talking diesel, of course. You can figure in the neighborhood of RD$100K for a good one. There are used ones that will give years of service if properly maintained.

    Cordially,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly
    You have to have an inverter and a few batteries.The inverters provide a seamless switchover from local power to your battery power.
    Also, take into account that an automatic inverter, which is permanently connected to the grid, even without a blackout, represents an extra RD$ 1.000 - 3.000 added to your monthly electricity bill. Also, the battery life is determined in charging cycles. For example, for batteries with a life of 500 cycles, if you have 5 short 'apagones' during the day as routine, then your will have to replace your batteries within 100 days.

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    Default Sorry Mirador,But You "Cycles" Advice Is Not Correct!

    Many of us here in the DR have had our batteries for years.and thousands of "Cycles" without any problems.I suggest that you don't have an invertor with batteries,or that you better check your system if you do! CCCCCCCCCCc

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    Mirador is partially right.
    He is talking about the deep cycles: that's when the battery is completely empty. Something that will not happen (when used normally) in 95% of the cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrf
    Hey all. Was wondering what you do to maintain internet service with the fluctuation of the power service. Does this affect the DSL/Cable service-how reliable is the connection? Some of what I do is net based and even for a very short time cannot afford to lose a connection.
    From what I understand of your question, it's not the power back up at your end that you are concerned about, as much as Verizon's.
    I can only tell you about the Sosua area, as it may vary in other parts of the country.
    The power fluctuations and black outs do NOT interfere with the DSL, 99.9% of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky
    From what I understand of your question, it's not the power back up at your end that you are concerned about, as much as Verizon's.
    I can only tell you about the Sosua area, as it may vary in other parts of the country.
    The power fluctuations and black outs do NOT interfere with the DSL, 99.9% of the time.

    same in Puerto Plata... when my generator kicks in, my broadband keeps on-a-rockin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirador
    Also, take into account that an automatic inverter, which is permanently connected to the grid, even without a blackout, represents an extra RD$ 1.000 - 3.000 added to your monthly electricity bill.
    Wow, up to US100 a month just to power the back-up system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rellosk
    Wow, up to US100 a month just to power the back-up system.
    It's still cheaper than running a mechanical generator, or, worse yet, being without electricity.

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    Default Inverter

    Thanks for the responses. Do many apartment "complexes" have a back up system for power? I will not be staying in or buying a house there-but will be looking for an apartment to rent-will I still have to buy an inverter? is that the safest? How much do they usually cost?
    Thanks again.

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