You'll remember that I'm big on TESTING my data backups.
I had an opportunity recently to TEST another of my backup systems - POWER.
My electricity provider, Entergy, is migrating their customers to their "advanced meters."
Since my utility connection doesn't have a bypass switch, the installer had to disconnect power to the entire house.
I couldn't have asked for better communication from the installer. He knocked on my front door and told me what he wanted to do. He offered me the opportunity to reschedule or do it now.
I was expecting the installation so I asked him for a few minutes to shut down some of my equipment.
I have UPSs (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) on my most critical systems but I really never had tested them.
Just to be extra safe I powered down my 2 desktop systems and gave him the thumbs up.
It took him 8 seconds to swap the meter.
My UPSs worked great. I heard a couple of beeps but everything kept working. The Wi-Fi and the WAN never went down. We turned the TV off but the TiVo kept chugging along. The Ring doorbell ran off its internal battery. The Insteon network came back with the house power. The Echos reconnected automatically. I have my Netbox system BIOS set to automatically power on which it did.
Test your UPSs some time.