Just about more than a month ago (on March 7th), both my Aztech broadband modem and D-Link wireless router were fried by a nasty lightning strike.
Two network cards within my home network later turned casualties too. Within weeks, my two-year old Brother laser printer refused to work. Brother customer service told me that the printer mainboard could be the issue. Repairs would not have been worth it.
The Belkin Deal
I replaced the router and modem with a Belkin 7632 wireless router cum broadband modem combo and it came with a lifetime warranty and one-to-one swap deal. For that, Belkin's product came at a premium price and it took some convincing before I decided to put my cash into it.
Lightning Strikes Back!
Not taking anymore chances, from that day onwards, I was diligent in disconnecting my network equipment on the slightest sound of thunder. Thunderstorms are getting more frequent in KL these days. But today, I missed the hint by probably a few minutes. There was slight rumbling of the thunder and without much warning, my Belkin was zapped...just like that!
The Calm after the Storm
I went to the dealer and got the Belkin checked. Within 10 minutes, I was given a brand new unit (in shrink-wrapped box). They didn't even need my old box! So, the one-to-one swap was indeed a real deal. The unit I was given has an updated firmware and slightly different port arrangement. Other than that, it looks the same. I must thank the original sales rep who sold me the product.
I got back home and got the new Belkin configured for Streamyx broadband within minutes. Thankfully, so far, no problems with my network cards.
So, if you're living in a lightning prone area, I strongly recommend getting a Belkin even if you have to pay a little more!