Marshmallows over ethernet, anyone?
We just had a severe thunderstorm in my area (I think someone's house in my neighborhood took a hit at one point). It was the worst I've ever seen in my 21 years of existence. Constant bright lightning and severe ground-shaking thunder, and I do mean constant.
I was sitting near my PC station, and all of a sudden I hear a "phzzzzzt". Needless to say, my network is toast. I lost a wireless router/4-port switch, and one of the gigabit network controllers (not wireless) on my shiny new (expensive) motherboard
I still don't know if I lost any of the NIC's on my server. I've got a pair of 3Com's in there, which can be replaced much more cheaply than a motherboard.....
Thankfully, my computers are OK. I have them on a battery backup (UPS).
I'm still not sure if the surge came in through the electrical outlet, or through the cable modem. All my electronics are surge-proteced and properly grounded. The cable modem is fine -- so why did the router & NIC get fried?
I'm thoroughly pissed. I paid so much for that motherboard.