Power-manager configuration upload and download method and system for network managers

  • US 7,774,443 B2
  • Filed: 06/26/2001
  • Issued: 08/10/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/23/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A reconfigurable network-equipment power- management system, comprising:

  • a power-distribution apparatus having a power input disposed in the power-distribution apparatus and a communication interface disposed in the power-distribution apparatus for communicating with a remote user system;

    a plurality of power-control outlets disposed in the power-distribution apparatus, the plurality of power-control outlets connectable in power supply communication with the power input and one or more separate electronic appliances;

    a plurality of power-control relays disposed in the power-distribution apparatus, each of the plurality of power-control relays in power control communication with at least one among the plurality of power-control outlets, whereby the plurality of power-control outlets and the plurality of power-control relays provide operating power to the one or more separate electronic appliances and are able to interrupt the operating power to the one or more separate electronic appliances;

    a power-control outlet user configuration accessible by the remote user system for affecting the power provided or interrupted to the plurality of power-control outlets, wherein the power-control outlet user configuration comprises user configuration data for at least one of e the plurality of power-control outlets disposed in the power-distribution apparatus;

    a memory disposed in the power-distribution apparatus and having a power-control outlet user configuration storage area; and

    at least one power controller disposed in the power-distribution apparatus, wherein the at least one power controller corresponds to at least two of the plurality of power-control outlets, the at least one power controller comprising a power-control outlet user configuration transfer mechanism in communication with the communication interface accessible by the remote user system, whereby the power-control outlet user configuration transfer mechanism imports and exports the power-control outlet user configuration data between the power-distribution apparatus and the remote user system via the communication interface as a plurality of data packets that are assembled to form the power-control outlet user configuration; and

    a network software conversion agent in communication with a remote power manager at the remote user system, whereby the network software conversion agent converts software commands communicated as TCP/IP packets into signals that can be understood by the remote power manager.

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