[Nut-upsuser] Re: Question on Belkin UPS

Peter Selinger selinger at mathstat.dal.ca
Thu Jan 5 02:24:30 UTC 2006

Dear Ashley,

I have no personal experience with the Tower-Rack series, but someone
reported on the Nut-upsuser mailing list on 29 Nov 2005 that these
models work with the "belkin" driver of the NUT software
(http://www.networkupstools.org/). This is for the serial port. For
USB, the NUT "newhidups" driver should work (or if it does not, we can
fix it).

The software that Belkin includes is the "Bulldog" software. They do
offer a Linux version, but it is not included on the CD that comes
with their products (one can download it from their website). This
software controls and monitors the UPS (and it can also shut down the
computer if there is a power failure). I have found the Bulldog
software to be buggy and especially the Linux version does not work
very well. I prefer NUT, which is open source, but it is slightly more
work to set up.

I am ccing this mail to the Nut-upsuser list, please respond to the
list if you tneed any additional help with the NUT software. Of
course, we would welcome a positive report if you get it to work with
NUT, or a negative one if it doesn't.

-- Peter

Ashley M. Kirchner wrote:
>     Hi Peter,
>     Not sure if you're still doing this or not, but I noticed you did 
> some hacking around with getting Belkin UPSs to work (semi) properly.  I 
> wanted to ask if you have any experience with their Tower-Rack series.  
> I recently purchased two of them (F6C1500-TW-RK and F6C1000-TW-RK) and 
> they both have an RS232 as well as a USB port for the communication 
> cable (two different cables.)  It's my understanding the USB cable would 
> be the better of the two in terms of signals that get send back and 
> forth.  But, before I delve into this little project of actually linking 
> the machines to the UPS, I thought I'd ask if you know about any 
> caveats.  The machine that'll be used to "control/monitor" the UPS will 
> be a Fedora Core 4 system, if that helps you any.  I did notice that the 
> CD that comes with the UPSs simply say 'Belkin Shutdown Software' on 
> them (and they do list 'Linux' as one of the supported OSs) however I'm 
> wondering if it isn't exactly that, a shutdown app, nothing else.
>     Anything I can do to perhaps help, let me know.
>     -- A
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