home router battery backup

Ryan Wilkins ryan at deadfrog.net
Wed Jan 12 19:02:48 UTC 2022

When I subscribed to Windstream fiber at my house a couple years ago I didn’t order voice service but they installed a UPS anyway.  Curiously, they also connected the wires meant for voice lines to their outdoor equipment mounted on the house.  The guy told me he did that after he hooked it up which I was mildly annoyed about since I had planned to use that cable for other reasons.  He was pushing voice service and said I was hooked up for voice should I want to do this in the future.  I’m unsure if this is a standard Windstream install or what.

To add to that, I have my own UPS installed on some of my indoor equipment.. router, one WiFi AP, Synology file server, x86 linux server.  While we almost never lose power at my house, yesterday we lost power for 7 minutes.  I maintained Internet connectivity throughout the brief outage.

Ryan Wilkins

> On Jan 12, 2022, at 12:35 PM, Scott T Anderson via NANOG <nanog at nanog.org> wrote:
> Hi NANOG mailing list,
> I am a graduate student, currently conducting research on how power outages affect home Internet users. I know that the FCC has a regulation since 2015 (47 CFR Section 9.20) requiring ISPs to provide an option to voice customers to purchase a battery backup for emergency voice services during power outages. As this is only an option and only applies to customers who subscribe to voice services, I was wondering if anyone had any insights on the prevalence of battery backup for home modem/routers? I.e., what percentage of home users actually install a battery backup in their home modem/router or use an external UPS?
> Thanks.
> Scott
> Reference for 47 CFR Section 9.20: https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-47/chapter-I/subchapter-A/part-9/subpart-H/section-9.20 <https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-47/chapter-I/subchapter-A/part-9/subpart-H/section-9.20>
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