A remote power IP Switcher is useful when IP or network-based devices are deployed in remote or difficult-to-access areas. Sometimes, when an IP device loses network connectivity, the power device and/or network switch needs to be power-cycled, or disconnected from power for 10-30 seconds and reconnected. This can either be done manually, or you can use a remote power switcher, which can automatically sense when connectivity to the network has been lost. It does this by regularly pinging one or more IP addresses and/or websites. If it cannot ping for a pre-determined period of time (e.g. 30 seconds), then it can automatically power cycle all devices.
Remote Power IP Switchers are commonly used for network-based IP cameras or wireless network radios mounted on poles that are used primarily for traffic surveillance or monitoring.
The advantages of having this device include but are not limited to:
- You don’t have to be at the device’s location to manually unplug the power and re-plug.
- You don’t have to climb a ladder to access the device if it’s mounted high on a pole.
- You have less downtime.
- You don’t have to do anything, so your own time is saved.
This post is a quick-start guide for this remote power IP switcher found on http://CustomVideoSecurity.com. It is meant to be used within the USA, and there are other options available for other countries. Please contact us at sales@CustomVideoSecurity.com if you require one for another country.
Feel free to follow the instructions below, or contact us to have a technician pre-configure your device for $100. We will need your IP information (device, gateway, subnet mask, DNS), and you will eventually need to open a port in your router/firewall. We can remotely do your port forwarding for you for a fee of $49 for all customers or $99 for non-customers.
- Use Advanced IP Scanner or Wireshark to locate the IP address of the device, which can be identified by the last 4 of the MAC address.
By default, the IP Switch should obtain an IP address automatically from your router using DHCP. If for some reason it does not, press and hold the UIS button for 10seconds and it will revert to a fixed LAN IP of 192.168.0.100. Then change your router’s gateway to access it, e.g. 192.168.0.1 for gateway and 192.168.0.50 for IP.
- Download the latest firmware from here: http://3gstore.com/ipswitchupdates. Login email@example.com, PW: B1ft.
- Download the utility program from here: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://3gstore.com/ipswitchupdates/downloads/utility/Utility.exe&sa=D&ust=1536692783575000.
- Update the device’s firmware with the utility
- Login: admin PW: admin.
- Access the device’s web interface and change the password to whatever the customer specified and/or create new restricted users under “Account”.
- Change the time settings to match customer’s time zone under Time and change DST to auto.
- Schedule date and time of the reboot by outlet port or by whole unit.
- Google hangouts, Skype commands and DDNS are all optional.
Please note, step 8 and 9 should be done LAST if configuring to an IP scheme that’s different from the network on which the device is currently assigned.
- Network and change the network scheme IP, Subnet, Gateway. Erase Primary and Secondary DNS addresses detected from the bench-test network and input Google’s DNS 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 or leave it blank. Change Port number from 80 to something else less commonly used e.g. 88 or 8284 and open the same port on the router.
Now the device is accessible by public IP address and the port number you specified e.g. http://[public IP]:88 if using port 88.
For additional information, or to request configuration of your remote power switcher, please contact us at info@CustomVideoSecurity.com, or call us at 1-877-DEALS-79 or at 1-310-370-9500 x1.
Raymond Shadman 09/13/2018
Posted In: Networks, Video Surveillance
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