Help with getting APC Powerchute working with pfSense

  • Hi...

    Been running pfSense successfully for about a year now. The only issue I have had was a corruption issue when the power went out.

    I now have an older APC 3000XLM UPS unit with a network monitoring card that I picked up and refurbished. The unit works well as does the powerchute software on my windows based PCs connected to it.

    I thought perhaps I might be smart about things and try to figure out how to get the Linux version of Powerchute working on my pfSense box.

    Unfortunately I am completely lost at the command line on pfSense. I tried following some instructions I found online for freeBSD to mount my USB thumb drive and nothing works. So I hit the wall pretty early! :(

    So, would someone be willing to help me out? I need to figure out how to get my thumb drive mounted so I can put the installation package on the box, then figure out how to uncompress it and run it.

    Thank you!

    P.S. I did read about apcupsd but from my understanding it only supports a direct wired connection to the UPS. I need a daemon that will register and connected with the management card in the UPS. Unless I missed something?

  • Hey thanks for the quick reply and info.

    Guess I missed that in TFM.

  • Netgate Administrator

    Yeah, you should be able to use the pfSense apcupsd package by selecting 'pcnet' as the ups type.


  • @stephenw10 said in Help with getting APC Powerchute working with pfSense:

    Yeah, you should be able to use the pfSense apcupsd package by selecting 'pcnet' as the ups type.


    Hi Steve..

    Thank you for that. I did not think to look at the Package Manager to see if apcupsd was an available package.

    Now that I have done that and installed the package it's time to figure out how to configure it. Thanks for the info.

  • Looks like it is working! :)

    Thank you for the help!

    Running: apcaccess -h

    APC : 001,050,1138
    DATE : 2018-11-14 07:57:21 -0800
    HOSTNAME : pfSense.grip.local
    VERSION : 3.14.14 (31 May 2016) freebsd
    UPSNAME : Grip_APC
    CABLE : Ethernet Link
    UPSMODE : Stand Alone
    STARTTIME: 2018-11-14 07:57:20 -0800
    MODEL : Smart-UPS 3000 XLM
    LINEV : 115.2 Volts
    LOADPCT : 34.4 Percent
    BCHARGE : 100.0 Percent
    TIMELEFT : 5.0 Minutes
    MBATTCHG : 40 Percent
    MINTIMEL : 3 Minutes
    MAXTIME : 0 Seconds
    MAXLINEV : 120.2 Volts
    MINLINEV : 114.4 Volts
    OUTPUTV : 115.2 Volts
    SENSE : High
    DWAKE : 60 Seconds
    DSHUTD : 90 Seconds
    DLOWBATT : 2 Minutes
    LOTRANS : 106.0 Volts
    HITRANS : 127.0 Volts
    RETPCT : 0.0 Percent
    ITEMP : 29.7 C
    ALARMDEL : 5 Seconds
    BATTV : 54.8 Volts
    LINEFREQ : 60.0 Hz
    LASTXFER : Line voltage notch or spike
    NUMXFERS : 0
    TONBATT : 0 Seconds
    CUMONBATT: 0 Seconds
    STESTI : 168
    STATFLAG : 0x05000008
    REG1 : 0x00
    REG2 : 0x00
    REG3 : 0x00
    MANDATE : 10/04/07
    BATTDATE : 11/13/18
    NOMOUTV : 120 Volts
    NOMBATTV : 48.0 Volts
    EXTBATTS : 0
    FIRMWARE : 715.3.D
    END APC : 2018-11-14 08:09:59 -0800

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