4. Start-Up / Configuration
4.1. System Mode and User Mode
In order to restrict access to sensitive command functions, the TPS 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 either of the two switched
outlets. The System Mode Status Screen shows On/Off conditions for both 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 outlet(s) that are allowed by the User Password that was entered at login. If a different
User Password is assigned to each TPS outlet, then a user who accesses the TPS using the password for
Plug 1 is not allowed to boot or switch Plug 2. On the other hand, if the same User Password is assigned
to both TPS outlets, then that user will be able to direct commands to both plugs. The User Mode Status
Screen only shows conditions at the outlet(s) allowed by the User Password; system parameters are not
When properly configured, the TPS 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 TPS 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 by assigning passwords to the TPS's two switched plugs as described in Section 4.5.