APC BE750G Power Saving Battery Back-UPS

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Sun Oct 13 15:02:14 UTC 2013

On Sun, 13 Oct 2013, Carmel wrote:

> I have the opportunity to replace an aging UPS with a new APC BE750G
> Power Saving Battery Back-UPS one. My question is if anyone here has
> ever used this device under FreeBSD. APC does not have, or at least I
> couldn't find any, software for a FreeBSD system. Without the software,
> the unit is basically useless.
> I Googled and found an old message regarding FreeBSD and a similar UPS
> <http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-questions/2004-October/062543.html>
> dated 10/2004. Are those issues still relevant? According to
> <http://www.apcupsd.com/manual/#freebsd> I need to insure that this is
> a "SmartUPS" The unit I am looking at does not qualify.
> I might add that my present unit is connected to a Windows machine. I
> intend to replace that one and hook up both PCs to it.

sysutils/apcupsd works with a lot of APC units.  Offhand, I know it 
works with a several-year-old Back-UPS XS unit (not mine), and with all 
my older Smart-UPS units.  Mac people say that apcupsd works with the 
BE750G: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100314155518972

The Smart-UPS models are preferred for better quality.  In some of the 
newer units, APC has gone to a proprietary communications protocol. 
The problem units are shown on the apcupsd.com site.

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