[SASAG] remotely rebootable power-outlet

Skylar Thompson skylar.thompson at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 15:56:26 PDT 2015

While I personally find APC the best general-purpose PDUs out there (not
that that says much), I have run into a few issues:

1. If you want to roll your own auto-provisioning, note that the config
file changes between the AP7xxx and AP8xxx line of PDUs.

2. If the NMC dies, the PDU will keep running until it's turned off. At
that point, it's a brick as nothing can turn the outlets back on. The
chance of a NMC failure goes up dramatically after a few years, and of
course after the warranty runs out.


On 06/30/2015 10:47 AM, J.P. McGlinn wrote:
> APC AP7900/7920/7921 would be the 1u strip from APC with 8 outlets.
> Don’t mind that the 7920/7921 say 208/230v - they’re universal 100-240
> volt. The APC units seem to be based on their old monitoring card and do
> not support IPv6 if you’re looking for that. They might have something
> newer in the monitoring line with 1 outlet or in a zero-U format if you
> have $$$$ and a standard rack to support. The AP7921 can be found on
> ebay for $100 if you’re patient, but you’ll need a configuration cable
> and power cable.
> There are a number of single outlet ones like you found. Some are
> probably used by the provider industry too but a little unknown to the
> IT folks, mostly because raritan/apc/eaton have bigger marketing teams.
> Things like: http://www.bomara.com/cps/apc.htm
> For the DIY crowd there’s raspberry pi/beaglebone/etc + RTC module +
> PowerSwitch Tail.
> (https://www.adafruit.com/products/268?gclid=CKv0loX7t8YCFcRlfgodX3kK4A)
>> On Jun 30, 2015, at 10:24 AM, Thomas Uphill <tuphill at gmail.com
>> <mailto:tuphill at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Can get pricey but you want a network PDU.  They make individual units
>> but most are huge strips.  I've had good luck with Raritan stuff,
>> blackbox is another good one.
>> Mainstream stuff is APC usually.  I remember some people had Tripplite
>> models that were under 200.
>> It's pricey usually :-(
>> --T.
>> On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 9:11 AM, Stuart Kendrick
>> <stuart.kendrick.sea at gmail.com <mailto:stuart.kendrick.sea at gmail.com>>
>> wrote:
>>     Anyone have experience with a doohickey which allows you to remotely
>>     reboot (via SNMP) a power outlet?
>>     I have a flaky device (Comcast cable modem) which I want to reboot
>>     programmatically, by cycling power to it.  In fact, ideally, I want
>>     the doohickey itself to ping the target device, and if the target
>>     device fails to respond (after ~10 minutes), to cycle power
>>     automatically.
>>     I've found this by googling:
>>     http://dataprobe.com/iboot.html
>>     Anyone have real world experience with one of these things and can say
>>     "yup, it works' or "nope, it doesn't"?
>>     --sk
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