UPS Battery integration?


(Brian) #1

I was wondering if anyone has yet to integrate a UPS battery backup like an APC or TrippLite? I know some of them have “web control” so thought it would be cool.
Most have USB soft-shutdown to the computer it is connected to. I would love to be able to boot up my mac from ST and then shut it down gracefully from ST as well!


(Convinced ST will never be unbroken…) #2

The only safe way to shutdown a Mac via ST would be to have an app like HAM Bridge on the Mac that ST could communicate with. As for powering it up, if you have Energy Saver set to boot after a power failure, removing power from the outlet on the UPS and than reapplying it will work.

Depending on the web interface for the UPS, this may or may not be possible from ST. It would essentially need to provide access via an http call (or more likely https) with some sort of authorization.


(Brian) #3

One other recommendation I read on another post was use the arduino shield and make it send the USB power command that the mac keyboards use.

Im gonna fiddle with HAM bridge tonight


(Convinced ST will never be unbroken…) #4

Huh? If you’re referring to power on, I haven’t seen that since the Classic OS days, and that was ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) not USB. Do you have a link to that post?


(Brian) #5

Im trying to dig up the documentation, but I know these guys are using it to power mac minis on & off via usb

http://www.sonnettech.com/product/rackmacmini.html


(Convinced ST will never be unbroken…) #6

I don’t think so. I have been using, supporting, and developing for Macs since 1984. Hard to believe this would’ve slipped by me (but I suppose anything possible).


(Brian) #7

I took an old jellybean generation keyboard with the power button on it and hooked it up to a brand new iMac 27. It put the computer right to sleep and woke it up…


(Convinced ST will never be unbroken…) #8

Yes… but I thought we were talking about power on (not wake from sleep).


(Brian) #9

damn…suppose I should have actually tested that.
ok my point is moot