I just recently baught a UPS and noticed that there are a couple of connectivity options on it. There are a pair of RJ11 / RJ45 jacks and a DB9 jack. I was wondering what the DB9 or RS232 jack may be used for.
no i didnt get a cable with the UPS but i know i can manage one if i know what i'm going to look for and what is it used for? i know of a friend who has an APC UPS and it shutsdown the pc automatically saving any work. Is this possible via the DB9 connection?
why would i need a com port? I have 2 rigs, 1 with an Intel DG965RY - i plan on connecting the UPS with the Intel rig, the other (Asus Rampage Extreme) rig already has an UPS. But i dont have a com port on any of the 2 rigs :S
any precautions i need to do before i start looking for the cable?
i just rechecked, theres no 9pin serial (comm) port on the back of the mobo, but there is a header for a serial port bracket.
I'll try looking for the bracket as well as the UPS cable on the same day. But the problem here is...the serial headers are WAY up near the ram slots...i have a thermaltake armor case for the DG965RY only hoping the cables long enough for the bracket to reach the PCI slots.
My bad. You're correct as I use a serial port bracket. Make sure that you get the correct serial port bracket for that motherboard.
Oh and will i need any software for the UPS?
I can't answer that question because you didn't specify what OS you're running. If Windows XP, Vista or 7, then you don't. You only need to configure it. If an OS like Linux, then I don't know. Drivers should also be available from the manufacturer.
Gotcha! going out this afternoon to check up on the bracket and cable. How can i splice the cable on the bracket?by soldering?
Cut it in the middle, splice it properly (soldering and heat shrinkable tubing) and it should work fine. Before you cut it, make sure that you have the correct serial cable because there are two types. This site sells both types and their cables certainly are long enough: http://www.frontx.com/cpx102_2.html