Using an Eaton 3S 850 UPS with Unraid
For anyone in the market for an Unraid-compatible UPS...
Power outages are frequent where I live, especially as the storm season approaches. After reviving my home NAS, I decided it was time to protect my investment with a UPS.
I wanted to get an Eaton power supply, since I have had good experiences with them in the past. However, my NAS runs Unraid, and I had heard a lot of reports online that Eaton devices aren't compatible—at least, not without installing a third-party plugin. On the other hand, APC and CyberPower were well-supported and highly recommended.
After some research, I found that the Eaton 3S 850 UPS supports a HID-compliant USB interface. This is the same kind of interface as the APC devices I had seen recommended, so I decided to take a shot and order it. After connecting it to my NAS and enabling it in the Unraid UPS settings, it worked flawlessly. Quick testing showed that Unraid was able to detect a mains power outage (simulated by yanking the UPS power cord out), and perform a graceful shutdown.
So if you're looking for a UPS for Unraid, some Eaton devices certainly do work out-of-the-box.
My UPS settings in Unraid:
- Start APC UPS daemon: Yes
- UPS cable: USB
- Custom UPS cable: (blank)
- UPS type: USB
- Device: (blank)