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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Update 09/06/2016

ETHERNET POWER CONTROLLER II


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How do I set up network access from Windows?
How do I set up network access from an Apple Macintosh? - Thanks to John McClintock for these instructions
How do I set up a router for Internet access? -Thanks to Mike G. for these detailed instructions.
How do I enable AutoPing?
What's the new BASIC Scripting Language all about?
What's syslog?  How can I keep an event log?
How can I control that neat LCD display?
What is the current version of firmware?
How do I update the firmware?
What is the default IP address?  How do I reset to defaults?  What is the default password?
On initial setup, I can't establish a Ethernet communications from a Windows PC.  Help!
How can I control the switch from my own applications? 
Can you develop custom firmware for my application?
Can you develop custom hardware for my application?
Do you have PowerMan support?
Can you explain the auto-ping settings?
What are the blue status LEDs for?
What are the CRITICAL and PROTECT functions?
Do you have a Python programming example?
Do you have a C++ programming example?
Do you have a .NET programming example?
Do you have a Java programming example?
Do you have a compiled Windows command line tool or a Perl example?
Do you have a Crestron controller module?
Where can I find iPhone, iPad, or Android apps for Digital Loggers?
How can I use the serial ports?


Question: What is the current version of firmware?
Answer: The current version is  on the update page  Find the revision history here, and firmware update instructions here.

Question: I have on earlier PC-8000 model.  Where can I find information?
Answer: For firmware information on PC-8000  units without power metering, click here.

Question: How can I control and customize the LCD display?
Answer: The LCD can be used to display current and voltage settings, outlet status, or any message of your choice.  You can operate the LCD in "billboard" style, displaying a series of user defined messages.  To customize the LCD, you'll want to write a script using our BASIC scripting language.   You can also use the display to send messages from remote systems (ie. service alert warnings).  To send messages remotely, write a script first, saving it in EEPROM then start the script from your remote system.  Learn more about scripting here.

Question: What is the default IP address?  How do I reset to defaults?  What is the default password?
Answer: 192.168.0.100
To reset to defaults, use a non-conductive pen (NOT A PAPERCLIP) to click the "Reset to default" button located near the network connector.  The master login "admin" and password "1234" are restored as well as the network settings.
For login defaults on earlier PC-8000 units without power metering, click here.

Question: On initial setup, I can't establish a Ethernet communications from a Windows PC.  Help!
Answer: If your default Windows settings won’t access the controller, use a crossover cable and follow these steps to reach the controller’s IP. 
  • Before adding an IP, close network programs and browsers.
  • Go to the Network Settings – Local Area Network or use the keyboard shortcut <Windows-R> - type “ncpa.cpl” and click OK. 
  • Right click on your LAN connection and choose “Properties”
  • Highlight “Internet Protocol” and click the “Properties” button.
  • Make note of the current settings.
  • Select "Use the following IP address".
  • Enter an IP address such as 192.168.0.5.
  • Enter a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0.
  • Delete any gateway entry.
  • Close all windows for the configuration to take effect.
  • Start your Browser and type 192.168.0.100 in the URL field. The index page should be displayed.
  • The default user name is "admin" (lower case) and password is “1234”
  • Set the IP address of the unit to your network, then restore your settings.

Question: Can you explain the auto-ping settings?
Answer: Enabling auto-ping
To enable auto-ping, the check-box to the left of the IP address must be checked, then the change button pushed. You will get a message "Autoping will automatically be enabled after 10 successful pings". This prevents rebooting units before conditions are properly established.

Time Between Pings

The time between which each ping is set. The time between pings to a particular device is (Time_Between_Pings * Number_of_devices_enabled_in_the_ping_list).

Ping failures before reboot

Number of times the ping has to fail (in a row) on a given device before it is power cycled.

Times to attempt reboot

Number of times to attempt power cycling before giving up and disabling auto-ping.

Device reboot delay

Length of time after a power cycle before checking for a response from the device. This allows a device or computer time to completely boot up.

Question: How can I control the switch from my own applications?
Answer:  Downloadthe latest User Utility which includes PowerMan support for Linux. Your application can use HTTP communications. Here are Java, .NET, Perl and C++ exampleswith source.

Windows users can download a Perl interpreter to run the script version.  This script (ver 4.x) is compatible with all DLI power controllers.

Question: Can you develop custom firmware for my application?
Answer: Gladly.  We've done this for many customers.  Our programming rate is $75/hour.  After we agree on a -very specific- project description, we can send you an estimate of the time involved to code, debug and test.

Question: Can you develop custom hardware for my application?
Answer: Gladly.  We've done this for many customers.   Please call with your requirements

Question: Do you support PowerMan?
Answer: Yes, absolutely.  The latest code is added to the tarball. Download the latest User Utility here.

Question: What are the blue LEDs for?
Answer: The blue LEDs indicate that the outlet will be powered on when the "sequence delay" timer elapses. This timer is triggered when:
  • The unit is first powered on
  • An outlet is cycled
  • An Auto-Ping reboot occurs
  • During scripting


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