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Spark from Wireless Router - Damaged Peripherals?

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#1 NoviceTechie


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 10:47 PM



Recently I was resetting my wireless router by unplugging it for a few moments. Upon plugging it in, I saw that the power adapter had caused a spark. Wondering if I was just seeing things, I performed another cycle and it happened again.


This router is fairly old; I've had it since 2008. I'm going to change it out tomorrow, but I'm wondering:


Could the sparks have damaged any computer or peripheral plugged into the wireless router via Ethernet? Or would it basically just harm the router itself? I only had 3 items plugged into the router: a desktop with an onboard NIC, a macbook connected via a usb to ethernet adapter and a ethernet-connected printer - all of which seem to be fine.


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#2 ElfBane


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 05:42 AM

It's not unusual when mating electrical connections to see a small arc. They are especially noticeable if the area around the connectors is dimly lit. 

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