IP controlled power strip for security

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October 23, 2009 at 09:53:28
Specs: Windows XP

Sorry about the categories I selected...I couldn't find anything that truly related to the topic.

I know someone has to have a similar setup to the one I envision for my company and I hope to get some advice from you experts out there who've dealt with it.

I have 7 stores using DVR surveillance systems that I've put together using PCI DVR cards up to 32 channels. Unfortunately I assumed that at the price charged for these cards the technology was well beyond infancy and at least able to stand without having to be held up. Not the case.

When they run 100% they do exactly what I need them to do. I can record more than 3 months worth of video without having the issues that I had with tapes. They do crash though...and when you're dealing with convenience stores you never know if the person you call and ask to restart the system is going to think, "Okay...if I have to restart it does that mean when the picture is still...I can steal whatever I want and get away with it.".

I've been reading a little bit about IP controlled power strips that will allow me to restart a locked up computer over the internet using a web interface.

PC Anywhere works when the program locks up...but more often than not it's a total hang and not just the program.

Have any of you used these power strips? Are they reliable, or will I be spending more money on something that will hang as often as the computers do?

If you have personally used them and have had a good experience, link me to the product you use.

If you know of a trusted source with positive reviews that I can browse through...that would be awesome too.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this lengthy crap. :)

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October 23, 2009 at 10:01:28
You could do that but a better solution is an Uninterpretable Power Supply (UPS). I am surprised you are not using UPS on your security systems already. They are batteries that keep the systems up even when the power goes out. Allso with a UPS, they come with power management software or Powerchute software that will allow you to remotely access them and so they can send you emails when the power does go out. They also have the feature of switching the power plugs on and off remotely. I would recommend getting an APS because they are the best in the business.


If you are looking for something cheap just get a light time that turns the power off and on at like 12:00AM.

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October 23, 2009 at 10:08:41
Cool. I will definitely look into that.

I jumped into this project a lot more confident than I should have been and I've pretty much just pulled everything out of...yeah.

I'm on the wikipedia page right now.

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