Well back into the home-lab today for a short discussion on power. Every time I run a class and use my personal lab for demo, my office heats up, and my electric bill increases. I’ve always wanted to implement something like the digital loggers we used back when I was at another training company.
Back then, these were about 3–400 bucks. Great for the labs at work, but not so good for a personal lab. While at yet another company, we used the APC switched power controllers. As you can tell, its still not a “home” type solution. Enter Ubiquiti Networks. They make a cool little power strip that does exactly what I was looking for.
mPower is a mFi Controllable Power Outlet. These outlets are both Ethernet and Wi-Fi controllable, with 1,3,6,or 8 outlet form factors. The setup is very simple and the outlet is easy to control.
As you can see below, the outlet mounts flat on a wall (backet included) and each outlet is clearly numbered. The light at the bottom indicates the state of the outlets. Solid yellow indicates factory default mode, flashing blue is connecting to mFi Cloud or Controller, and solid blue indicates connected to mFi Cloud of Controller.
Managing the Outlets
There are two options for management, mFi Cloud and Controller based. I chose to install the controller on a server. You can then log into the controller and pull various bits of information about power consumption, state of each outlet, and even customize a map to indicate the location of each outlet.
To control the outlet you click the icon for the port you want and toggle the power….
Additionally you can toggle the data seen here:
Create rules to control when things should be shut down.
You can also watch the energy consumption at each port, and tie it back to the spend. An settings tab at the bottom lets you define the cost / kWh.
You can also browse directly to the IP or hostname of the outlet for management.
Overall I feel it was a GREAT buy. I picked up up on amazon for 89.00 each. It’s a fantastic solution for a home lab that you just might want to access while you’re away on a trip. The price is reasonable, and the software is very easy to use. Check it out, and happy labbing!