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Silver Shield Power Manager
USER MANUAL







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Table of contents
1. Introduction and features of SiS-PM/SiS-PM-841/SiS-PMS

1.1 SiS-PM

1.2 SiS-PM-841

1.3 SiS-PMS

2. Indicators and controls of SiS-PМ(S)

3. Side panel with connectors of SiS-PM-841

4. Hardware requirements

5. Package contents

6. Installation of SiS-PM(S)

7. Connection of other devices to SiS-PM(S)

8. Switching SiS-PM(S) on and off, connection to the managing computer

9. Software installation

10. Power Manager Help

11. Audible signals and indicators

12. Troubleshooting

1. Introduction and features of SiS-PM/SiS-PM-841/SiS-PMS
Congratulations on purchasing our Silver shield Power Manager. Your SiS-PM or SiS-PMS (hereinafter SiS-PM(S)) is an advanced surge protector with power management features. Four sockets are individually manageable from the computer via the USB port interface.

Every of these 4 sockets can be switched on/off manually, by timer schedule, or by user-defined events. It is also possible to pre-program the unit event timer schedule and then disconnect SiS-PM(S) from the managing computer (hardware schedule) to use it elsewhere. The hardware event schedule will work even with the managing computer switched off.



SiS-PM Power manager software has the following main features:

    • Manual switching of every socket on and off via the software control window;

    • Switching the sockets on and off according to the timer schedule of events, typical applications include: “switch my peripherals on every working day at 8:50AM” etc;

    • Switching sockets on and off when a certain event occurs (Windows or other programs startup/shutdown), typical applications include: “switch my scanner on when I want to scan” or “switch my printer off whenever I exit Windows”;

    • The unit can be assigned a network name as a shared LAN resource and can afterwards be accessed and managed from anywhere within the local area network;

    • Preprogramming of the hardware-based event time schedule. The hardware schedule will work even with the managing computer switched off (for SiS-PM an optional power adapter is required for this function). The unit will keep performing the hardware time schedule even after SiS-PM(S) gets temporarily switched off;

    • Voltage monitor;

    • The software management supports any number of SiS-PM(S) and/or mSiS-PM connected to the computer;

    • Management of SiS-PM(S) via the LAN and Internet;

    • Command line interface support for user software applications;

SiS-PMS has only one difference with SiS-PM – it has a built-in transformer which allows performing the hardware event schedule even when the managing computer switched off. For SiS-PM an external power adapter is necessary for this function.

SiS-PM-841 lets your external hardware (such as KVM switches *) control the sockets and check their status through the PM interface.

SiS-PM-841 is daisy-chainable (up to 16 devices can be connected to each other to be controlled by KVM switches *)


* Supported models of KVM switches: Gembird® CAS-441-PM, CAS-841-PM
1.1 SiS-PM - programmable surge protector (6 outlets, 4 of them programmable)
SiS-PM is an advanced surge protector with power management features. Four sockets are individually manageable from the computer via the USB port interface of the SiS-PM.

Provides advanced surge protection. Includes Euro 20000 insurance for attached peripherals.


SiS-PM Specifications

  • 9V/500mA power adapter (optional, not included) is required for the preprogrammed hardware-based schedule to work

  • Input voltage 220 – 230 VAC~ 50 – 60 Hz;

  • Maximum load current 10A;

  • Maximum current consumed by SiS-PM from the computer USB port - 350mA;

  • Maximum quantity of SiS-PM connected to one computer at the same time – 16 pcs;

  • Plug and Play installation


1.2 SiS-PM-841 - programmable and remotely manageable surge protector (6 outlets, 4 of them programmable)
SiS-PM-841 has all the features of SiS-PM. In addition it lets external hardware (such as KVM switches *) control the sockets and check their status through the PM interface.

SiS-PM-841 is daisy-chainable (up to 16 devices can be connected to each other to be controlled by KVM switches *)


Provides advanced surge protection. Includes Euro 20000 insurance for attached peripherals.
*: GEMBIRD® KVM switches with the power management:

CAS-441-PM, CAS-841-PM
SiS-PM-841 Specifications


  • 9V/500mA power adapter (optional, not included) is required for the preprogrammed hardware-based schedule to work

  • Power management interface: 2 * RJ45 connectors

  • Input voltage 220 – 230 VAC~ 50 – 60 Hz;

  • Maximum load current 10A;

  • Maximum current consumed by SiS-PM-841 from the computer USB port - 350mA;

  • Plug and Play;


1.3 SiS-PMS - programmable surge protector (6 outlets, 4 of them programmable)
SiS-PMS has all the features of SiS-PM. In addition it has a built-in power adapter which allows the pre-programmed hardware schedule to work with the managing computer switched off.
Provides advanced surge protection. Includes Euro 20000 insurance for attached peripherals.

SiS-PMS Specifications


  • Input voltage 220 – 230 VAC~ 50 – 60 Hz;

  • Maximum load current 10A;

  • Maximum current consumed by the SiS-PM from the computer USB port - 350mA;

  • Maximum quantity of SiS-PMS connected to one computer at the same time – 16 pcs;

  • Plug and Play;


2. Indicators and controls of SiS-PМ/SiS-PMS



3. Side panel of SiS-PM-841









4. Hardware requirements


  • IBM-compatible personal computer running Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP or Vista.

  • USB 1.1 or 2.0 port.

  • To allow hardware schedule of SiS-PM events to continue working with the managing computer switched off an extra power adapter 9VDC 0,5А is required (optional). SiS-PMS has the built-in power adapter.


5. Package contents
The package contains:

    • SiS-PM or SiS-PMS or SiS-PM-841;

    • User manual;

    • USB cable;

    • CD with software.

6. Installation of SiS-PM(S)


  • It is strongly recommended to avoid damp or wet places for installation.

  • SiS-PM(S) should be connected to the European AC wall socket of the standard DIN 49 440;

  • SiS-PM(S) can be connected to the computer first and then to the power socket or vice-versa.

  • It is possible to connect SiS-PM(S) to the power source via other multi-plugs, surge protectors, voltage regulators or UPS.


7. Connection of other devices to SiS-PM


  • Two (the first and the last) sockets of the SiS-PM(S) are marked with the symbol . These two sockets are switched on and off by the main power switch of SiS-PM(S) and cannot be managed by the computer. It is suggested to use these two sockets to power up the managing computer and the hardware schedule adapter (which is needed for SiS-PM only).

  • The sockets: Socket 1, Socket 2, Socket 3 and Socket 4 can be managed or pre-programmed by computer via the USB interface.

  • SiS-PM(S) can be used with other multi-plugs and/or surge protectors.

  • It is NOT ALLOWED to connect SiS-PM(S) to powerful machines with inductive type of load, for example: welding machines, washing machines, electric drills etc...

  • SiS-PM-841 can be connected with CAS-441-PM or CAS-841-PM KVM-switches using Cat.5 patch cords.

  • Before you can connect SiS-PM-841 with the managing CAS-441-PM, you should set its ID = 1 using the supplied software “SiS-PM-841 Configuration Tool”. CAS-441-PM can manage only one SiS-PM-841.

  • You can use multiple SiS-PM-841 with one CAS-841-PM. Use the supplied software “SiS-PM-841 Configuration Tool” to set a unique ID for each connected SiS-PMS-841 starting from ID = 1.

  • You can daisy-chain up to 16pcs of SiS-PM-841. Connect SiS-PM-841 with each other using cat.5 patch cords via one of the RJ-45 sockets (both sockets can be used).




  1. Switching SiS-PM(S) on and off, connection to the managing computer




  • SiS-PM(S) can be switched on and off by the main rocker switch (red plastic switch).

  • To protect the attached equipment from eventual high current and short circuit SiS-PM(S) is equipped with the automatic circuit breaker;

  • The power for the manageable part of SiS-PM(S) is derived from the USB port of the managing computer (or when the USB cable is disconnected, from the external power adapter for SiS-PM and from the built-in power adapter for SiS-PMS).

  • If SiS-PM(S) is switched on then the red indicator “POWER” is lit up. In this case both sockets marked with are now connected to the power supply;

  • The manageable sockets of SiS-PM(S) (marked with Socket numbers) can be switched on and off according to the managing computer initiated or pre-programmed events. The current status of each manageable socket is represented by the corresponding indicator – it will be lit up if the socket is switched on.

  • SiS-PM-841 sockets can be controlled not only by PC but also by other external device which can support power manager interface; in particular Gembird® KVM-switches CAS-441-PM and CAS-841-PM. KVM switches can then control each manageable socket of SiS-PM-841. For detailed information please refer to the user manual of the KVM switches.

  • If you’d like the hardware event schedule to work with the manageable computer switched off, the optional power adapter 9VDC 0,5A, should be connected to the corresponding socket +9VDC of SiS-PM. SiS-PMS has got the built-in power adapter.

  • Install the supplied software Gembird® Power Manager.

  • Further follow the software installation instructions (see below).



9. Software installation


    1. Insert CD with the software into CD-ROM drive of your PC;

    2. If for any reason the automatic setup does not work then open CD-ROM drive in the My computer window and launch SETUP.EXE from the CD;

    3. Follow instructions of the installation software;


10. “Power Manager” software
Main window shows status of every socket (switched on or off). Double-click on the sockets to switch them on/off. Voltage alarm (see below) is indicated here with the red stripe at the right side of the socket. Click on the Settings button of each socket to program it. The list box below contains all SiS-PM(S) currently connected to this computer.

Voltage alarm occurs mainly when a socket has to be switched on but the main rocker switch of SiS-PM(S) is off – so the command cannot be executed. You should switch the main rocker switch on to solve the problem. Voltage alarm will also occur if the socket has to be switched off, but due to some malfunction it remains switched on. Voltage alarms are accompanied with beeps (unless “Disable device beeper” option is activated) and Voltage alarm log window, if enabled.

Figure 1 – Voltage alarm log window


Figure 2 – Main window

The Settings dialog box allows you to change settings of the device sockets. You can choose the device (since there can be several SiS-PM(S) attached to the same computer at the same time) and the socket from the "Device" and "Socket" drop down list-boxes.

Figure 3 - Settings



  • It is possible to assign a certain name and icon to the device and socket (for example “Printer” or “Scanner”) using the "Rename" button.

  • Check the "Disable device beeper" checkbox to disable the built-in SiS-PM beeper.

  • Check the "Show socket switch icon" checkbox in “System tray” section if you want to put the icon of the socket into the system tray. Such an icon is a fast way to switch the device connected to the socket on/off or check its status.

  • You can also assign a hot key to switch the socket on/off. Check the "Switch ON" and "Switch OFF" checkboxes and specify the hot keys.

  • To switch the socket on/off on Windows startup, check the "On Windows startup" checkbox and choose the required action.

  • To switch the socket on/off on Windows shutdown, check the "On Windows shutdown" checkbox and choose the required action.

  • Check the "When alarm goes on start application" checkbox and click the "Browse" button to select the program which will be launched when the alarm goes on (see above, e.g. the socket must be on, but there is no power supplied to it yet).

  • Check the "When alarm goes off start application" checkbox and click the "Browse" button to select the program, which will be launched after the alarm state (see above) is resolved.

  • To manage SiS-PM(S) from the LAN and/or via Internet, press the button “Device sharing...” - a dialog box "Device sharing" will appear. Set the checkbox "Share this device via network" if you would like to enable the network access to the device. To prevent unauthorized access to SiS-PM(S) enter the access password in the field "Password". Note: to let SiS-PM(S) work via the network the port 6100 should be open. Contact your LAN administrator for further details.

Using the Timer schedule dialog box you can create the hardware timer schedule for each socket:



  • To add a new record, click the "Add" button. The dialog "Add entry" will appear. In the dialog box which would appear, specify the required activation time and the action (switching the socket on/off).

  • To edit the record, select it and click the "Edit" button or just double click on the entry.

  • To remove the record, select it and click the "Remove" button. You can select multiple entries using Ctrl and Shift keys. You can also remove all entries from the schedule by clicking the "Clear" button.

  • To repeat your events (for example if you want to perform the same events every day) use the "Loop" button and specify the loop time period in the "Edit loop period" dialog.

  • After the schedule records have been created, click the "Apply" button to upload the hardware timer schedule to your SiS-PM(S). In case you made some wrong entries, they will be highlighted and an error message will appear. Click the "Apply" button again after correcting all the errors.

Hint: Use the popup menu which can be activated by a right mouse button click over the table.

Figure 4 – Timer schedule, schedule is applied


The following rules are applicable for creating a valid schedule:



  1. The event activation time may not be in the past.

  2. There should be no duplicate entries.

  3. The latest activation time should be within 180 days from today.

  4. The loop period should exceed the interval between the earliest and the latest activation time with at least one minute. In other words all events should be completed before they can be activated again.

  5. If the earliest activation time is after 45 days from the present time then the loop period should not exceed the earliest activation time plus 45 days. E.g. if the earliest activation time is 50 days from today, then the loop period should not exceed 50 + 45 = 95 days.

  6. Loop period should not exceed 180 days.

  7. Even without loop the total time span of the programmed actions should not exceed 215 days.

  8. The total quantity of event records should not exceed 16.

  9. For very long loop time intervals the maximum allowed quantity of event records gets less than 16. Every 11.3 days of the loop time interval decrease the maximum allowed quantity of records by one. E.g. with loop time interval of 25 days (25 / 11.3 > 2) only 14 event records would be allowed to be entered.

Timer schedule is paused when SiS-PM(S) is switched off. For SiS-PM or SiS-PM-841 without external power adapter the schedule is also paused when they are disconnected from the managing computer. The schedule will be resumed when the power supply is restored. However the whole schedule will be then delayed with the power cutoff time. SiS-PM(S) will then start beeping indicating the hardware schedule problem. Press “Silence” button once to turn the beeps off if you don’t care about accuracy of your schedule. You can also adjust the schedule eliminating the delay. Every time you press the “Silence” button again after the beeps were off, the schedule will be adjusted with one minute. Alternatively create and upload a new schedule using the ‘Timer schedule’ dialog box.

Using the Switching tasks dialog box you can create the software events schedule (note: in contrary with the hardware schedule it will not work without the managing computer):



  • To add a new task, click the "Add" button. The "Add task" dialog will appear. In the "Add task" dialog, check "Switch ON time" and/or "Switch OFF time" checkboxes and specify the time to switch the socket on and/or off. If you want the same event to be performed periodically, check "Perform every" checkbox and specify the time interval. You can also add remarks about the task in the "Comment" field. To disable the task, uncheck the "Enabled" checkbox and to enable the task set the check again.

  • To edit the task, select it and click the "Edit" button or just double click on the task.

  • To remove the task, select it and click the "Remove" button. You may select multiple tasks using Ctrl and Shift keys. You can also remove all tasks by clicking the "Clear" button.

Figure 5 – Switching tasks

Hint: Use the popup menu which can be activated by a right mouse button click over the table.

Using the Application events dialog box you can specify events (switching the sockets on/off) when a certain software application is launched or closed down. You can also associate the event with a certain file on your hard disk.



  • To add a new program event, click the "Add app" button. The "Add program event" dialog will appear. Specify the application title and path to it using the "Browse" button or typing it manually in the "Title" and "Path name" fields. If you use the "Browse" button you can also specify a link to the application. The application title and path name will be taken from the link if possible. After you have specified the application, check "On run" and/or "On exit" and select the event. Note: The socket is switched on/off only when the first window of the selected application is launched or when the last window of the application is closed. For example, you can switch the ADSL modem on/off when Internet Explorer is started up or closed. To disable the task, uncheck the "Enabled" checkbox, to enable the task set the checkbox again.

Figure 6 – Application events



  • To add a new file event, click the "Add folder" button. The "Add file event" dialog box will appear. Specify the event title in the “Title” field. Enter the path to the folder where the file should appear or disappear. You can either use the "Browse" button or type it in the "Path name" field. Specify now the file to watch for in the "File name" field (tip: you can use wildcard characters: "*", "?" - eg. “Myfiles*.ex?”). After you have specified the folder and file name, choose "On placing" and/or "On removal" options. Specify the event to be triggered. Note: the event will only be executed when the first suitable file is placed in the folder (for “On placing” option) and/or when the last suitable file is removed from the folder (for “On removal” option). To disable the task, uncheck the "Enabled" checkbox, to enable the task set the checkbox again.

  • To edit the event, select it and click the "Edit" button, or just double click on the event.

  • To remove the event, select it and click the "Remove" button. You can select multiple events using Ctrl and Shift keys. You can also remove all events by clicking the "Clear" button.

Hint: Use the popup menu which can be activated by the right mouse button click over the table.

Hint: You can switch your printer on whenever you really need to print and switch it off immediately after use if you specify "windows\\system32\\spool\\printers" folder with the “Add folder” button.

Hint: If you have several printers connected to the same computer it would be convenient to move the default spool directory of each printer to a separate folder.

Network devices

The dialog box Network Devices allows connection to the shared SiS-PM(S) from remote computers.



  • To add a new remote SiS-PM, press "Add" button. You will see the dialog box "Add network device". Enter the network name of the computer connected to SiS-PM in the field "Hostname". Enter the name of the target SiS-PM in the field "Device name". Enter access password in the field "Password". To disconnect from the device uncheck the option "Enable", set this option on again to regain access. To locate the shared device in your local network, click the button "Find". A dialog box "Find network device" will appear. Choose the computer by using the mouse double-click and then the device and click "OK" button.

Figure 7 – Network devices, choosing the device from local network



  • To edit the network device, select it and click the "Edit" button, or just double click on the network device.

  • To remove the network device, select it and click the "Remove" button. You can select multiple network devices using Ctrl and Shift keys. You can also remove all network devices by clicking the "Clear" button.

Hint: Use the popup menu which can be activated by the right mouse button click over the table.

Command line interface

To let you switch sockets from your own software applications the following command line interface syntax is supported:



  • pm.exe -[on | off] -device name -socket name

Examples:

"C:\Program Files\Gembird\Power Manager\pm.exe" -on -sis-pm -socket1

"E:\Utils\PM3\pm.exe" -off -my sis-pm -table lamp

Execute pm.exe with -info key to get the complete information over the current device status. For each of the connected devices the following information is provided and available from Info.ini file in the PowerManager folder:



  • DeviceName - the user specified device name;

  • Socket#name, where # is replaced by a certain socket number - the user specified socket name;

  • Socket#SwitchState, where # is replaced by a certain socket number - TRUE, when the socket is switched on, FALSE, when the socket is switched off;

  • Socket#VoltageState, where # is replaced by a certain socket number - TRUE, when voltage presence on the socket is detected, FALSE, when there is no voltage on the socket;

Example: pm.exe -info

Note: Each use of this command totally overwrites the data in Info.ini file.



Note: For Command line interface to be able to work the Power Manager should be launched first.

11. Audible beeps and indicators


  • Long beep – will be heard after SiS-PM(S) is successfully connected to the computer USB port after the self-test;

  • Short beep – will be heard by switching the manageable sockets on and off;

  • Continuing beeps – hardware event schedule is lost – for example if the power supply was cut for a long time. These beeps can be stopped by pressing the Silence button;

  • Alarm beep – will be heard if the managing command cannot be executed. For example if there is a command to switch the socket on but SiS-PM(S) is disconnected from the power supply. The alarm will be heard every second for a minute, after that every 8 seconds. Switch SiS-PM(S) on to get rid of the alarm beeps and let SiS-PM(S) execute the command.

  • Indicator “POWER” is on - means the sockets marked with the sign are switched on.

  • Indicator “Socket x” is on – means this particular socket is switched on.

  • Main rocker switch is lit up – means SiS-PM(S) is connected to the power supply.


12. Troubleshooting



Problem

Solution

The circuit breaker is activated (tripped)

The total load connected to SiS-PM(S) is too big, some of devices should be disconnected and the circuit breaker should be pushed back then.

The switching command is not carried out, the rocker switch and indicators are not lit up, the alarm beep is heard

There is no power supply to SiS-PM(S). Check, that SiS-PM(S) is connected to the power supply and the rocker switch is switched on.

Software reports "Device I/O request error" after switching

Check the grounding of SiS-PM(S). If inductive load, like florescent lamps or motors are connected to SiS-PM(S), it is recommended to use an extra USB hub to connect SiS-PM(S) to the managing computer.

Timer schedule is delayed

Do not power SiS-PM(S) off when the hardware timer schedule is active. Press the “Silence” button, every push will reduce the delay with one minute.






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