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5. Configuration
5.1. System Mode and User Mode
In order to restrict access to sensitive command functions, the IPS features
two operating modes; System Mode and User Mode.
System Mode: Allows access to all configuration menus, switching
functions and status screens. The System Mode Status Screens show
On/Off conditions for all switched outlets, and list all currently defined
system parameters.
User Mode: Allows access to On/Off/Boot commands, but does
not allow access to configuration functions. Users may only issue
commands to, or view status of the plugs that are specifically allowed
by their password.
The IPS will display a password prompt when the unit is contacted via
the Console 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 is entered, the System Mode will be active. If a Plug
Password is entered, the User Mode will be active. The System Password
is defined via the General Parameters menu (Section 5.3.1), and the Plug
Passwords are defined via the Plug Parameters Menus (Section 5.3.3.)
Notes:
If you wish to restrict access to configuration menus, you must
define the System Password.
If the System Password is not defined, the IPS will always start-
up in System Mode.
If the System Password is not defined, the Password Prompt will
not be displayed when you access the IPS via the Text Interface.
The prompt will always be displayed when the IPS is contacted
via the Web Browser Interface.
When the IPS is contacted via Network, the password prompt
will also include a field for the user name. If you have not
defined a user name, then you may leave this field blank, and
only the password is required to gain access to the unit. The user
name prompt is not displayed when the unit is contacted via the
Text Interface.
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