4. Start-Up / Configuration
4.1. System Mode and User Mode
In order to restrict access to sensitive command functions, the NPS features two separate
operating modes; System Mode and User Mode.
The System Mode allows access to all configuration menus, command functions and status
screens. When the System Mode is active, Boot/On/Off commands can be directed to any of
the eight switched outlets. The System Mode Status Screen shows On/Off conditions for all
eight switched outlets, and lists currently defined system parameters.
The User Mode allows limited access to command functions and status screens; users are not
allowed to access configuration menus. When the User Mode is active, Boot/On/Off
commands can only be directed to the specific outlets that are "owned" by that individual user.
Outlets owned by other users cannot be switched. The User Mode Status Screen only shows
conditions at the outlets owned by the user; system parameters are not displayed.
When properly configured, the NPS will display a password prompt when the unit is contacted
via the Console Port, Modem Port or Network Port. The password entered at this prompt
determines whether the unit will start-up in System Mode or User Mode. If the System
Password (defined via the General Parameters menu) is entered, the System Mode will be
active. If the User Password (defined via the Plug Configuration Menus) is entered, the User
Mode will be active.
If the System Password is not defined, the NPS will not display the password prompt, and will
always start-up in System Mode. Once the System Password has been defined, individual users
can be granted access to specific outlets by assigning passwords to each plug as described in
Section 4.5.
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