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Old 12-04-2007, 06:52 AM   #1
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Which UPS should I buy?


Hi all!

I have a small linux server at home (Mandrake 10.0) and it's beeing used for internet connection sharing for LAN stations, samba files sharing and as a fax server. It's an old stuff (IBM Pentium 333 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 40 GB hdd). Other devices are: switch 5p, adsl modem, faxmodem (no monitor included).

What UPS would be the best for this set?
I don't mean "what power" etc. It's more important for the UPS to feature:
- easy and painless installation and configuration (Mandrake 10.0)
- powering on and booting my linux, when the power supply is restored
- cheap (150$ max)

Thanks!
Alex
 
Old 12-04-2007, 07:46 AM   #2
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Maybe my post looks like advertising, but I have an APC Back-UPS that is very suitable for my needs. It supplies power to a LAN with 1 server, 4 workstations and to the switch which connect them all. Regarding your requirements,

- you can easily install and configure the very good apcupsd daemon, which let you to customize actions to take in case of a power failure.

- if I'm not wrong the capability to reboot a machine after a power failure depends from the BIOS, where you can find something like "Restore on AC/Power Loss".

- there are various models, some cheaper, some more expensive.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 04:20 AM   #3
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Actually I have got the APC ups (Back-UPS ES 700), but I am afraid it will not work under linux system. First of all, only the RJ45(ethernet)-USB cable is attached and there's no RS232 ("Com") port provided. There's no linux driver supported by APC.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 05:24 AM   #4
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Maybe not. On the "supported upses and cables" section of the apcupsd manual, the BackUPS ES models are reported to work with a Custom RJ45 cable, that is a ethernet-serial (DB9F female) cable. I have a BackUPS RS 1000 and it works quite well. Anyway, I think a proprietary driver is not needed, since apcupsd gives all the needed support.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 07:00 AM   #5
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Colucix is right, APC UPS work excellently with Linux through apcupsd. I've got one connected to my Slackware server through the USB-RJ45 cable and it works very well.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 07:49 AM   #6
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I had quite a dialog with APS about Linux support---How do you suppose we could persuade them to at least tell people about things like apcupsd?

Some of their larger systems do have Linux support, but I forget the details.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 02:09 PM   #7
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APC Back-UPS XS line are quite good--I have a ton of the BX1500LCD units installed and they're a bargain at ~$150, in my opinion.

Not to sound like an ad, but I've had many great years of service with APC across various jobs and contracts. They stand behind their products.
 
Old 12-06-2007, 05:48 PM   #8
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I have a "Back-UPS CS 350"
From APC

Its great!! Works with the apcupsd as everyone mentions. Working through a USB cable.

It was about AU$100 and powers my server. Lasts 40mins with only 1 PC on it.

Its great!!
 
Old 12-06-2007, 07:50 PM   #9
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Dave, who sells those?
 
Old 12-06-2007, 08:09 PM   #10
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APC

http://www.apc.com/resource/include/...basket=4605,3c
 
Old 12-07-2007, 04:21 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveQB View Post
I have a "Back-UPS CS 350"
From APC

Its great!! Works with the apcupsd as everyone mentions. Working through a USB cable.

It was about AU$100 and powers my server. Lasts 40mins with only 1 PC on it.

Its great!!
You can get one for $79 there:
http://www.dealstudio.com/searchdeals.php?deal_id=71808

Last edited by brightwindow; 12-07-2007 at 04:39 AM.
 
Old 12-10-2007, 04:14 AM   #12
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Thank you guys! Your help is really appreciated!

I have installed apcupsd on my linux and attached APC UPS via its usb cable
and... it is working fine! I have really not expected this model of UPS
to work with linux but I was wrong.
 
  


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