The Remote Power Switch is a rack mount PDU (PDU stands for Power Distribution Unit), which is a tool for selectively switching AC and/or DC power to your devices. The Remote Power Switch is available in both DC and AC power switch to match the power in use at different kinds of sites.
A Remote Power Switch AC will typically have the standard plugs you see in homes and offices around the world. With a Remote Power Switch DC, you're more likely to see an industrial connector that accepts bare wiring.
Basic PDU units are available from many different manufacturers, but there are a few that include more functionality than the rest. The Remote Power Switch AC can have both PDU and RTU functionalities in only one metal box.
The PDU functionality allows you to control power, while the RTU capabilities allow you to monitor discrete and analog alarm data from your important equipment.
For added environmental visibility, the Remote Power Controller also monitors internal and external temperature, as well as current draw for each input power. This is especially critical at your unmanned sites, where you need to detect and respond to network issues remotely.
With a rack mounted power distribution unit and its power strip switching ability you can turn on servers or other equipment from hundreds of miles away - via LAN or dial-up for example. Obviously, you can also turn off equipment remotely. You can even reboot your servers if they get "jammed up" or "frozen", or you can have outlet control for example. In this way, a simple rack PDU can save expensive trips out to distant locations just to check on power supplies.
You can dispatch your technicians only when necessary. This way you'll avoid the costs of windshield time - wasted time, fuel, and wages on the road. So, instead of leaving your office, it's easier to have intelligent PDUs that can send power control commands remotely through LAN, dial-up, cellular, or other connection.
Using any PC on your network, you can operate controls, check the temperature at the site, and keeps tabs on power consumption - all without rolling a single truck.
Also, if you need to control several devices at one location, you can use the expansion port on the back of the unit to daisy chain many Remote Power Controllers together. Linked switches will act as a single unit, making them easy to remote control using the web interface.
Especially if you already have a remote monitoring system in place, SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is an important feature in a Remote Power Controller unit. With this protocol data unit, instead of simply turning the power on or off through the equipment interface itself, you can integrate your unit into your existing monitoring and control system. When power controllers are under your SNMP manager umbrella, commands can be issued even faster - or even automatically.
Remote Power Switch units are used in server rooms, data centers, remote telecom sites, and anywhere else that you need to be toggled control power to equipment without someone physically being on-site. They're are used in telecom, transportation/transit, public utilities, government, military, education, and research environments worldwide.
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