We recommend that all Servers, Computers AND any networking equipment such as switches and routers, be connected to good battery backup (UPS) device.

Common mistakes that people make is that they think that a surge protector will suffice, or that their 5 year old battery up will continue working. If you do not have a good battery backup then any power fluctuation or outage will cause that device to to turn off. This is why it’s important for all networking equipment is connected to a UPS. Your server may stay up and your pc may stay on, but if you lose connection to your server then you still cant work and you run the risk of data base corruptions.

It’s also a good idea to know how long you can run before you need to shut your PC down. Most UPS’ will only give you 5-15 minutes of actual run time. If your want to preserver your data and your equipment you need to start closing our your programs and shutting your machine down when the power goes off.

Also make sure that your computer AND your monitor are connected to the BATTERY side of the UPS, not the surge side.

It is important to remember that your printer, especially laser printers, are not connected to the battery backup as this can cause your UPS to shut down.

Most UPS’ also come with software and a USB cable. You should load the software and connect the usb cable to your computer, This will provide you with information on the health status of your UPS along with the ability to shut your computer down in the event of power outages

Summary

  • Connect Computer, Monitor, Server, and Network Equipment to the Battery side of the UPS
  • Do not connect a printer to the UPS
  • Install the software and connect the USB cable. Check the health status of your Battery in the UPS
  • If you are using your PC and the power goes off then use that time to save your documents and start shutting your PC down
  • Ensure that your UPS is the correct size. 350VA UPS for switches, 550VA for workstations, 1000VA for high end computers and 1500VA for Servers