The power went out around 8:10 am (I will have to check my logs for the correct time). My Wireless network is and FIOS are still up and running thanks to my 3 APC BACK-UPS ES-350 bricks I have my network equipment attached to (my setup). This will be a good test of my setup and how FIOS handles power outages.
My XPS 720 attached to an APC RS 1300 LCD shutdown in an orderly fashion after it determined that it only had 5 minutes of power.
It is now 8:35AM (25 minutes), I will update this thread periodically.
Update: The power was out for a little over 1 hour, the power was restored for about 5 minutes about 40 minutes into the outage. I never lost access to the Internet or my land line both on FIOS, I did find a couple of minor issues in my setup:
- 2 of my BACK-UPS ES-350 were beeping. I need to load up the APC software on my laptop and plug into the units to shutoff all alerts. It is too bad you can't shut off the beeping directly on the unit.
- It looks like the XPS 720 is set by default to hibernate rather than shut off when instructed to shut off by the UPS. A nice feature, but during the 5 minute power restore the system did not come out of hibernate correctly. I was told by Dell tech support on a earlier call about a USB issue, that they had issues with sleep mode and USB devices which is fixed in Vista SP1. Maybe this is related (further investigation required).
- The Thecus SATA hard drive array attached to my Directv HR20-700 DVR did not turn back on after the power was restored.The DVR rebooted from the internal hard drive. This situation would not be good if I was away since my To Do list on the internal drive is empty (you can only one drive, internal or external). I am sure this is by design to protect the disk array, however I need to investigate potential solutions.
It looks like the outage affected about 73,000 homes in Northern, no word on what caused it.
The key point to this test was that I never lost FIOS, I wonder how folks did with Comcast...