During a power outage, responsible business owners use emergency power to keep desktop computers from unexpectedly shutting down. While that’s certainly a good strategy for keeping machines operational and preventing data loss, there’s something else you can do. Ensure that your staff remains productive while weathering a storm: uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for network equipment.
UPS for network equipment
UPS systems provide backup power in case of outages and protect against power surges. They don’t just damage computers but also make you lose unsaved work. Deploying them for Wi-Fi routers and modems allows you to stay connected in what is typically a chaotic time.
Moreover, it makes sense to keep PCs powered up, and also have internet during a disaster. This strategy works relatively well if your staff are predominantly laptop users. Therefore, you only need power for your Wi-Fi gear.
Better than generators
Although generators are indispensable for certain businesses, they also require greater upkeep. SMBs may not have enough capacity to maintain them because they typically require a utility crew to manage.
What’s more, extreme mishaps when misused or mishandled could result in generator-related fatalities. On the other hand, misusing a UPS unit could result in the loss of a day’s work. Although, it’s unlikely to lead to anything as extreme.
Why internet access is important during a disaster
UPS-supported modems or routers help you stay online for as much as 90 minutes. This should be enough time to get your bearings before power finally runs out. Internet service providers (ISPs) are usually prepared for catastrophes and would normally have an emergency power source to stay operational. And if you can stay online via Wi-Fi during an emergency, you get the following benefits:
- Internet speed that’s faster than cellular access
- No extra telecom costs resulting from overreliance on cellular data
- All devices stay online using a stable Wi-Fi connection
- Devices don’t have to rely on cellular data-equipped phones for internet connection
Plugin your network equipment now
Businesses that aren’t located in disaster-prone areas probably don’t give much thought to installing UPSs for their computers. But accidents and emergencies are inevitable. And when they happen, you’ll find that having internet access is one of the most important things you need.
Think of an emergency power supply source like a UPS as an investment that keeps your Wi-Fi equipment functioning in emergency scenarios. Call us today for productivity-saving tips and other hardware hacks for your business.