A Watchdog board that monitors a PC for hardware/software lock-ups via serial port activity.
The Internal Serial PC watchdog is a small circuit board that mounts inside the PC and monitors a PC for hardware/software lock-ups. It provides a solution to reboot PC file servers, telecom, security, kiosk, video surveillance, digital signage and industrial systems that occasionally lock up but must be available on a continuous basis. Increase your system availabilty and protect against unexpected downtime or blue screens (BSOD).
The Serial PC Watchdog timer ships with utility programs for control & "tickling" of the board. Sample source code and libraries are also provided in Visual "C" and Visual Basic to allow users to write their own applications to configure or "tickle" the board. Use the CD image download below to see the samples provided along with all the programmer's documentation. The Serial PC Watchdog works with Win 2K XP Vista Win7 Win 8 Server2003 Server2008 (32 & 64 Bit Versions on all). It also has LINUX support.
This device has been tested with USB to Serial devices based on the FTDI and the Prolific chip. It should work fine with other versions also. The board does ship with a 6 foot DB-9M to DB-9F cable.
The Internal Serial PC Watchdog ships with the following:
- This link is for the latest version of the Internal Serial Hardware Manual.
Internal Serial PC Watchdog PDF Manual
- This link is for the latest version of the Universal DLL Programmer's Manual which describes all the functions provided in the DLL for users who write their own application programs.
Universal DLL PDF Programmer's Manual
- This link is for the current version of the distribution CD that contains all the manuals, programs, drivers, and the sample software. This includes the sample "C" and VB.net code for those users who wish to write their own aps or want to incorporate watchdog support into their existing software.
Distribution CD Image File (ZIP File)
PC Watchdog® - is a registered trademark of Berkshire Products, Inc.
|Bus Type||Serial RS-232|
|Bracket Type||PC Standard|
|Power||+5V - 100mA max|
|Aux Relays||1 SPST (1 form a) 24V - 0.5A max|
|External Trigger Input||N/A|