This is a small circuit card that mounts inside the PC and monitors a PC for hardware/software lock-ups or computer malfunctions.
The USB PC Watchdog 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 USB 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 USB PC Watchdog works with Win 2K XP Vista Win7 Win 8 Server2003 Server2008 (32 & 64 Bit Versions on all). It also has LINUX support.
There is also a 4-Pin internal header behind the regular USB connector and an additional mounting hole. This allows it to be installed inside a PC and make a connection to the internal header on the motherboard. If the bracket is removed there are three mounting holes available. The board is so small and light that could also be secured inside the PC with double sided velcro tape. There is a mechanical drawing for the mounting holes available on the CD image download. The board is available with an external 15" (380mm) USB A-B cable to connect to the ATX back panel on a PC. It is also available with a 22 inch (558mm) cable for an internal connection to a PC motherboard header.
The USB PC Watchdog ships with the following:
- This link is for the latest version of the USB Hardware Manual.
USB 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||USB 1.1|
|Bracket Type||Standard PC|
|Power||+5V - USB Supplied - 100mA max|
|Digital Input||1 General Purpose - 5V max|
|Aux Relays||1 SPST (1 form a) 24V - 0.5A max|
|External Trigger Input||1 External Trigger - 5V max (Shared with Digital Input)|