NEW POWER STRIP FAMILY REVISIONS
CPS provides the most comprehensive set of remote AC power control tools available. The power strips along with the FREE software offerings and a verity of optional controllers provide a plethora of options that can be combined to meet most any AC power control objective, locally or remotely.
However, the power strips have also kept pace with the changing requirements for other low cost local and remote AC power control requirements. As part of this evolution, new models were introduced along with Remote Access Controllers and various software products. No longer are they just rebooters. They are becoming more sophisticated AC power control units....used for
Kiosks · Digital Signage · with DSL and Cable Modems · VoIP · IPTV · Telemetry · Security Cameras · Enable/Disable Control · Lab Testing · etc.
They are equally at home on mountain tops, on poles, on ships, in subways and even under water as well as in cushy office environments.
Or just add a serial port for another $10.00 and run the Free "Heart Beat" software on your PC. Now you have an automatic rebooter for your server for just $99.00 + filtered RS-232 adapter. Plus you still have the out of band ring count reboot feature for backup.
The same is true for automatic rebooting of network equipment (modems, routers, gateways, etc.). Just add the Free "Auto Ping" software to your PC. See Broad Band-Aid for $99.00 + filtered RS-232 adapter.
However, the Controlled Power Strip (CPS), offers the lowest cost per device when the requirement is to separately control multiple devices at the same location. Under $40.00 per device.
What's New this time around
The chart below will help differentiate the various models and options. Just pick what you need for your application.
The Flexibility to Meet a Verity of Remote AC Power Control Requirements
** Broad Band-Aid
Optional External Remote Controllers
Touch-Tone Controller, use when sharing the TelCo line with with inbound modems or controlling multiple Power Strips in a daisy chain.
Multi-Port Controller, use this when you want to build separate daisy chains from multiple ports (3 or 8 port models)
IP Controller, use for remote control over the Internet/TCP/PI network.
Cell Controller use where no phone line or network access is available. Text or e-mail your commands.
Other controllers are also available, but these are the more popular.
There are also several methods to control the power strips. They can be used separately or they can be combined in any manner most suitable to your application requirement.
*Simple Ring count, least expensive and standard on all power strips. (resets after six unanswered rings)
*Serial port of a PC (RS-232 or USB)
*Automatically with the Auto Ping Software or the Heartbeat Software.
*The new internal Touch-Tone option ($26.00-$49.00), makes remote Touch-Tone control (with password and direct ON/OFF control) much more economical. Note that the external Touch-Tone controll is still required if you daisy chain multiple units together or would like to share the line with inbound modems.
Power Strip FAQs
Q. When would I need a serial port?
A. Any time you wish to directly power the strip ON/OFF or RESET one power strip using a Touch-Tone phone (cell, land or modem).
Q. I want to control the power strip over the network with an IP address. But what if the modem
or router is down. How can I recover?
Q. Can I connect two different controllers to a power strip?
Q. Why would I daisy chain say six ARR+ units when I could get just two CPS units and control
six separate pairs of AC jacks?
App Note: A school customer has daisy chained several power strips between classrooms
and turns them ON selectively and then all OFF with one serial port wild card command. This would
also work in a office or a store with several kiosks.
Q. Can I use the Auto Ping software and the Heartbeat at the same time?
Q. I want to control the CPS locally, but I don't have a serial port on my PC. What are my options?
Q. I want to remotely control each AC Jack on multiple Controlled Power strips that are daisy chained
together, using Touch-tones.
Q. What if there is no phone line or network connection at the remote location and I want to power
devices ON and OFF?
Q. I need a remote router to come back ON about 1-2 min after the modem reboot. What is the best way?
Q. I want to connect to different telephone devices at remote locations, but I also want to
automatically power them ON when I connect. Can you handle that?
Q. I want to control the power strips with signals from my own machines (not RS-232). Do you
have any other input capability?
Q. I have international 220VAC requirements. The power strips can only go to 125V. (normally North
America & Mexico). What are my options?
Q. Ok, I want to automatically RESET my modems and routers, but I don't have a PC at these
locations to run the Auto Ping Software. What are my options?
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