Ugh! We just had an EPIC storm, and currently have no power other than what I have in all the deep cycle batteries in all the UPS’s etc. But I’ve been a bit lax since we shifted into this house. Settling into becoming a Family man and all that. Used to be I had a go bag, plenty of spare fuel, auto-start genny. The works. This has caught me out fairly hardcore. Mobile network is down, as EVERYONE is trying to use it as noone has a hard-line phone anymore – they’re all DECT handsets whose base stations don’t work when there’s no power. Plus I give it 24hr and we’ll have NO mobile network anyway..
So we need power to the comms gear. When my old work moved out of their old office into a new one, I scored a bunch of DC UPS’s. Little APC 40V jobbies with 24v daughter cards. The Mikrotik router will take 24v happily, but the TPLink DSL modem? Not so much. It wants 5v.