When the zombies take over, how long till the internet fails?

i was reading this article: When the zombies take over, how long till the electricity fails? - The Straight Dope and i wonder about the almighty internet and what would happen with it in a zombie apocalipsis
thx for any help :stuck_out_tongue:

how long till it fails in Zimbabwe? Maybe it has already failed over there?

would be whenever the electricity fails basically. Routers and servers don’t generally require human input to keep running, or alt least they’ll keep running for many months with no input needed in most cases. When power goes down to your ISP they might have 2-3 hours on UPS batteries. After that your internet goes down. Same with the local telco equipment at the exchange for ADSL, it will run attended for multiple months with no human input needed.

If you have a battery powered laptop and way of recharging it (solar panels maybe?) you could keep internet access through ADSL or wireless after your own power cuts out as long as the local tower or exchange has power.

Which is why my plan to be implemented at the first hint of a zombie outbreak is:

  1. max out bandwidth downloading porn
  2. acquire generator
  3. become king of post apocalyptic world

(I actually put the first phase in effect years ago)

Since this is in reference to a column by Cecil, I am moving it to that forum from GQ.

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i live in colombia, and like 90% of our electriciti comes from Hydroelectrics, so powers is not a big problem. if you dont pay the bill they cut your service using a person or the sistem does it?

It actually belongs in Comments on Staff Reports.

even if it involves an staff report i think its an original question, on a complitly different topic,thats why i posted it in general questions

that won’t help much, unless they are able to isolate your area the drain from the rest of the grid will take out your power as well. Also, as the other coal and nuclear powered systems failed then even if you had local power you would lose the connection to the rest of the internet as routers far away powered down.

Effectively you’d have a lot of little pocket internets that could only connect to other systems on the local hydro grid, but only if that system had a working root level name server or someone non zombied was able to set one up.

thx dude, thats what i needed to know,
and i ask becouse i will run a zombie survivor rpg game

Yes, it’s a staff report.

When the zombies take over, how long till the electricity fails?

Una is too modest. :slight_smile:

I’ll move this to the appropriate forum.

Given the concept of the internet; packaging, copying, dispersal. I doubt the internet will fail, just the power source that runs the internet. At least thats my opinion. We’ll see right? I’m ready for World War Z

My guess is that it will start to fail almost immediately, as the power fails. Parts of it might continue for a while, but they would become increasingly isolated islands in a sea of darkness, and would pretty much track the failure of power and the rampages of the zombie hordes. I’d be surprised if there was a coherent whole still functioning a week after the zombies really got rolling, and that even in pockets where power still functioned if anything still functioned within a month…there would simply be bigger fish to fry than keeping isolated pockets of connectivity going. This isn’t to say that all the server farms and data would be (necessarily) left to rot, or wouldn’t be maintained, but I doubt that anyone would or could keep the infrastructure going in such an event. My guess is that the non-zombiefied network engineers would gracefully shut most of the equipment down, especially the servers, and perhaps (if there were time) weather proof and secure the really vital parts, and then like everyone else try and survive.

Sorry…no WoW for YOU!


What?! Its the zombie apocalypse? But how am I going to update my Facebook status? :eek:

Zombie Zeke is trying to grow some braaaaaaaaaains in FarmVille! Click here to lend a hand!

Given the content of most email and web sites, I’d say it’s doing a pretty good job of failing already.

Including this thread :smack: