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Control and Monitoring Software and Hardware
One of the most useful "components" of newer UPS models is control and monitoring software, which gives you extended status information and control over the operation of the UPS unit. Until recently, you had to purchase a very expensive unit to get this capability. Now, even lower-end UPSes have some control and monitoring capabilities (though the hardware and software required may be an add-on option). More expensive units of course have more to control, and thus more complex software.
The hardware part of the equation normally takes the form of a special cable that runs from a special interface port on the back of the UPS to an interface port on the PC. Traditionally a serial port was used for this function, but some newer units can also interface using a PC's USB (universal serial bus) port, or even directly over a network.
The software used for controlling the UPS varies by manufacturer and model, but generally includes functions in the following general categories:
Tip: For a full list of
PowerChute features, see
this page on APC's web site.