Set Up A UPS For Crash-Free Shutdowns During Power Outages

When the lights go down in the city your computer doesn't have to go down along with them. Learn how to configure an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for your computer — you'll be working through brownouts and shutting down gently in blackouts.

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DIY and technology blog How-To Geek has a step-by-step tutorial on configuring a UPS device to shut down your computer gently in the event of a power outage. The walk through covers the installation of a APC ES 550 model UPS and the accompanying PowerChute UPS/Computer management software.

If you have a UPS device but haven't really configured it yet, you can easily adapt the steps to your particular model and power management software. If you haven't purchased one, the guide will give you a quick overview of the benefits and the available configuration options. Visit the link below to read more. If you have a particular UPS model you can vouch for, sound off in the comments to help your fellow readers shop.

Use Your UPS to Gracefully Shut Down Your PC During Power Outages [How-To Geek]


    We used to get lots of black outs that only lasted 5 sec to 5 minutes
    I use a UPS on my entertainment system in my lounge.
    My wife can watch tv for 15 minutes before it starts running out of power.
    with the amp and TV turned off, the Media centre computer can still record for up to 2 hours.
    if only I could stop it from beeping when the power goes off at 3am

    The biggest thing you have to worry about with a UPS is the cost-to-time ratio. The mid-range UPS we have at work is only there for our servers, to bridge momentary gaps and shut them down if it lasts more than a minute or two. We could get sustained operation of, at most 15 minutes...and there'd be no point in having more if all workstations are off.

    I had a UPS for home use for a while - grabbed it from the side of the road, swapped out the older battery with a car battery, and it worked fine. I had it running the modem, router, and an empty powerboard for whatever turns out to be urgent. The plan was to live off the laptop for a while in the event of a serious outage. Now I live close to a hospital, and get the most reliable and stable power I've had in my life as a result.

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