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Welcome to CPS's

Rebooting and AC/DC Power Control Products Category


CPS is one of the premier rebooting companies in the industry with thousands and thousands of units installed worldwide. Some of our unique innovations can now be found in other rebooting products throughout the industry. In fact, we started building rebooting and AC power control devices for the old analog modems (4800 bps on dial and dedicated multi-point networks... huh?). In the beginning, the boxes would look at the control signals or simply count the rings. If the control signals didn't transition or if the modem didn't answer in xx rings (hung) it would reboot the AC power where the modem was connected.

The Ring Count concept still holds true today for DSL modems, with a little different twist. It is still the most simple and economical method to do a basic remote reboot available today and it is still a standard no charge feature on all of the newer CPS products, used primarily as a back up procedure.

The product line has evolved to include other AC and DC power control products to keep pace with digital modems, routers, networks, firewalls as well as other current technology. Additional Base Units have evolved along with additional methods to control them such as External Controller Boxes** and Automatic Software utilities.

They addressed both Local control applications using RS-232 or USB and Remote control requirements using a standard phone line or over an IP Network. A Cell controller is also available. The controllers could connect to any of the Base Units, which resulted in a very flexible approach to meet a variety of AC Power control requirements from small single unit applications to controlling server racks.

Now, in it's current state of evolution, the product line is evolving into a "single box" approach by marrying the more popular controllers and base units into a single box that address some of the more popular basic applications. However, the controllers as well as other CPS products still play a prominent roll when moving beyond basic On/OFF control and configuring more complicated or extended power control systems. See Tech Tips for more application ideas.

CPS products are used in a variety of applications, primarily in distributive applications like kiosks, digital signs, VOIP, monitoring equipment, video conferencing, video walls, security systems, observatories, locally in labs and test centers, or actually anywhere there is 1-720 pieces of equipment that may need an occasional reboot or direct ON/OFF control. For basic rebooting, the cost is normally justified the first time that it is used, by eliminating one service call and/or by considering the cost of downtime. See the APPLICATIONS below for additional ideas.

FYI... Cost
Generally, the standard telephone line represents the most economical method to initiate Remote Control even with the addition of direct "Touch-tone" control* (ring reboot is standard). IP control over a network generally adds about $75.00 or up to $170.00 for an external controller to the cost of a product. The Telco control features are then used as backup for out of band control. Local Control with RS-232 or USB is also standard on most products. Other Remote Controllers such as the Cell Controller can add up to $425.00. By combining the products you can build single an automatic pinger for as little as $115.00 or control up to 750 servers (on, off, reset) for about $15-$16 per server.

"That's all well and good, but still a bit confusing. How can I select what I need?"

The products are used for a variety of applications so first scan down through the thumbnail pics below and see if anything jumps out at you. There are really only two main decisions that you will have to make. How to you want to connect to the "Target device" and how you want to control it.

If you need additional clarification, scroll down to the "Quick Pick Chart" and look for the feature that you need under the various column headings or try the following videos.

CPS Demo Video Introduction
CPS Demo Video Controlled Power Strip
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ARR Picture
AC 115V
Reboots AC Power on Dial modems (or anything else) that doesn't answer in Six Rings. Most economical.
TTL level control also available.

Can also be used with Controllers and Switches.

Add full remote Touch-Tone control for only $26.00
(Includes Password and Phone-Line Sharing)

ITTO Announcement

ARR+ Picture
AC 115V
Adds daisy chaining (up to 10 units) and serial port control to the Basic ARR above. Also compatible with FREE Automatic Rebooting Software to provide the most economical method of achieving automatic rebooting.

Add full remote Touch-Tone control for only $29.00
(Includes Password and Phone-Line Sharing)

CPS Picture
AC 115V
Three Outlet Pairs that are separately controlled. Plus all of the control features listed above. Lowest cost per controlled devices (under $40.00 each).

CPS Demo Video Watch  

Add full remote Touch-Tone control for only $39.00
(Includes Password and Phone-Line Sharing)

Broad Band-Aid Picture
AC 115V

$99 Special Combo

Keeps your Broadband network up.
Proactively reboots your modem/router before you realize it is hung.


Add full remote Touch-Tone control back-up for only $29.00
(Includes Password and Phone-Line Sharing)

Power Strip Family Comparison
New Power Strip Revisions
  • Comparison Chart
  • New Internal Touch-Tone Controller
  • Discussion
  • App Notes
  • FAQ

U-X3 Picture
AC 110-250 V
Three separately controlled AC outlets with standard IEC 320 connectors for easy installation anywhere in the world. Daisy chain up to ten units together. Option for Internal Touch-Tone control.

Local Control with USB or RS-232 (Your script or FREE CPS automatic reboot software).
Remote Control with any CPS Remote Controller. Low Cost (under $50.00) per controlled device.

Add full remote Touch-Tone control for only $29.00
(Includes Password and Phone-Line Sharing)

U-X3R Picture
AC 110-250 V
Call for Pricing
Wirelessly control three separate AC outlets with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and Thinkoptics' iWavit.

New - 07-2012

U-X1 Picture
AC 110-250 V
This is a single AC outlet version of the U-X3. It is built in a small form factor to be used in applications where only one device is required or where space may be limited. Such as in kiosks, digital signs, etc.

However, it still retains all of the local and remote control capabilities of the U-X3 above. Including the remote Touch Tone option (ITTO) for only $39.00.

DC3-TT Picture
DC 7-30V
Used to control power for up to three DC power controlled devices.

Local Control RS-232.
Remote Control over standard telephone lines using touch-tone commands.

APC Picture
AC 110-250 V
Network-based Plug and Play AC power control appliance. It generates PINGS and automatically RESETS AC power according to PING results. Includes network and RS-232 interface. Also very configurable for Internet, LAN or WAN use.

Recent Upgrades
   * USB added
   * International IEC or North American AC Connectors for easy installation anywhere in the world
   * Two AC Connectors for added convenience
   * New Model (PSD). Programmable port power up delay for controlled power up sequence.

N-AC2 Picture
AC 110-250 V
Use with any browser to control the AC power locally or remotely (ON/OFF/RESET). Also automatic out-of-band telephone line backup and "Auto Ping" RESET features. Plus USB and local/remote push button control
  • N-AC1 = 1 Controlled AC Jack
  • N-AC2 = 2 Seperately Controlled AC Jacks

Add full remote Touch-Tone control back-up for only $26.00
(Includes Password and Phone-Line Sharing)

APB Picture
and up 
Connects to the Power and/or Reset button to automatically "push the button" after a power failure. Also used as an Addressable Reset and/or Power Button Adapter for the Reboot Controllers. Also Serial Port control.

IPC Picture
AC 110-250V
AC Power reboot for unattended remote equipment. Reboots over ordinary phone lines or automatically with FREE Software. An RS-232 port provides additional control and configuration modifications. Uses internationally standard IEC connectors that make it easy to use anywhere in the world using locally available PC cables and adapters.

IPN Picture
AC 110-250V
Addressable AC power node that can be daisy-chained and controlled by one of the Touch-tone or network Controllers or from the serial port of a local PC. See Software for automatic unattended reboot capability (Windows based). Uses internationally standard IEC connectors that make it easy to use anywhere in the world using locally available PC cables and adapters.

Relay Box Picture
Provides dry contact closure from Reboot Controllers or Relay Concentrator. Maximum rating of 30VDC at 1A.

Relay Concentrator Picture
Connects up to 12 Internal Relay Boards (used to RESET or power ON/OFF PCs) or External Relay Boxes, used for general relay control applications. Daisy-chain up to 60 Concentrators to control up to 720 relays. Local RS-232 or Remote Access Control.

RJ-Cable Assembly
RJ-Cable Assembly
An internal Reset Button Adapter for desk top PCs. Use any CPS controller to control it.

AB-M Picture
and up
AB-M X2 Version
This is under the Switch Category, but review it for wireless LAN rebooting applications.

Type & number
ARR AC 110-125V Ring/ITTO*/TTL NA 6   Least expensive
ARR+ AC 110-125V RS-232/ITTO*/Ring NA 6 AP/HB All AC react to pwr.
ARR-CPS AC 110-125V RS-232/ITTO*/Ring NA 6 AP/HB Separate control of 3
U-X1 AC 110-250V USB/Ring/ITTO*/
320 1 AP/HB Small form factor, daisy
U-X3 AC 110-250V USB/ITTO*/
NA/320 3 AP/HB Small, separate jack
N-AC 1-2 AC 110-250V IP/USB/ITTO*/RS-232
320 1 or 2 AP/HB Network Cntl.
V. Popular
APC AC 110-250V IP/Auto Ping/RS-232/
NA/320 1 AP Stand alone single box
IPC AC 110-250V RS-232 9 pin/Ring/
320 1 HB Lower price than U-X1
for RS-232 control
IPN AC 110-250V RS-232 9 pin/Manual 320 1 AP/HB Daisy chain no ring reset
DC3-TT DC 7-30V RS-232/Touch-Tone Terminal Blocks 3 HB 3 Out Ports
1 In Port
Auto Push Reset/Pwr Button Self/RS-232/Ring/
Ext. Controllers**
MB pins 1 HB Daisy Chain. Normally
use with an external
Concentrator Reset/Pwr Button RS-232/Ex Controller** MB pins 12   Daisy chain up to 60 (720 relays or servers)
Relay Box Relay closure Ex Controller required** Scrw lugs 1   30VDC at 1A.


Target Connection Column
The choices are: AC power, DC power or Reset Pins on a PC motherboard (MB) or a simple relay closure. Most of the time, the AC power connection to the target device provides the most simple and straight forward connection. Scan down the column "Target Connections". If you are in North America any of the AC power units will work for you. If in Europe or other international countries select one that is rated at 220V or greater.

Connector Type & number Column
Then decide how may AC outlets that you need. Do they all react to one command or controlled separately.

The type of AC Jack should also be selected.
(NA) = NEMA- 5-15 North American - Standard 15 Amp North American AC jack.
(320) = Standard IEC 320 jack - International standard AC jack. With this, the customer normally supplies the proper connecting AC cord locally (country dependent). Some products offer both. On those, either can be specified (NA/320). Even if the product that you select only has IEC 320s and you need a North American connector, a small 1' adapter cable can be ordered ($2.25). No big deal. In fact some customers prefer it so that it can be use anywhere with the proper adapter cord.

Then decide how do I want to control it:

Control Methods Column

  1. Locally: The choices are: RS-232, USB or 5V TTL logic
  2. Remotely: The choices are: Using a standard Telephone line (Ring Count or full Touch tone control - ITTO*). Using an IP address over a network or control over a wireless cell network.
  3. Automatically: Using one of the free software utilities with a method of local control. See "Automatic Control".
The control methods are also listed in the order that are most popular for that product. There will probably be more methods of control available standard than you were considering when you began your search. You can just ignore them or use them for backup, if practical. They can all be used simultaneously.

Automatic Control Column
This is normally used for automatic resets. They are generated through FREE software packages supplied with the product selected. The software runs on a handy Windows based PC/server which is connected to the selected "product" through its serial port (required). The PC/software then issues reset commands through the serial port when a condition is met. So if automatic control enters into your decision scan down the "Automatic Software" column. The two primary automatic software packages are:

Auto Ping (AP) pings over the network normally through a modem or router and waits for a return ping. If the return ping is not detected it is assumed that the modem or router is hung and the software issues a rest command to the "Product" through the serial port. Note the "APC" is a stand alone "pinger" and does not require a local PC to run the software. Both are highly configurable.

The Heartbeat (HB) Software is similar except that it is intended to reset a server, on which it is running, that may be hung. It detects a heartbeat signal from the server through the serial port. When it is absent it assumes that the server is hung and automatically Resets the AC Power supplying the AC power to the server. A DLL is also available to help incorporate the reset commands into your application software.

Other software is listed in the Software Table below.

One final tip. If you narrow your selection to one or two products... select the one that is most expensive :) ... Thank you


The Controllers are optional interface boxes that provide an interface to other CPS products (Base Units) that do not have the desired interface built in.

As an example the 12-Con (12 Port Concentrator) has an RS-232 control interface built in, but if you wanted to control it over an IP network you would need an N-RRC (Network Controller). If you needed a telephone line controller, you would need one of the various Telephone Line controllers (SP-RRC, 3P-RRC or MP-RRC). Where no phone line is available, you might need a wireless Cell Controller (CRC).

Note that many of the products already have an IP and/or phone line controllers built in so no additional controller would be required unless the external controller box had a must have option that the internal controlled did not have. Most of the external controller boxes were built for the AC power control Category of products, above. Although a number are being used with the AB-M remote switching units as well as other products with only the basic RS-232 interface, or none.

* INTERNAL Touch-Tone

ITTO Picture
Can be installed inside any of the units specified above with "ITTO" as an option. It provides a password and full ON/OFF/REST touch-tone control over any standard telephone line (landline or cell). Modems are not required. The phone line can also be shared with other standard telephone devices, (ans machines, fax, phone, etc.) except a modem.

ITTO Announcement

** EXTERNAL Controller boxes

SP-RRC Picture
Remote control of a single port (AC power or reset button reboots) over a shared dial line. Use it on the products that do not have the ITTO option or where an analog modem is sharing the phone line.

Popular unit when used with addressable Base Units


3P-RRC Picture
Selection and remote control of up to 3 ports (AC power or reset button reboots) over a single dial line. Can control three sets of daisy-chain products.


MP-RRC Picture
Selection and remote control of up to 8 ports (AC power or reset button reboots) over a single dial line. Can control eight sets of daisy-chain products.


IP Network
N-RRC Picture
Provides access and control over the network for most of the Base Units. Use the Addressable Base Units (IPN or APB) to prorate the cost in multi-device applications.

C-RC Picture
Remote control over a GSM cell phone network. Text Message your control commands. RS-232 modem connection, Too.

Max Call Timer Picture
Limits the duration of modem calls. Disconnects the call and sends a Reset command to an AC powered Base Unit.


K-RRC Picture
Key $89.00
Easily, yet very securely, control AC Power or press the reset button on remote equipment out-of-band, over ordinary telephone lines. Other calls pass through transparently (Security Key required for sharing).
  • Secure access
  • Share a phone line for maintenance applications
  • Control AC power (On/Off/Reset)



CPS offers a number of FREE administrative and operational software products to control the Rebooting hardware. The operational software normally requires Base Units with RS-232 ports. If RS-232 ports are not available on the "Control PC", see the USB to Serial Cable adapter. Note that USB is currently being implemented on some Base Units.

Some of the newer "Heartbeat" and "Auto Ping" software can run as an service at the remote locations independent of the WAN. They also have e-mail notification. See Software.

For a better idea as to how the Base Units and the Operational Software can be used together review the article Proactive Rebooting under Tech Tips. There are a number of diagrams.


Software Helper Products Picture
COMMANDER - Administrative database used to help manage and configure CPS products.

HEARTBEAT - Windows based software that runs on the target machine to automatically reboot externally through the serial port when it hangs. Heartbeat compatible Base Unit is required. Use on Kiosks or single servers.

Serial DLL - Provides reboot type program calls to control the serial port. Easy to incorporate reboots into your software if the application hangs.

HEARTBEAT-S - Same as above excepts runs as a service + E-mail notification.

SERIAL NET - Allows TELNET type messages to be sent to a remote serial port over the network.

AUTO PING - Runs as a service on a remote PC to automatically reboot surrounding equipment through its serial port if the return ping(s) fail + e-mail notice. Mix any of the Addressable Base Units.



Note that Automatic Local control and Remote control are not mutually exclusive. They can be used together.

Whatever your requirement, there is sure to be a product or combination to meet your need. Simply scroll through the following BASE UNITs, CONTROLLERs, SWITCHES and SOFTWARE products to find it, then click on it for further information. But, if you can't find it call 1-800-888-0051 and we'll find a way to do it.

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