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Considerations When Grounding TelCom Equipment


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I am trying to ground some data equipment in a server/telecom room. I have found a small surge protector that has an external grounding lug that I am using as my primary grounding point…com

Avoid Ground Loops in TelCom and Data Applications
Background: Daniel, a Handyman from Duncan, SC

Question: I am trying to ground some data equipment in a server/telecom room. I have found a small surge protector that has an external grounding lug that I am using as my primary grounding point. I have a ground wire running from this lug to a ground block on the wall, and the grounds for the equipment in question terminate at this ground block. Is there any problems with this setup? Is it less effective or dangerous in any way?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Daniel.
Continuity to the main ground source is essential in order to avoid problems that can be created by isolated ground loops.
I have provided the following links that lead to fully detailed information on this website that will assist you with your electrical question:

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