APC AP9211 + AP9606 - Initial Setup. [TESTED]

In this post I’m going to show how to do initial configuration of APC Switched Rack PDU - “APC MasterSwitchAP9211 with optional AP9606 (Web/SNMP Management SmartSlot Card). AP9606 is one of the 1st generation of APC Management Cards.

Nowadays, “APC MasterSwitch” is the cheapest option of Switched PDU for Home Lab because of two reasons:

• The price is less than $100.
• Doesn’t need any additional cables, can be connected to ordinary NEMA 5-15R outlet.

Hardware Specification

• Input: 100V NEMA 5-15P
• Output: (8) 100V NEMA 5-15R

Reset to Default

According to the Installation and Quick Start Manual, the fastest way to configure it is:

• Configure local COM port as 2400-8-N-1 (for 2400 bps, 8 data bits, no parity,1 stop bit, and no flow control), connect to the Serial Port and power on the device.
• Press ENTER to get login prompt. You will get 30 seconds to login. If timeout is expired, you see the message “You are now in passthru mode.” and you can poweroff/poweron the device or just press Reset button on NMC card.
• Login using default login/pass - apc/apc:

User Name : apc
Password  : ***

American Power Conversion               Web/SNMP Management Card AOS     v3.0.3
(c) Copyright 2000 All Rights Reserved  MasterSwitch APP                 v2.2.0
Name      : Unknown                     Date    : 01/02/2015
Contact   : Unknown                     Time    : 19:10:25
Location  : Unknown                     Up Time : 0 Days 0 Hours 6 Minutes
Status    : P+ N+ A+                    User    : Administrator

MasterSwitch : Serial Communication Established

------- Control Console -------------------------------------------------------

     1- Device Manager
     2- Network
     3- System
     4- Logout

     - Main Menu, - Refresh, - Event Log

• Reset all config to default: 3-System > 5-Tools > 2-Reset to Defaults > YES > -Back > -Back > -Main Menu > NMC will reboot.
• Wait until boot process is finished and press ENTER to get login prompt.
• Login using default login/pass - apc/apc and configure Network parameters: 2-Network > 1-TCP/IP > and so on and so forth...
• Connect to a network and login to HTTP Web GUI as apc/apc.

Firmware Upgrade

Officially, the latest version of firmware is located here.

• aos303.bin
• ms220.bin

But here you can find newer version:

• aos309a.bin
• ms225a.bin

To upgrade you have to upload files one by one via ftp in binary mode:

Connected to
User ( apc
Password: apc
ftp> bin
ftp> put aos309a.bin

150 Opening data connection for aos309a.bin
250 Requested file action okay, completed. System Restarting...
ftp: 327680 bytes sent in 10.06Seconds 32.56Kbytes/sec.
ftp> bye

User ( apc
Password: apc
ftp> bin
ftp> put ms225a.bin

150 Opening data connection for ms225a.bin
250 Requested file action okay, completed. System Restarting...
ftp: 458752 bytes sent in 9.34Seconds 49.13Kbytes/sec.
ftp> bye



In comparison with AP7901 it has poor Web interface, but it has minimal functionality - Remote Outlet Control. So, it's still OK for Home Lab.

P.S. I think you can try to upload newer version of AOS (APC Operating System) to get newer Web GUI version like AP7901 has...

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