Category Archives: iBootBar

Getting Reboot Right

If you are using iBoot or one of our other power management products to power cycle your PC or Server, you want to make sure the computer turns back on when power is switched. There are settings in the computer that dictate how the computer will respond when power is first connected to the computer. Those same settings control what the computer will do when iBoot switches power off, then back on again, as for a reboot.

Many computers default in remaining off when the A/C power is restored, and will not turn on automatically when iBoot power cycles. The good news is that this can be easily rectified.

The fundamental controls of the computer are set in the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). The BIOS can be accessed each time the computer is turned on. Watch carefully for a message from the manufacturer as the machine powers up.  Typically it could be:

  • Press F1 to enter setup’
  • ‘BIOS settings: Esc’
  • ‘Setup = Del’
  • ‘System configuration: F2’

You may need a few attempts to find the message and be ready to hit the right key in time. Each manufacturer does things a little differently, but the basics are the same. The BIOS is a powerful place, so take a moment to learn how to navigate and alter the settings. Fortunately anything you might do accidentally can be undone, just make sure not to Save any new settings until you are sure.

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Typical Power Management Setting

Once you enter the BIOS, look for a section typically called Advanced Power Management, Power Management Setup or something similar.  The feature of Power Management that you want is called A/C Recovery,  A/C Power Recovery, or something like that.  The choices for this setting will typically be ON, OFF and LAST.  To make the iBoot work every time, select ON.  Save you settings and reboot.

You can test this by unplugging the running computer from the wall and plugging it back in again.  If the PC powers up, then you setting are correct, and iBoot will work the same way.

 

[avatar user=”DP_Sam” size=”thumbnail” align=”left” /] Sam Savoye
Dataprobe Technical Support

 

Easy Tools for SNMP Control

Many customers use SNMP managers such as Solarwinds or HPOpenview to manage their Dataprobe devices.  Now customers without these sophisticated managers can make use of the SNMP capabilities of Dataprobe products to do basic control.  A simple program, developed by SNMPSoft Company makes it easy to write simple batch files to call all the parameters to

  • Control the Relays in and IPIO Device
  • Switch Power in iBootBar
  • Control Redundancy Switches for the RSS and T-APS Series

The command line structure is rather complex, so the wonderkids in Dataprobe Tech Support have made it easy, by creating sample batch files, complete with extensive comments.

SNMP Control Program Batch File.

SNMP Command Line Help Screen

These files, complete with the program, sample batch files and a fully commented batch file example can be found on the support page for these products

 

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.