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Rack PDU 2G (AP8XXX) Network Port Sharing Information


General information regarding the Network Port Sharing (NPS) Capability of AP8XXX Rack PDU models

Product Line
  • Rack Power Distribution
    • AP8XXX Rack PDU series only

  • v5.1.6 rpdu2g or higher (except where noted)
  • All serial numbers
  • Users interested in Network Port Sharing (giving the ability to share one IP address via one network connection)


General information


Refer to the detailed information sections below.

About the Network Port Sharing Feature

You can use the Network Port Sharing feature to view the status of and configure and manage up to four Rack PDUs using only one network connection. This is made possible by connecting the Rack PDUs via the "In" and "Out" ports on the Rack PDU front panel.

Note: All Rack PDUs in the group must be using the same Rack PDU firmware revision, 5.1.6 or later (excluding v6.0.5 EnergyWise), in order to support the Network Port Sharing Feature. v6.1.0 and higher is also available which supports this functionality while adding the functionality of v6.X.X AOS.

Display ID

The display ID is a number, 1 to 4, used to uniquely identify the Rack PDUs in a group. After two or more Rack PDUs are connected to one another in a group, they can be identified on the various interfaces by the use of this "Display ID". This Display ID is viewable on the LCD by selecting the Display Settings > Display ID > Show option on the LCD keypad.

Installation Instructions

Connect up to four Rack PDUs. Insert an RJ45 terminator (included) in the unused IN/OUT ports on each end of the chain.
  • If your AP88XX or AP89XX series Rack PDU was manufactured prior to December 2012, terminators are available from APC. Please contact your local technical support team to obtain these. You'll need two terminators per Network Port Sharing group. Please reference part number 0J-0W05545A which includes qty 2 terminators and provide detail on how many Network Port Sharing groups you plan to have.
  • If your AP88XX or AP89XX series Rack PDU was manufactured after December 2012, low profile terminators have been pre-installed for you in either the IN or OUT port already. These can be hard to miss so please verify. Once your group is ready, you can relocate the terminators to the beginning and end of the chain.
  • AP84XX and AP86XX series Rack PDUs require terminators to function in standalone installations. They have always included a terminator since release. Originally, AP86XX included a larger terminator, taped to their LCD display. In December, 2012, they were also modifed to include a lower profile terminator pre-installed. AP84XX was released in 2014 and all serial numbers will include a pre-installed low profile terminator.

Note: Failure to use APC provided terminators (part number 0W4161A or lower profile version 0W05545A) may cause a loss of communication on the Rack PDUs. This is not supported nor will it likely work properly.

Note: To reduce the possibility of communication issues, the maximum total length of cabling connecting Rack PDUs in a group should not exceed 10 meters.

All Rack PDUs in a Network Port Sharing group should reside in the same rack enclosure. Connect the "Network" port of one of the grouped Rack PDUs to a network hub or switch. This unit will be the "Host" for the Rack PDU group. A Host is defined as a Rack PDU that is connected to the network and is part of a Rack PDU group. Set up network functionality for this Host Rack PDU as specified in the Establish Network Settings section. The Host will automatically discover any "Guest" PDUs connected via In/Out ports. The Rack PDU group is now available via the Host's IP address.

Follow the instructions below before powering up any of the Rack PDUs in the group. If it is desired to have a specific assignment of Display IDs, this can be achieved by powering up the units for the first time in the desired order, 1 to 4. For example, before powering up any of the Rack PDUs connected in a group, determine the Display ID order that you would like. Then, first power up the unit that you would like to have Display ID 1. After that unit has initialized and the LCD has started displaying its screens, power on the unit that you would like to have Display ID 2. Continue in the same way for units 3 and 4, if applicable for your setup.

Note: The Display ID can be configured from the the web interface via the "Device Manager > Load Management > device load > Display ID" field.

Network Port Sharing and CLI Commands

The Command Line Interface allows commands to be sent to guest Rack PDUs. The user may specify the Display ID of the Rack PDU to be commanded, followed by a colon, before the first argument (or as the first argument, if the command does not normally have arguments). Providing a Display ID is optional, omitting it will simply command the local Rack PDU.

Syntax: <command> <id>:<arg1> <arg2>

This will send <command> to the Rack PDU with the Display ID <id>. <id> is delimited from <arg1> with a colon character; do not include any spaces between <id>:<arg1>, as spaces are used to delimit arguments.

Example: To view the power for phase 2 on guest Rack PDU 3, type:

apc> phReading 3:2 power
E000: Success
2: 40 W

Network Port Sharing and the Web Interface

Group Control using Network Port Sharing

The web interface of the Rack PDU will have additional capabilities if the Rack PDU is part of a group. These capabilities are only displayed if the Rack PDU is part of a group. This includes a "Group Status" page, and the ability to select which Rack PDU to view data from. The Group Status page lists basic information for the Host Rack PDU and any connected guests. Guests are denoted using a Rack PDU icon and the Display ID. Information on the Group Status page includes name, location, contact, basic model properties, firmware revision information, and group communication status of each Rack PDU. In addition, the Group Status page allows the user to remove any Rack PDUs that have been removed from the group and are in a lost communication state.

v5.1.6 rpdu2g interface (Home->Group Status)

v6.1.0 and higher interface (Status->RPDU->Group)

Most of the web pages under the navigation menus in the web allow you to switch between Rack PDUs for viewing status and configuration/control. This switching is accomplished by selecting the Rack PDU Display ID of the unit you would like to view. This is located at the top right of each table that supports multiple Rack PDUs. The Host Rack PDU that you are logged into is always denoted with an asterisk (*) following the Display ID.

v5.1.6 web interface

v6.1.0 and higher web interface

Note: The Reset/Reboot web page has many additional reset/reboot options for Rack PDU groups.These include individual Rack PDU reset to defaults, individual Rack PDU rebooting, and clearing of guest PDU lost communication alarms by removing the guests from the group.

Network Port Sharing and Outlet Groups/Outlet Users

To create an outlet group, you must enable the desired group method. Choices are Disabled, Local Only, Enabled via Network, and Enabled via In/Out Ports (Network Port Sharing).

All of the Rac