[Nut-upsuser] NUT - General Concept Question

Garrett Michael Hayes Garrett at VerbalImaging.com
Thu Mar 2 18:46:53 UTC 2017

I've been looking over the documentation and several installation guides for NUT, and I'm starting to get a little bit of a feel for what it is.  But I'm still not clear whether what I'd *like* to accomplish is actually practical using NUT.  Perhaps someone here can tell me if they've done something similar, or if I'm way off base.

I would like to set up a Linux host as a central monitoring system for UPSs throughout our network.  I'd like that system to be able to see the various UPSs basically in one of two ways:

1)      Tapping into a native network interface on the target UPS (such as some larger APC and Tripp-Lite UPSs we have)

2)      Talking to a Raspberry Pi connected to the UPS via a USB or serial cable (for lower end UPSs that don't have network capability)

I'm interested in monitoring and alerting, not so much in making changes to the UPS settings or shutting down computers, etc.

My dream result at this point would be a central system that:

A)     Gives me a single "pane of glass" to see the current status of my UPSs on a web page

B)     Sends me emails when power related events happen at a UPS (loss of utility power, low battery, etc.)

Am I barking up the wrong tree?  Or does this sound like something that NUT can provide?

Garrett Michael Hayes

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