[Nut-upsuser] MGE ellipse 1200 config and documentation

Ivan Adzhubey iadzhubey at rics.bwh.harvard.edu
Fri Jun 9 02:33:35 UTC 2006


I have recently purchased MGE ellipse 1200 UPS for my home system. Obviously, 
the choice of this particular brand was mainly dictated by MGE's 
long-standing support for Linux and NUT project. The fact that the box was 
clearly the prettiest looking one on the block did help also ;-). I have had 
NUT tools installed and configured in no time, as I did it numerous times 
before -- kudos to developers for a brilliant piece of software! Everything 
worked fine but now I wanted to tune configuration a bit and that's where the 
surprise came. I was well prepared to the fact that printed documentation 
that came with the box was pretty much useless. What I was not prepared was 
the quality of MGE's web site (English-language version). Guys, if you want 
my advice: FIX IT IMMEDIATELY. Not only the design is awful and it is full of 
broken links pointing nowhere, but even the minuscule amount of extra 
documentation that can be found there is written in mostly incomprehensible 
language (it is supposed to be English I guess), outdated, incomplete and 
plain wrong in places. This creates a VERY bad image of the company. I 
understand MGE is mainly targeting on kind of industrial market, but they do 
sell at least some consumer grade products, don't they? Now, as a consumer I 
am rather angry at the moment and definitely won't recommend MGE's products 
to any of my less-techie friends. Ok, getting off the flame mode: I would 
appreciate if someone from MGE reading this list would take his/her time and 
tell me what are the "programmable outlets" aka Powershare (TM) feature is 
and how to actually program it with NUT, if possible? There is absolutely 
nothing about it to be found anywhere in the documentation. It would also be 
nice if I could get some comments on the meaning of the MGE-specific items 
from the driver output listed below.


Some specs:

System: ALTLinux Sisyphus (www.altlinux.com), kernel 2.6.16
$ rpm -qa|grep nut-|sort
UPS Driver: mge-shut (cable attached to RS-232 port)

$ upsc ellipse at localhost
battery.charge: 100
battery.charge.low: 30
battery.runtime: 01715
driver.name: mge-shut
driver.parameter.port: /dev/ttyS0
driver.version: 2.0.2
driver.version.internal: 0.64
outlet.0.desc: Main Outlet
outlet.0.id: 1
outlet.0.switchable: 0
outlet.1.autoswitch.charge.low: 0
outlet.1.desc: PowerShare Outlet 1
outlet.1.id: 2
outlet.1.switch: 1
outlet.1.switchable: 1
output.voltage: 120
ups.delay.shutdown: -1
ups.delay.start: -1
ups.load: 12
ups.model: ellipse 1200
ups.power.nominal: 1200
ups.serial: unknown
ups.status: OL CHRG

Ivan Adzhubey

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