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PFSense UPS connectivity / NUT service

Posted by pete_c , 25 July 2016 · 3587 views

Over the years here have added bits and piece to my PFSense firewall.  Decided it would be better to document each plugin / piece separately in separate blogs.
1 - NTP server via hardwired serial GPS / PPS connection - customized serial wire with a PPS signal
Anyone using PFSense as a firewall?
2 - VPN - IPSec configuration (will be adding an Open configuration)
PFSense VPN Easy Peasy way
3 - UPS via NUT services plugin
PFSense UPS connectivity / NUT service
4 - Squid and ClamAV services *[1]
5 - Snort *[2]  It worked so well with my initial testing I couldn't browse to any sites.
*[1] = enabled but not documented yet in a blog
*[2] = enabled but not documented yet in a blog
I always had a UPS connected to the PFSense firewall but never managed the connection via PFSense.
Today connected the RJ-10 to USB cable to PFSense and installed NUT.
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It took five minutes to get it running.
Dashboard monitoring enabled and this is what is seen on the PFSense Dashboard.
PFSense Nut

Hardware used is an APC Back-UPS NS 1250 and an RJ-10 to USB cable to the PFSense box.
Here have a hodgepodge of APC, Cyberpower, Triplite and generic UPS's.
Steps that I did here to install the NUT package and UPS management.
1 - power down PFSense and connect power and USB cable to UPS
2 - Go to PFSense available packages and install NUT.
PFSense NUT install step 1

3 - Configure PFSense NUT - GUI ==> Services == NUT settings

It is disabled by default.
NUT settings 1

NUT settings 2

4 - Save your stuff clicking on changes

NUT settings 3

5 - you may see an error - restart it and the error should go away if you have configured the right UPS and cable.
6 - Status will appear by the services tab and you can configure your dashboard to see the UPS status.


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