The Network PDU-S is a product combines a number of features to satisfy power distribution needs for Data Centers, Professional A/V applications, home/business automation, and of course the seasonal Christmas light display.
1. Six rear switchable power outlets.
2. Two front unswitched power outlets.
3. Programmable Power Sequencer.
4. Network Controlled outlets.
5. 19inch rack mount case.
6. Surge Suppression (Coming in RevB).
7 Circuit Breaker (Coming in RevB).
8. Power Meter per outlet (Coming in RevB).
Typical Use Cases
1. With the features of a standard surge protector / power strip, the Network PDU-S is perfect (err overkill) for everyday power distribution options.
2. Professional Audio/Visual systems often require equipment to be switched on in a specific sequence:
a. By turning on the Amplifier after the Sound Board you avoid dangerous "Pops" that can blow out a speaker.
b. By staggering equipment power on inrush current can be reduced. This helps avoid tripping breakers, GFCIs, or causing mini brownouts that can cause digital equipment to malfunction.
3. Data Centers can take advantage of the switchable outlets that can be controlled over the internet as well as the power sequencing capabilities to ensure servers are powered up in the correct order.
Advanced Use cases
The network interface allows the Network PDU-S to be controlled from a web page as well as with direct HTTP POST commands. These commands could originate from a script running on a server, or from another device. Here are a few use cases I've already experimented with:
a. Multiple Network PDU-S devices can be "daisy chained" over the internet. For example, I may have one Network PDU-S unit at the Sound board and another in a remote equipment closet. When I push the "Start" button on the Network PDU-S at the Sound Board I can have it issue a sequence of local and remote start-up commands to ensure the entire facility powers up in the correct order.
b. Using a script I can poll each outlet for power consumption to and generate statistics.
c. Using a script I can conditionally activate different outlets. Perhaps some equipment needs to be switched on at a certain time of day or switched off after some duration.
d. Using a script I may be able to monitor the functionality of devices attached to the Network PDU-S. If the current measured is outside some tolerance it may indicate a failure in the connected device.