Nikko UPS unit advice

November 14, 2011 at 02:55:54
Specs: Linux i686, 3.4ghzdualcore/4gb
Hi a friend gave me a Nikko UPS powercom dcm unit and i am not sure what to do with it and if indeed it is working. Seems to be this model http://www.powercom-usa.com/Product... but the australian version. I plugged it into the power and there was a beep but didn't see any lights. I guess i would have to have the pc's plugged into it. There are two connections(power) for i guess two computers? Also two ethernet ports? Does it act like a router? I have only two pc's but i also run 2 ethernet se4curity cameras so not sure how or where i should hook this up as i have no manual. I was talking to a few friends ages ago how i was concerned for my machines in case of a power surge and i jumped at the opportunity to have the ups. I have never even seen one before and only heard of them this year. Would appreciate any insight into these things thanks :0)

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#1
November 14, 2011 at 03:33:20
The multiple power outlets are so you can keep your PC and monitor or other device on during a brownout/failure. This gives you a chance to shut-down properly. The network ports aren't likely a router; they're to keep your PC or broadband modem's network connections safe from power spikes (yes, they do occur)--one should be input from network, other should be output.

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#2
November 14, 2011 at 04:04:05
Thanks that explains a lot. Sop it is for two computers? To be plugged into it at the same time?

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#3
November 14, 2011 at 16:16:41
"Thanks that explains a lot. Sop it is for two computers? To be plugged into it at the same time?"

No. Just one. Remember, the more load you put on it (i.e.---the batteries), the quicker the UPS is going to start to drain down. Again, it's only meant for one PC and it's absolutely-necessary peripherals to exit and shut-down properly. I have an APC hooked to my machine and the only thing I have with the available 6 outlets is the PC, monitor, one external drive and the DSL modem. Gives me about 30 min., but I've only pushed it that far once during an ice-storm 2 years ago.

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#4
November 16, 2011 at 22:45:01
Sorry i am confused. What available 6 outlets do you mean? When you say one pc....i am kind of confused where the ups sits....ummmm don't know how to form the question. Its like a filter for the dsl connection must be the closest to the telephone socket....where should the ups be? We don't get snow storms in sydney and power outages are only maybe once every 10 years....i remember there were a lot when i was a child but extremely uncommon now. I have lived at my address for 17 years and experience 1-2 outages. Thunderstorms do happen though at a certain time of the year plus shortages before of i don't know what. They are rare too.

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#5
November 17, 2011 at 03:22:15
"I have lived at my address for 17 years and experience 1-2 outages."

Then if that's the case, you really don't have much use (outside of filtering for potential power spikes/surges) for a UPS. And if thunderstorms are severe enough, they could bypass (or damage) the UPS itself. I always disconnect power/internet connections during a bad T-storm.

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#6
November 17, 2011 at 07:49:13
I would use this more because i make mistakes in plugging the wrong thing in where it shouldn't be. I blew a motherboard last year because i plugged something else into the same powerboard. That caused a surge. The computer still worked in a way but it was limited after that. I can't remember all the details as it was too long ago and i work on so many computers as a volunteer plus i have short term memory loss.

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#7
February 15, 2012 at 05:23:33
Hi sorry i never did find out where to hook what up to where. Since this didn't come with any cables i am want tinting to know which goes to the power point and which goes to the computer. I can't understand it This is what the actual back panel looks like http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/... as the one further up this thread is to do with another unit overseas somewhere and i am in australia...thanks

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#8
February 15, 2012 at 08:24:09
Big chunk of missing info in this thread.

To have the ups shutdown the pc gracefully there needs to be a serial cable from ups to pc and the pc has to have the software that comes with the ups loaded and configured.

It appears a standard computer power supply cable is used for the power input [wall socket to ups]. It appeas the two outlets need computer power cable extenders. Its male to female with the male end going into the computer and the female end going into the ups.

Most times if you inherit a ups its due to the batterys need to be replaced. But the software when cabled to the unit can tell you that or there is a lite up icon on the front of the ups that indicates this when turned on.

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#9
February 15, 2012 at 20:33:18
Ah you filled me in on a lot. So with the cupped cables that will go into the cupped cobles connections/inputs whatever....are we talking two computers? So the left one goes into the wall and the right inputs are for the computer?

Now software. I didn't get that. Do you know where i would get that? There is a light display on the front of the unit. When i turned this on with being connected to a computer there was something but i don't remember what.Red , yellow green....don't remember. OK so lead batteries could b faulty or dead....ok i guess i will soon find out :0) I have several type of power cords as i keep a box of cables :0)

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#10
February 16, 2012 at 07:00:07
You may be able to download the software from the manufacturers site

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February 16, 2012 at 18:44:08
Thanks but i can't see it on that website

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February 18, 2012 at 04:46:24
Hi can you tell me what cables go where. I am still unclear!

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