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cusco 1,195 109 February 11, 2016 at 08:39 AM
hi guys.. i'm looking for some UPS backup to use at home for our computers and other cams. we've noticed when there's a power outage, the foscam reset back to original viewing angle which isn't want we originally set it at. so figured if we have UPS to keep the power on even when there's an outage, it won't get messed up.

that being said.. any good deals around that could support a desktop computer and some cams?

thank~!

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Do you have a killowatt to figure out your max power draw in watts?

How much runtime do you need? How long are your outages?

You could get a larger UPS, configure the software on the computer to shut the computer off after 1 or 2 minutes and the rest could be for the cameras.
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hi guys.. i'm looking for some UPS backup to use at home for our computers and other cams. we've noticed when there's a power outage, the foscam reset back to original viewing angle which isn't want we originally set it at. so figured if we have UPS to keep the power on even when there's an outage, it won't get messed up.

that being said.. any good deals around that could support a desktop computer and some cams?

thank~!
I usually recommend something like this on Amazon [amazon.com] to the people that ask me. it would be good for about 20 minutes with an average PC [is there rally an average pc Confused]. More stuff attached uses the backup power faster.
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LiquidRetro: unfortunately i don't.. missed out on the last SD on killawatt..

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I usually recommend something like this on Amazon [amazon.com] to the people that ask me. it would be good for about 20 minutes with an average PC [is there rally an average pc Confused]. More stuff attached uses the backup power faster.
well, since i'll be adding the wifi router and cable modem to it along with the desktop, it might kill it sooner than that.

http://www.apc.com/products/runti...sfamily=29
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hi guys.. i'm looking for some UPS backup to use at home for our computers and other cams. we've noticed when there's a power outage, the foscam reset back to original viewing angle which isn't want we originally set it at. so figured if we have UPS to keep the power on even when there's an outage, it won't get messed up.

that being said.. any good deals around that could support a desktop computer and some cams?

thank~!
How long do you want the UPSs to power your devices? Will everything be plugged in to the same UPS? Or multiple UPSs? How many devices in total? Most consumer UPSs only have 3 or 4 outlets that are on battery backup (the rest are surge protection only), so you may need several units even if all devices are close to each other.

That said, I have an APC network UPS [amazon.com] which has my modem, router, and switch. I have a few of the APC units dale linked which work well, and provide backup power to PCs, TVs, Rokus, Blu-Ray players, a Wii, and another router.
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I usually recommend something like this on Amazon [amazon.com] to the people that ask me. it would be good for about 20 minutes with an average PC [is there rally an average pc Confused]. More stuff attached uses the backup power faster.
My PC is about 225W on idle. I have a 1500W battery and it says it will last for about 16 minutes. No way the average PC will last 20 minutes on that thing.

OP needs to answer some of our original questions so we can size things correctly.
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My PC is about 225W on idle. I have a 1500W battery and it says it will last for about 16 minutes. No way the average PC will last 20 minutes on that thing.

OP needs to answer some of our original questions so we can size things correctly.
225W is a lot at idle! Mine idles around 45W IIRC
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I've had generally good luck with cyberpower. APC is the quality name brand and is priced as such. The big draws will be your PC and if you choose to put it on battery backup your monitor.

Modems and routers typically don't use much power, but you can get a rough upper estimate by looking at the specs of the power brick (E.g. a 1a, 5v power brick will draw 5W + maybe 10-20% extra for the ac/DC conversion and voltage step down).

This technique doesn't work as well for PCs, since a well built PC shouldn't use anywhere near it's power supplies max draw.
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From the foscams I have seen, there should be a firmware setting to reset to original position on reboot...disable it.

As to a UPS, I usually go with Cyberpower pure sinewave models, but that is an expensive option just for some cheap foscam cameras. If you want it for a computer as well, then they are good options though.


http://www.amazon.com/CyberPower-...B00429N19W
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225W is a lot at idle! Mine idles around 45W IIRC
I guess that has 2 monitors and speakers on it too. Overclocked, multiple drives, gpu etc.
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i don't know how much my desktop i7 cpu draws. i don't plan to connect the monitor to the ups... so just only desktop (win7), Tmo wifi router + modem.

and i noticed some of these are not returnable.. so it would suck if i got one that didn't last as it claims. i was gonna look at getting cyberpower, but read some reviews on amazon where once disconnected... it went from 16 mins to 8 to 6 and then off.

YanksIn2009: thanks for the foscam tip. i'll look into that.
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225W is a lot at idle! Mine idles around 45W IIRC
I agree, LiquidRepo's power bill must be scary.

A UPS is supposed to provide power long enough to get everything shut down safely then you need to wait for the power to come back on.
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best bet is to get some small dumb ups for the cameras and a seperate one for the pc.
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