Web Controlled Power Strip using Arduino Yun and Yaler

With Data becoming a major Asset in the Internet generation, it has been stored at locations called Data Centers. Managing the equipments which hold the Data is simple as they are accessible over the Internet. If you are aware of how electronic peripherals work esp. related to computers, you will know that every once in a while they malfunction and need to be rebooted. The problem is that in most cases these devices don’t respond so rebooting them in a conventional way is not possible. The only way to restart them would be power cycling the device. This would not be much problem if you have a manned Data Center or you have remote hands and eyes support. The problem is when you have a malfunctioning equipment at a place where there is no one to look after it. At such times, an IP PDU (Internet Protocol Power Distribution Unit) can be very helpful. This is a Power Strip which you can control over the Internet to power cycle devices plugged into it. In this article, we will look into how to use an Arduino YUN to make an IP PDU aka IP Power strip aka IP Power extension. The reason I am making this is because with Arduino YUN “I have got the Power”.

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Web Controlled Table Lamp using Arduino Yun and Yaler

Anyone reading the title will definitely wonder why a Table Lamp would ever need to be switched On or Off via the Internet. Well, until unless there is something so special with a Lamp being On or Off, there is no reason for a Lamp to be controlled via the Internet. The logic here is that if you can control a Lamp over the Internet, why not any other Electrical appliance? You can control your home cooling or heating, you can control home lighting when you are on vacation (to simulate that the house is still occupied), you can check whether you have kept an Iron switched On or not, etc. According to me, the biggest product Arduino has come out with is the Yun. It is like the controller meant for Internet of Things. Just add a relay to it and you can control any Electrical Appliance over the Internet. Continue reading