I am helping a small business redo their networking, and one of the items I recommended was an APC BR1500MS.
Their setup would be Wall outlet (standard "home" outlet) -> UPS -> UPS Battery backes Outlet -> belkin surge protector -> a bunch of small networking devices with wall warts.
At home, I have been using UPS -> Belkin pivoting surge protectors for years to plug in all of my small networking devices (cable modem, switch, router, etc) in to one battery backed port on the the UPS (since all of the wall warts never fit on the UPS itself) without any issues that I know of.
I have come across a myriad of conflicting information on this practice and how it might affect a business:
- Will this be considered a fire code violation
- The use of a surge protector versus a PDU (and if this still could be a fire code violation)
- if there are any actual inherent safety problems in the UPS Outlet -> Surge protector other than human error (like plugging in a vacuum cleaner)
What are best practices that people follow in this situation?