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Damarcman
01/19/2010, 10:21 PM
While testing for a power outage (me pulling power plug for EB8 from wall) I noticed a couple things:

If Power Apex Off 000 Then ON
If Power EB8_3 Off 000 Then ON
Would not work for sending alarm email, I had to put
If Power Apex Off 001 Then ON
If Power EB8_3 Off 001 Then ON
Then the power had to be off for at least a minute, that would trigger an email. How can I do less than 1 minute power failures?

When I first plug back in, lights that were on flash back on for a split second then off (could this hurt the power compact bulbs/ballasts). My fallback statement is OFF. But everything else also powers back off for about 10 seconds as the unit reboots. It's like all outlets get a flash of power, then the system starts rebooting and going back to normal after reboot, and doesn't immediately allow for fallbacks.
Do others notice this flash of power? Would a battery backup for the Apex Base module keep these reboots/spikes from happening upon power restoration?

kenargo
01/19/2010, 10:30 PM
In order to immediate email you need to have the Apex powered and use:

If Power EB8_3 Off 000 Then ON

This statement

If Power Apex Off 001 Then ON

Says when power is off in the Apex and for 1 minute after power comes back on to turn on the outlet. Well since the Apex is powered off it pretty much ignores the statement until power is returned so it actually doesn't send email until the power comes back up.

Wrt the 'flash'; I mentioned this to Curt and he is investigating. No, I don't think this will hurt anything but if you are concerned you could add an 'if power off xxx' statment with xxx set to number of minutes you want the lights to hold off.

Damarcman
01/19/2010, 10:43 PM
"If Power EB8_3 Off 000 Then ON" didn't seem to send the email, I'll have to retest that.

Will this power plug suffice for the Base Unit? The plug seems to fit in the hole properly. Are there any advantages to powering the base unit separately if it doesn't have any battery back up connected to it?
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4289280095/" title="powerplug by Damarcman, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4289280095_bfc143a5bc.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="powerplug" /></a>

kenargo
01/19/2010, 10:57 PM
"If Power EB8_3 Off 000 Then ON" didn't seem to send the email, I'll have to retest that.

Will this power plug suffice for the Base Unit? The plug seems to fit in the hole properly. Are there any advantages to powering the base unit separately if it doesn't have any battery back up connected to it?


I assume you don't have > 1 EB8? In that case the EB8 was without power, which means the Apex was without power and with no power the Apex couldn't send an email.

In order for the Apex to send email it must have power either through another EB8 (on a backup) or a transformer like you show above. The xformer needs to be tip positive and 500 ma (I think); I was looking for the specs but can't find it so I'm going from memory)...

If you don't power the xformer there is no benefit to using it.

aquamanic
01/20/2010, 07:16 AM
Your transformer looks to have the right specs. Can't tell on the tip size. Should be 2.1mm but plug it in and see if it fits. Power it off a small UPS along with your communications equipment (and PC if necessary).

Damarcman
01/20/2010, 06:25 PM
plugged it up tonight, was too tired last night. It works just fine, tested by pulling the usb from the EB8 and base unit stayed on! BTW its from an old linksys router I had layin around if people need one, and have an old router it might be the same.

aquamanic
01/20/2010, 06:58 PM
Good time to check your Fallback code for each outlet. When the EB8 loses communications with the controller it goes to fallback. For things that have their own on/'off switches, consider "fallback ON". If not, the outlet is off on the EB8 and there's nothing you can do to get it working again without the controller. This way, you can at least use a timer or just the device on/off to cycle the power. Of course, you have to consider what would happen if this would occur while you were away or at night.