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Baytech RPC-3 Deal: Remote Switched 8-Port PDU under $50 – Windows App
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Recently we have been investigating remotely switched PDUs for the lab. Several of the items in the lab right now do not have IPMI and remote power control. As a result, it is somewhat difficult to complete simple tasks like power cycling the units remotely. We recently highlighted a deal in the forums for a Baytech RPC-3 8-port Ethernet based PDU which are selling for under $50 on ebay. These are extremely inexpensive selling for under $50 each in many cases.

The Baytech RPC-3 is an older unit, and a web interface is not present. On the other hand there is a stock Telnet/ SSH and serial interface where one can see current power consumption and remotely power cycle the power outlets. This works well except that it does require a shell login and knowing the right commands:

BayTech PDU Power Control Switch - Telnet

BayTech PDU Power Control Switch – Telnet

One fourm member, BThunderW made a great control application for Windows to give these units a graphical control interface.

BayTech PDU Power Control Switch

BayTech PDU Power Control Switch

Overall this is not the most elegant solution, but is highly practical. One of the benefits of this is that the RPC-3 is allegedly a true RMS (root mean squared) power meter. It does not meter by port but does meter across ports. This is useful even for simply testing how much power will be used for a set of equipment prior to datacenter installation. True RMS is generally considered to be superior for this type of measurement versus simple averaging meters that can be found in devices like $20 Kill-a-Watt devices.

This is certainly not as fancy as some of the newer units, but for under $50 it is one of the least expensive options out there.

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Patrick Kennedy
Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.
7 Comments
  • Casey Glosson
    August 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

    With the forums going down, is there anyone who has this app still? Also can a copy of it be hosted with the article?

    • Tyrus Parker
      August 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      I’d like a copy of the software as well. I’m looking for just such a solution.

      • Tyrus Parker
        August 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm

        Also, can it be set up via port forwarding? The pic shows a direct IP address. I would have this connected to a 4G LTE modem with a static IP. How would the modem know to forward commands to the LAN IP from the public IP of the 4G LTE modem?

    • sarah
      March 12, 2015 at 3:31 am

      that BaytechControl.zip must be corrupt, it won’t open for me, perhaps corrupt?
      Thanks

      • sarah
        March 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        Sorry, I goofed in my statement BaytechControl.zip must be corrupt.

        I should have said that the BaytechControl.exe doesn’t open properly

        In trying to execute that .exe I received an error:
        The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135)

        Looking up that error code, the error is: .NET framework is not installed

        (I installed .net ver. 1.1 then program (BaytechControl.exe)
        said you need at least version v4.0.30319

        After installing that bloated version 4 framework the program opens.

        Hope this helps someone should they not have .net framework installed.

        Regards

        • sarah
          March 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

          I also should have said thank you to the gentleman that wrote this little program and to Patrick Kennedy for making it known and available.

          Thank You

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