I'm building a weather station that connects to my computer via RS232. The problem is I'm worried about my computer being damaged if it gets hit by lighning, I don't want the lighning conducting through the RS232 cabling... A few questions...
Does grounding the weather station make it more succeptible to lightning strikes?
If I don't care about damage to the weather station and use fiber optic cabling which doesn't conduct electricity, is there any point in grounding the weather station?
Even if I ground the weather station, will it still get just as damaged as if it weren't grounded when lighting hits it?
Which of these 3 scenarios should I do?1) Ground the weather station, but keep using RS232 cabling 2) Don't ground the weather station, but use fiber optic cabling instead 3) Ground the weather station AND use fiber optic cabling
Note: I want to do the least amount of work as possible. Converting it to fiber optic would be a pain in the ass.