Does anybody have a suggestion on how to remotely turn on/off the FlexRadio 6600M remotely, over the network? I've sent an email to Digital Loggers about their interfaces to see if they have one that will simply open/close a circuit (for the remote switch on the back of the Flex). It seems like many buy one of their remote AC switches, then buy an additional module that is controlled by the remote AC power. I'd prefer to have an integrated device, as I don't currently have a need to remotely control AC power on any other devices.
Is there something useful for controlling DC as well? That way I could have an emergency shut off (if remote power wasn't working) for the Flex as well as other devices. Digital Loggers has the DIN IV which looks to solve both problems (potentially) - but the relays built in are only rated for 12A. Has anybody used this and added an external device to handle switching something like a FlexRadio (25A) or other higher-current devices?
You could use a West Mountain Radio RIGrunner 4005i. It has a built-in web interface that allows you to control multiple devices remotely. It's a little pricey, but I know a couple of OM that have had good experiences with them.
I found a very effective way is to use a remote AC power unit over the Internet. When you need to switch 12 volts, just apply 120 VAC to a small cheapo 12VDC wall wart. Amazon has literally hundred of those for very good prices. To control a relay, use a 12 VDC relay which is attached to one of the wall warts. I use that to remote control the ON/OFF of my 6500's.
I use the 4 relay USB board to turn my DC supply on/off, turn on/off my 6300 and if I ever get one a KPA500 linear.
I think they are about $17.
Here is a link: http://denkovi.com/usb-relay-board-four-channels-for-home-automation-v2
I guess the only negative is a local PC required. Good luck, 73 W4SG Dennis
Have a look at Craig's post on this thread
It has real terminals on it with a dust cover and all you need to do is put a cord on it and plug it into one of the the Digital Logger 8 sockets. Turn on the plug remotely and have the line voltage trip the relay that turns the Flex on and off remotely. Works like a charm.
1. AC devices simply plug into an AC outlet of the DL Pro Switch. The outlet is turned ON or OFF by the DL control software. In addition to turning ON and OFF 120v AC devices, an outlet can also be used to energize 120v relays to enable or disable 240v AC power to amplifiers.
2. To turn DC powered devices ON or OFF, an AC powered "brick" with the desired DC voltage is plugged into an AC outlet of the DL Pro Switch. As that AC outlet is turned ON or OFF, the DC output voltage of the "brick" will be turned ON or OFF to the connected DC device.
3. For devices that need to be remotely turned ON or OFF by completing a circuit (like the 6000 series Flex radios), a simple SPST 12v DC relay (like an automotive relay) is energized by a "brick" as in number 2 above). The switch SPST 12v relay is normally in the no contact position, and when the DL Pro Switch outlet is energized, the SPST 12v relay closes the contact and the Flex radio will be turned ON. Turning the outlet OFF opens the contact and the Flex radio turns OFF.
The individual "bricks" greatly simplify turning ON or OFF devices that require a mixture of DC and AC voltages.
Be advised, however, that the Digital Logger devices come set up with a 192.168.0.XXX IP address. You will need to change that IP to a 192.168.1.XXX address for your network to see it. I had a network-savy friend of mine change this for me. From what I read on the Flex Community, most of the community is network-savy and will already know how to do this.
for on/off of the 6600 i add a "extra" signal relay jumped over the outlet 8 relay
DLI have great advantage for remote station
1-) very reliable ,server room proved
2-) user configurable power loss recovery state (all on , all off , last position ) ,this save me couple of time ;-)
3-) in case internet connection lost ,it may cycle outlet based on use script , like reboot the router
4-) handle 20A like a breeze , each of my linear take 17A @120V ,and abuse it on EME and meteor scatter , each of the 2 power plug supply 4 outlet (8 total)
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