home router battery backup

Andy Ringsmuth andy at andyring.com
Wed Jan 12 22:52:28 UTC 2022

>>> On Jan 12, 2022, at 11:35 AM, Scott T Anderson via NANOG <nanog at nanog.org>
>>> wrote:
>>> 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?
>> Given that most people barely even know what their home router is, I suspect the
>> percentage would be somewhere south of 1 percent. Outside of my home, I
>> honestly cannot recall EVER seeing someone’s home using a battery backup for
>> their internet infrastructure.
> Same here. A small UPS that will keep my modem, router, and POE for APs alive for
> the time I need to run outside and hook up my generator when PG&E decides to cut
> the power again. A bigger UPS for the small 19" rack that hosts some stuff.
> Top Gear Top Tip: I also have a UPS on my garage door opener. That saves the
> misses from dealing with manually opening/closing the garage door if I'm not
> at home.
> Thanks,
> Sabri

Great idea on the garage opener. I got a new one a year ago with an integrated battery for exactly that purpose. And, although I didn’t realize it when I bought it, it also lets me tie it to Amazon so they can open the door, leave my packages inside, and close the door. No more porch pirates!


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