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ANI-RPS08-15: 8 Outlet Remote IP Control Total Current Monitoring & Temperature - 15A
$495.00 $169.00
by Allen Polikoff Date Added: Tuesday 22 October, 2019
I purchased this PDU on eBay (I was looking for a good deal on a PDU as I didnít have to be too picky as all my equipment would be behind a sufficiently sized APC UPS & I came across this item new in box at a discount - however given the price of competing items even the retail price would be considered a bargain compared to what the larger retailers are charging for a basic PDU). I hadnít heard of the company, but the feature set was quite impressive and I had been considering how I would be going to implement socket-specific remote switching so I went with this PDU.

Iím not totally surprised that there arenít many reviews for this company as the products they sell are generally purchased by corporations who often go with either established vendors or look for a single point of purchase for all their needs (usually at a very healthy premium... and often done for the sole reason being that the person in charge of the project has covered themselves in terms of accountability) so the lack of reviews didnít really shock me. Also power strips/PDUs arenít exactly a new device so I was fine tacking some risks.
Having had the PDU for a number of months now I am very glad I did! The device has a significantly higher clamping voltage than my UPS, for those that care about those sorts of things, so I am fairly well covered on that end. Each of the sockets are individually and remotely controllable which is really really useful when you want to power cycle something & you cannot be there in person (just keep that in mind when you chose how you will connect the device to your network - if it is powering the switch it is connected to then you wouldnít be able to power it back on remotely. I have the PDU hooked up to the alternate bank on my UPS with it feeding my machines & I have the switch and a SBC hooked up to the primary bank as the Ďcriticalí devices. If a machine becomes a higher priority I plug one of its PSUs into the other power bank so that i have a little more time to shut it down if ever I need to).
There are handy LEDs indicating whether the switches are on & the device gives you a strong beep when the network is connected/disconnected.

The overall construction of the device seems to be very solid as well. As far as I can tell they did a great job with it & it seems like a quality item. I donít believe it came with mounting hardware for those that care.

One of the other little side benefits is the aux temp sensors (which can be used to automatically cycle a fan/AC based on upper and lower temp limits). Based on the values being reported by my APC UPS (in terms of both wattage & temp) the device seems to be fairly accurate. In fact I think I kind of trust itís wattage values a bit more than I do the APC device (based on what the machines themselves state they are consuming - the APC UPS is a little low I believe).

The one area the device isnít that amazing is the web app - it is very very simple (but honesty for this price Iím totally fine with simple as long as it works). I briefly tried setting up email alerts, but it seems as though itís geared more towards people who have an email server on their network - but Iím sure I could get it working with gmail if I tried for more than 5 min. This and the 10 character limit for socket names are the two areas that were kind of annoying, but they are far from deal breaker issues.
I think it says that the web portal uses SSL, but all my interaction with it (which isnít much to be honest) I have used regular http - this would probably be my biggest concern, but I donít expose it to the outside internet - Iíve accessed it using my VPN, but could also use my reverse proxy which uses HTTPS. That being said I donít know how Ďsecureí it is so if that is something of concern I would definitely keep this in mind.
But the web portal does allow for firmware updates & small entities are often overlooked as hacking a company like Schneider would yield a much larger payoff so there is that. If you really want you can set whatever you want to set (eg the fan temp settings) and just not plug the Ethernet cable in or plug it into a non-networked computer to log data.

Anyway, for the price this is an amazing buy! Great quality, works well, great feature set, etc etc. if I ever need another PDU Iíll definitely be checking out a-neutronics first! And will see if I can capture energy data from it when I have time down the road.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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