Category Archives: iBoot

“Your iBoot will save lives”

We like to think that we fulfill an important mission, keeping networks reliable and minimizing downtime.  We try not to use too much hyperbole in touting our significance in the lives of other people, but sometime we hear from users that moves us to tear of pride.  I will share one of those letters with you:

“I am the Senior Field Engineer for a Federal Law Enforcement Task Force. My job includes managing, maintaining, and improving our own Special Operations Support Unit and also supporting all other federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies; 200 of them with all forms of electronic surveillance. Out of the 200 agencies, only about 20 of them have their own technical support units and I work with them all. 

For the last two years we have been working on a large project that has helped fight crime on a whole new level. There has been one weak point in this project that has not only cost us a lot of over-time but has also slowed us down because of all the time we had to spend going out and manually re-booting equipment. Some of the areas this equipment has been installed in require us to put a team of undercover officers together to act as ‘protection’ for a technician to go out and do the re-boot. It also requires the use of a special truck because of the height of the equipment. This has cost us a lot financially, but it has also jeopardized lives and cases.

On our last equipment deployment – the Friday night before Memorial Day weekend – our equipment lasted only 12 hours before needing to be re-booted. The case involved a threat to the life of a Law Enforcement Officer and his family. So for the next few days (remember this is a Holiday weekend), every 12 to 24 hours we had to put a group of people together to go out and re-boot this device. As you can see, this put a lot of people’s lives and plans on hold to protect the life of this man and his family and we all did this happily. 

After finding your iBoot online, and then installing it into our equipment, we have not had to go out to this unit again. I have not only made it a policy in our office that any new installation MUST have an iBoot installed in it, but I have also notified the other 20 tech departments I work with and have told them that they will need to do the same. Your iBoot will save lives!

– A Very Happy Law Enforcement Agency (Name withheld upon request for security reasons)

[avatar user=”dp_george” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”] George Foote
VP, Sales,
Dataprobe Inc.

Let AutoPing Protect Your Network

We get a lot of calls for our old PowerPal phone line power controller.  When we tell them that the iBoot does the same thing over the network they often reply: “But the network is the thing that is failing and needs to be rebooted!”

Thank heavens we invented AutoPing!

The AutoPing feature allows iBoot to automatically detect when the network fails and automatically reboots your router, cable modem, DSL or anything else that caused the freeze-up in the first place.

I have one in my basement that continuously ‘pings’ through my home network out to the internet.  Every time the cable company locks up, iBoot senses that and automatically reboots everything right away.  No more calls from from the kids that they can’t play XBox or stream Netflix.

Anyone who wants to keep their network up and running and avoid whiny kids (or bosses) should get one and make their troubles a thing of the past.

You can do even more than that

With AutoPing, you control the timing of the ping tests and how many fails it needs before it takes action.  Maybe you want to shut something down when something else is off line – AutoPing can do that.  Maybe you want to fire up an alert signal when something important fails – AutoPing can do that too!

AutoPing Operational Modes:

AutoPing as Network Monitor: iBoot is installed with the device to be rebooted, but pings a remote host to test the communication channel. Ideal for: DSL & Cable Modem Verification

Local AutoPing: iBoot is installed with the device it monitors and automatically reboots if there is no response. Ideal for: Kiosks & Servers

AutoPing Alert: iBoot monitors network device and powers up alarm or redundant system when there is no response Ideal for: Hot Standby Servers, Environmental Control, Alert for any Network Failure

AutoPing Setup is Easy

AutoPing Setup for iBoot-G2.

AutoPing Setup for iBoot-G2.

The  iBoot-G2 has two IP Addresses that you can set for AutoPing.  The basic setup uses one IP Address.  If you want to test more than one IP you can add the second address, then select the logical AND or OR mode to set which ones have to fail before action is taken.  Set the Frequency in seconds and the Fail Count independently for each IP Address.  Finally set the Action.  AutoPing supports several options here:

 

None AutoPing will not take any action upon Fail.
Power On – Latch Upon triggering, iBoot-G2 will power on and remain so until changed via the web, telnet, DxP, etc.
Power On – Follow Upon triggering, iBoot-G2 will power on.  When the ping response returns, iBoot-G2 will power off.
Power Off – Latch Upon triggering, iBoot-G2 will power off and remain so until changed via the web, telnet, DxP, etc.
Power Off – Follow Upon triggering, iBoot-G2 will power off.  When the ping response returns, iBoot-G2 will power on.
Power CycleTimes Upon triggering, iBoot-G2 will cycle the power.  If Power Cycle does not result in the ping response the iBoot-G2 can cycle again.  The number of times the iBoot-G2 will cycle is set by the Times setting.  To have the iBoot cycle power 3 times to get the system to respond again, set the Times to 3.

iBoot Puts Your Safety First

Dataprobe UL Lists A/C Power Switching Products

UL.cUL.LabelDataprobe iBoot and iBootBar A/C power switching products are UL Listed. This means they are tested by Underwriters Laboratories and Certified to meet their exacting standards. It also means that the tests conducted are appropriate for the type of device under test. Only devices that are tested and pass all the tests conducted by UL can apply the UL label.

Dataprobe invests a great deal of time and money to make the best, safest products possible. We take great pride in the success of our products and hope you will appreciate the effort we make to build the safest products at the best value.

Dataprobe PDUs are listed under UL 60950, and as such are designed for stricter data center environments. Only UL 60950 insures that PDUs offer appropriate branch circuit protection.  We think your safety is worth the extra investment in engineering to meet the standards and proving that we did so.

UL Compliant Products May be OK

Other companies use independent labs that test to UL standards. These may or may not be the appropriate safety standards. It is very easy to say tested to UL standards, but that might be for noise emissions or something other than fire safety.

Don’t Buy Untested Products!

Some companies completely forgo safety testing! I don’t see how anyone can buy or install in their home or office or worse yet, their customer’s location something without any safety testing at all.

In any case, check with your Fire Insurance Underwriter before installing anything other than a UL Listed power distribution product on your A/C power mains. There have been cases where non-UL Listed components or appliances caused a fire and the insurance was voided. Please don’t let that happen to you. If you are putting these products in your home or in your business you need to be aware of the potential liabilities.

Search for your products listing online

If you have any questions about a specific product or company you can easily check out them and their products at the UL Website. There is a handy search form to fill out Here

[avatar user=”dp_david” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]David Weiss, President
Dataprobe Inc.

Another Reason to upgrade your iBoot-G2

In addition to all the other good reasons to keep your iBoot-G2 upgraded, Our latest release 1.10.59 has a secret control method that we are sharing with our blog readers first.

The iBoot-G2 can be controlled directly from the web browser with a simple URL command. This allows you to create bookmarks that can turn power on/off or reboot with one (double) click from you desktop!

This technique is in the currently released version of the iBoot-G2 and will appear in the next release of the iBoot-G2+.

This is the syntax for creation of the URL:

http://ipaddress:port?u=username&p=password&s=state&t=time

Where:

  • ipaddress: IP Address of device. Required
  • port: Web port of device. Required if not standard port 80
  • username: User name. Required unless user control without security is on
  • password: Password. Required unless user control without security is on
  • state: State to set. Required 0 = off, 1 = on
  • time: Time of state in seconds. Optional. 1-99 valid.

For an iBoot-G2 with factory default values, The URL would be:

http://192.168.1.254/?u=admin&p=admin&s=0 to turn the outlet off, and
http://192.168.1.254/?u=admin&p=admin&s=1 to turn it back on.

If I add the &t=5 to the end of the command, the outlet would change state for only 5 seconds. To reboot your system for 10 seconds would be:

http://192.168.1.254/?u=admin&p=admin&s=0&t=10

Try it out for yourself by typing the link directly into the address bar of your browser.  Create a bookmark for you browser or shortcut on your desktop for quick power control.

Create Shortcuts for easy power control from your desktop

For those who are not concerned with security, there is an option in password setup that will allow an automatic logon. This means going to the ipaddress for the iBoot will bring you directly to the control page as if you were a user. Clicking on setup will require a password, but controlling the outlet will not. If you enable auto logon, then my sample URL link would look like this http://192.168.1.254/?&s=1 to turn on the outlet.

If you don’t already have firmware version 1.10.59  you can get it from our user forum; Click Here.

[avatar user=”DP_Sam” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]Sam Savoye, Tech Support
ssavoye@dataprobe.com

New Logos and Product Branding

Changing logos can be a challenging undertaking for business both large and small.  Big company logos can cause quite a stir when changed.  Our small company logo change may not cause a big public outcry, but it certainly was a significant undertaking for Dataprobe.

Our 1969 Logo

Our 1969 Logo

When our founder, Sy Weiss started Dataprobe in 1969, we focused on test and measurement tools for the telecommunications industry.  Our original logo based on the Boolean NOR operator, was meaningful to the hardware engineers that were our client base of the day.  It served us well for many years, but has lost its impact in illustrating our current value proposition to our current customer population.

2012 Logo

2012 Logo

Our new logo, which we unveiled at the end of last year features a modern color scheme and the ubiquitous Power ON symbol.  We were almost reluctant to use it, as it has been used from everything from software to men’s body spray.  In the end, we agreed that it best represents our core commitment to maximum uptime for our clients and our core power control product line.

New iBoot Logo

New iBoot Logo

Along with the new logo for the company, came matching logos for our core iBoot product family.  These were a refresh of the iBoot logo with the same color scheme as the corporate logo.  It was a fairly big undertaking for our entire production staff to update all the packaging, silk screening, manuals, etc.  We are still working through getting everything updated.

 

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David Weiss, President
dweiss@dataprobe.com

iBoot adds reliability to WiFi deployments.

Managing hundreds of locations is a challenge for any business.  When your business is providing wireless internet access, your customers rely on continuous service and downtime becomes especially costly.  DeepCoolClear, a leading provider of Managed WiFi solutions and the popular Hotspot in a Briefcase knows that their customers can not afford to roll a truck every time one of their systems gets a hiccup.

Managing hotspots in high end public spaces

“Ours is a small business that thrives upon providing the best possible services to our customers. We cannot afford the downtime associated with broadband outages.” says Girish Altekar, President of DeepCoolClear.  Girish knows that many times, these outages are frustrating to the end users and potentially costly to the coffee shop, supermarket or other hotspot provider.   Girish also knows that most of the time, a quick power cycle can get the job done with minimal intervention.  “As part of our services, we wanted maximum uptime for our hotspots. Since most of the outages experienced for our hotspots are transient broadband failures, we need a solution to automatically reboot our devices when a failure was detected. ”

After looking at a number of reboot devices, DeepCoolClear standardized on iBoot to provide the automatic failure detection and immediate reboot they were looking for.  “The iBoot is compact, well designed and meets all of our needs” Girish went on.  “We see our hotspots active all the time.  That’s a big benefit.

Find out more about DeepCloolClear

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David Weiss, President
dweiss@dataprobe.com