Remote Wireless Infrastructure

Remote Power Switches

These are devices which provide unfiltered electrical pass-through power through their outlet receptacles with added monitoring, management and control features achieved either locally or remotely via the network. Note that a PDU does not generate neither does it condition power to the outlets, what it does is provide the power as it receives it.

Basic PDUs (Power Strips) simply provide a means of distributing power from the input to several outlets while an intelligent Power Distribution Unit (PDU) fills the gaps that the typical power strip cannot. It provides a central unit to control and distribute electricity across the different connected devices.

Our team has done a review of some of the top/ best performing PDUs currently available and discussed PDUs at length here.

Basic PDU

Figure 1: Basic PDU


Smart PDU

Figure 2: Intelligent/ Managed PDU


Intelligent/ Managed PDUs allow for remote management of power metering information, power outlet on/off control, and/or alarms. Some advanced PDUs allow users to manage external sensors such as temperature, humidity, airflow, etc.



With the increased internet usage and adoption of IoT, smart power switches are essential for monitoring and controlling power to components connected to the network. You could easily do this on a web app or your phone.


Monitoring IP Cameras

Consider surveillance cameras on a network with connection to POE switch which is powered via a smart web switch. When there is an issue with the camera connectivity, individual cameras can be rebooted via the POE switch. Otherwise, one can reboot the POE switch on the smart power supply unit if the devices are unresponsive.





Other IoT Devices

Consider other IoT devices with different input interfaces connected to a network as below. A smart PDU can be used to monitor power consumption of the devices as well as reboot them if need be.




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Choosing a Power Distribution Unit

Primarily consider the following before settling for a PDU:

  • Type of PDU whether metered, monitored, switched etc.
  • Form factor and Nature of installation (0U, 1U, 2U)
  • Available Input Power & Expected Output Power
  • Number of Outlets & Nature of Electrical outlets

Power switches like Digital loggers LPC7 provides an autoping feature which is used to reboot the outlet which connects the WAN device in case the connection has timeouts. Also, custom scripts are possible with remote switches like the LPC7. Consider, cycling a specific port daily at a specific time.


-- Cycle an outlet daily at 1:00am

function cycle_outlet_daily()

while true do

  wait_until({hour=1, min=0})


    delay (60) -- prevent it from running more than once in the same minute




The web power switches can be applied in the following areas where IoT devices have been interconnected in a network:

  • Data-centers
  • Smart Agriculture and greenhouses
  • Livestock and Poultry Monitoring
  • Telecommunication
  • Smart homes


 Find here a comparison/ review of the most highly rated PDUs currently in the market as reviewed by our Tech team.


Compare remote power monitoring and control devices
Item Key Specifications Available at these Online Market Places

Digital Loggers LPC9 (MPN: LPC9)

STEP10 image

Type: Remote Power Switch
Switched ports: 8
Scripts Supported: Lua
Email Alerts:

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Digital loggers LPC7

SDC-30 image

Type: Remote Power Switch
Switched ports: 8
Script: Basic

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Digital loggers EPCR7
Power monitor and switch
Type: Remote Power Switch
Switched ports: 16
Script: Lua
Event Notification:
Email, XMPP, Webhook
buy SDC-30 from RFWEL Engr E-Store
Ventev BTRM-200
 battery monitor
Type: Remote Battery Monitor
DC Input:9-32 V
AC Input: 90-130 V
Interfaces:RJ45 andDB9
buy SDC-30 from RFWEL Engr E-Store
Digital Loggers 482
IoT  power monitor and switch
Type: Web Controlled -48V PDU
DC Input:36-75 V
-48 DC Connections:8
buy SDC-30 from RFWEL Engr E-Store


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