Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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

 

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.

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