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Date:      Mon, 3 Sep 2018 21:19:57 -0400
From:      Chris Gordon <freebsd@theory14.net>
To:        C Gray <frankfenderbender@council124.org>
Cc:        FreeBSD <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: APC UPS BackUPS Pro (BX1500M)
Message-ID:  <92A53B5A-BEC2-4A8C-828F-0AD180E30BD0@theory14.net>
In-Reply-To: <9B877978-297C-499C-86CE-99B68B570245@council124.org>
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I=E2=80=99m using apcupsd (installed via pkg) and have it set to =
gracefully shutdown my machines when the battery is nearly drained.  A =
couple of weekends ago, we had the power go out at night and my machines =
shut themselves off gracefully as expected.  Of course, I had to bring =
them back up manually when I got up, but I would prefer this than having =
them go down hard on a power outage.

Your situation may vary as to what you consider the appropriate response =
and recovery process for your machines, but I=E2=80=99ve had apcupsd do =
what I told it and automate the low battery shutdown.

Chris


> On Sep 3, 2018, at 9:00 PM, C Gray <frankfenderbender@council124.org> =
wrote:
>=20
> My experience says "yes" but with the following qualification: the =
power-source goes to the APC input, and the computer (or other devices) =
plug into an APC output. The APC will supply power with its battery no =
matter what the device or OS, however, the sum of "drive"-current =
determines the rate of battery dissipation. I chose the 1500-watt model, =
APC Pro-1550-S.
>=20
> The lameness comes when the software may or may not auto-save, because =
that entails the OS.
>=20
> I use my APC as an intermediary between a solar-panel powered battery =
which is used for the refrigerator, full-house water purfcation system, =
and my technology room's separate circuit outlets. I plugged in my main =
WAN computer, my ham radio, my Dell server, and a few USB hubs used for =
distributing disk-space specific-topic hard-drives and their BU =
hard-drives.
>=20
> If the battery gets fully drained at night, then the APC kicks in, and =
alarms me so I can turn off processes and systems gently.
> If you have the right OS (and I think they narrowly only support =
Windows, then the APC will suffice for the period for which it is built, =
but no longer. You will need to complete the shutdown process yourself.
>=20
> My answer is a bit general, but then so are quality assurance and =
specs these days....
>=20
> best and good luck,
> chrisg
> frankfenderbender@council124.org
>=20
> On 03-September-2018, at 00:40 PM, Carmel NY wrote:
>=20
>> I was wondering if anyone has any experience with an APC UPS BackUPS =
Pro (BX1500M) unit? I have an opportunity to pick up one for virtually =
nothing if I want it. I am just not sure if it will work with FreeBSD.
>>=20
>> --=20
>> Carmel
>=20
>=20
>=20
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