APC Smart-UPS 620VA

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Sat Nov 1 10:45:06 PST 2003

On Sat, Nov 01, 2003 at 03:05:49PM +0100, Bernhard Valenti wrote:

> is the APC Smart-UPS 620VA supported in freebsd?
> i searched the lists, but didnt find anything on that.
> anyways, if you can recommend any other APC UPS for freebsd, i'd like to 
> hear your experiences. if i understand correctly i need a smart UPS to 
> make freebsd shutdown in case battery gets empty? the UPS i need should 
> be around 250euros.

FreeBSD itself doesn't have any specific support for UPSes -- so long
as you feed AC into the power supply, FreeBSD will be happy.

In order to interface with a UPS, check out the sysutils/nut port
(http://www.exploits.org/nut/) -- this will let you monitor UPSes
attached to a serial port or attached by USB: pretty much all APC
hardware should be supported, but you may need to use a specific

You don't need a 'smart' UPS per-se but less fancy boxes won't let you
monitor the state of the UPS is such detail.  Generally if the UPS can
indicate it's on battery vs. on mains power then NUT can probably work
with it.



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