Automatic Ring Rebooter Plus


Adds daisy chaining (up to 10 units) and serial port control to the Basic ARR. Also compatible with FREE Automatic Rebooting Software to provide the most economical method of achieving automatic rebooting.




  • Ring Count Trigger

  • Local Serial Port Control

  • Serial Port Programming Delay Settings

  • Compatible with CPS Remote Access Controllers

  • Economical Internal Touch Tone Control Option "ITTO"

  • Daisy Chain up to 10 Units (150 amps)

  • Hefty Surge Protection for AC & TelCo connections

  • Compatible with "Auto Ping" and "Heartbeat" Automatic RESET software

The Automatic Ring Rebooter + "ARR+" is part of the Intelligent AC power strip family. It is an upgraded version of the basic ARR. The ARR is a stand-alone device that was originally built in 1998 as an economical method to recycle the AC power on modems that were hung and would not answer in six rings. However since then, it has been applied to DSL modems where the ring triggers are intentionally generated using the POTS frequency of the DSL. It has also evolved to fill many other applications where economical remote AC power control is required.

The ARR simply monitors the phone line and counts the number of rings. If the answering device fails to answer in the specified number of rings (Ring count trigger), the AC power will be disconnected for 8 seconds then reconnected on all of the "Controlled" AC Jacks.

The number of "Controlled AC Jacks" (2, 4 or all 6) is specified at the time or order. The "Normal" or non-controlled jacks act like normal "always ON" jacks on a power strip. Possibly eliminating the need for redundant equipment.

The ARR+ has all of the features of the previous ARR. It looks the same, acts the same and cost the same. However the ARR+ adds a serial port and compatibility with the Automatic RESET software packages, Auto Ping and Heartbeat.

Serial Port Control and Programming
It also provides serial port control for simple AC Power Commands as well as for Setup and Setup Inquiry. All that is required is a small RJ Serial Port Filtered Adapter connected to the serial port of a Windows base PC.

This allows the local PC to send power ON/OFF/RESET commands from an imbedded program or through a TELNET/network connection. The Ring Count Trigger, Reset Duration, Repetitive Delays and Device Address can also be set through the serial port.

Daisy Chain
For larger requirements, the RJ-11 "Control Ports" of up to ten ARR+ units can be "daisy chained" together. Any of the units can then be individually accessed from one "Control Source" (PC, ITTO or External Controller) or controlled with a single Global Command.

A telephone or any analog answering device may be connected to the "Phone Port" on the last unit to share the phone line when using a CPS Telephone Line Controller. The ARR+ may also be included in any "daisy chain" along with other CPS addressable "Base Units".

AC Power Considerations
Each ARR+ is rated at 110-125V 15 Amps. A ten unit Daisy Chain could support 150 Amps or 16,500 Watts. Consequently, Global Power ON Commands have an inherent delay to prevent power up surges on your AC circuits. Each power strip also has a high-level surge protector on both the AC outlets and the control ports.

Simple AC Power Command Examples
A typical serial port command to RESET POWER on Box #2 in a daisy chain is:


Where "*" is the attention code, "2" is the box address, "0" is the default for ALL of the Controlled Outlet Pairs and "3" is the "AC Power Action Command" for RESET (ON-OFF-RESET)

A typical Wild Card Command to RESET POWER on ALL UNITS in a "daisy chain" is:


Where "*" is the attention code, "#" is the wild card for all of the units in the chain, "0" is the default for ALL of the Controlled Outlet Pairs and "3" is the "AC Power Action Command"

Note that these commands can also be entered remotely through any of the Remote Controllers described below.

Remote Controllers:
These are used to control the ARR+ from remote locations.

Internal Touch Tone Control Option "ITTO"

This economical option allows direct control (ON/OFF/RESET) of the ARR+ from any Touch-Tone keypad (land phone, cell or modem). It also provides multi-level password and status inquiry as to the setup and AC power state. The responses are in the form of "Beeps" (long beep = OFF Short = ON). Previously an External TelCo Controller was required.

ITTO can also share the line with other devices (phone, fax, TAD, but no inbound modems). It also allows some of the set up preferences to be changed remotely as well. The commands may also be appended to a modem's AT dial string for more automated entry, even though there is no modem at the ARR end. Multiple ITTOs/ARRs with different passwords may also be connected to the same phone line.

Optional External Remote Controllers

Touch-Tone Controller, use with inbound modems or when controlling a daisy chain of power strips.

Multi-Port Controller, use this when you want to connect several ARR+'s in multiple daisy chains (3 or 8 port models), with touch tones.

IP Controller, use for remote control over the Internet or any IP network.

Free Software
Serial Net allows the serial Control Commands to be sent to the "control PC/server" at remote location over a TCP/IP network.

Auto Ping software program may also be run on the local Windows based PC to automatically send RESET commands to the appropriate power strip/outlet resulting from a failed return ping. It can ping other IP's at the Power Strip site or ping "out" through a router and modem (controlled devices). Normally used to RESET locked up network equipment.

Heartbeat is normally used to automatically RESET servers that may hang from time to time. It connects to the serial port of the server and resets the server if it fails to send a periodic heartbeat from its serial port. A DLL is also available to incorporate into your application.

Q. Since the ARR+ can be daisy chained, why would I need a 3 Port TelCo Controller (3P-RRC)?
A. It minimizes the requirement, but it could be used if you wanted to have three separate daisy chains. Or you could put your old ARRs on one or two of the ports and start a new daisy chain on another port.

Q. Why would I want three ARR+ 2x4s instead of one 6x0, if I were going to reset all of them anyway?
A. Primarily to split up the load if it exceeds 15 Amps. Additionally you could address each of them separately, but the Controlled AC Power Strip would be a better option to meet that objective if you would not need to split up the load.

Q. Do you have an international 220V version?
A. Not at this time. See the IPN or IPC .

Q. Will my current N-RRC "IP Network Controller" work with the ARR+?
A. Yes, and now you can get more out of it. If you already have a daisy chain with other addressable devices, you can simply add the ARR+ to it.

Q. Do I need to send a separate command for each ARR+?
A. Normally that is the case, but you can also use a wild card for the device addresses. Or you could make all of the addresses the same, or group them. There are a lot of games that you can play.

Q. When using a TelCo line controller, can I control the startup sequence of different devices with one phone call?
A. When using a single command with a wild card, there is a programmable power ON delay between various units in a daisy chain of up to 18 seconds. It is multiple of the box address (0-9). You could also play with the "Reset OFF Time delay". It could be up to 90 seconds. In other words when you do a wild card RESET on multiple power strips, one may resume power in 5 seconds and the other in up to 90 seconds.


110-125VAC at 15 AMPS.
Three stage surge protection at 560 Joules (36,000 amps)+ EMI/RFI filtration.
Operating temperatures 0 to 70C.
Mechanical Relay duty cycle 20 million operations at 18,000 operations per hour
Electrical is 300,000.
Relay operating temperature is (-25 to 70 C).

2 Controlled and 4 "Normal" Outlets
Item No SWTARR-P-2x4

4 Controlled and 2 "Normal" Outlets
Item No SWTARR-P-4x2

6 Controlled Outlets
Item No SWTARR-P-6x0

2 Controlled and 4 "Normal" Outlets

4 Controlled and 2 "Normal" Outlets

6 Controlled Outlets

Physical 12" W x 2.5" D x 1.5" H, 2 lbs.
Connectors (2) RJ-11 TelCo/Control,
(6) AC Receptacles
LEDs (1) Surge Protection
Switches (1) Main Toggle On/Off
Bell (1) Audible Response
Cable (1) 7' RJ-11 Phone Cable
Adaptor None
AC Power 115V/60Hz, 15 Amps

NOTE: For 220V/50Hz, see the IPC.