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UPS recommendations

Message #1 - Posted 2005/06/09 - Troubled Tony

Neill Massello wrote:

lusol wrote:

I'm looking for opinions on good quality UPS devices for a dual G5 with dual Cinema displays and a bunch of Firewire disks. I only want this to ride through momentary outages, so just a few minutes of running time is all that is required. What are good vendors/devices, and what vendors/devices might I want to avoid.

My dual 2.0 G5 with (single) Cinema 20 loads my Belkin 1100VA model to about 25% of its capacity under normal CPU operation. I've never tested its battery runtime, but it has performed flawlessly during brief outages. I've only used APC and Belkin UPS models, and I prefer Belkin. I think they've got better configuration options and generally provide more for the money.

Just make sure there's "0 ms transfer time", AKA on-line, double conversion.

I have two of these for everything:

http://tripplite.com/products/product.cfm?productID=2665

Message #2 - Posted 2005/06/09 - Jeff Wiseman

Troubled Tony wrote:

Neill Massello wrote:

lusol wrote:

I'm looking for opinions on good quality UPS devices for a dual G5 with dual Cinema displays and a bunch of Firewire disks. I only want this to ride through momentary outages, so just a few minutes of running time is all that is required. What are good vendors/devices, and what vendors/devices might I want to avoid.

My dual 2.0 G5 with (single) Cinema 20 loads my Belkin 1100VA model to about 25% of its capacity under normal CPU operation. I've never tested its battery runtime, but it has performed flawlessly during brief outages. I've only used APC and Belkin UPS models, and I prefer Belkin. I think they've got better configuration options and generally provide more for the money.

Just make sure there's "0 ms transfer time", AKA on-line, double conversion.

I have two of these for everything:

http://tripplite.com/products/product.cfm?productID=2665

Does the monitoring software for that thing run on a Mac? How do you connect to it (it only seems to have a DB9 connector for UPS monitoring)?

Jeff Wiseman
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Message #3 - Posted 2005/06/09 - Troubled Tony

Jeff Wiseman wrote:

Troubled Tony wrote:

Just make sure there's "0 ms transfer time", AKA on-line, double conversion.

I have two of these for everything:

http://tripplite.com/products/product.cfm?productID=2665

Does the monitoring software for that thing run on a Mac? How do you connect to it (it only seems to have a DB9 connector for UPS monitoring)?

I don't even bother trying. If you're there, you'll get BEEPED until you ACK by pushing a button on the front. Handsome units, ain't they?. Put in the next room if you don't like fan noise, I did.

If the power is out so long that the UPS has to shutdown, it's a much better shutdown than an unregulated shutdown.

Like pulling the Mac's plug. Not something you'd do on purpose, but the Mac does handle that.

Using HFS+ with journaling does too.

You did say it was just to save you from power blinks.

Me too.

Message #4 - Posted 2005/06/09 - Jeffo

here is something that i wrote for another thread when i was testing out my battery after installing tiger:

Ok i got around to installing Tiger on my G4, working great. I went into the energy saver prefpane to set it to not go to sleep since i access it via command line and applesharing throughout the day. well on panther i had to install APC Powerchute for my APC XS 1500 battery backup, well apparently Tiger acknowledged the battery backup on its own because i still have yet to install the APC software and i am currently running this G4 to type this message on battery to see if it is working good and reading the amount of battery and what not. it seems to be working great. it has been running for 13 minutes roughly so far and says it has 28 minutes left on the clock. This is with 5 internal drives and and the monitor is not on backup, only surge, since i can ssh in and turn it off if i need to. would rather have the extra power to keep the machine on longer in case i am not home. I guess this is just more of a FYI then a tech request, but i thought it was pretty freakin cool that it works with it right out of the box! Just so other with this model have a reference i have 8 apps running, but are only currently using itunes and safari and ichat.

There is one thing that actually prompted this test. The APC software would notify you if you were logged in remotely on the CLI and this apple software does not seem to do that. Any ideas if it is just a setting i am missing?

the other hardware that is currently being powered in the setup is three usb card readers and the keyboard and mouse and isight and the contour shuttlepro.

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ok, back on ac power now, it successfully shut it down with 3 minutes left on the timer and it ran for 42 miutes before the shutdown. i had the energy prefpane to auto reboot after power failure but i guess since the computer was shutdown instead of killed it viewed it as NOT a power failure. i guess that was hopeful, but still happy none the less. I hope this helps out someone else. cheers!

Jeffo

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