the power network

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The computers and video monitors are connected to the room's power supply. I bought power network things such as cables and extension leads, labelled them and plugged everything in.

I have so far picked a building, prepared a room and powered it. I created a rack and placed the computers on it. The next step after powering the computers is to connect the computers to the data network.

what it is

There are few types of thing in the LIC power network. Mains power (the flow of electrons that makes all this stuff go) follows this route to get from the national power grid to the computers.

  1. wall sockets, consumer unit and cables. These were installed by the electrician when he powered the room.
  2. mains extension leads, AKA (Also Known As) distribution boards, power strips and 6 gang sockets. These are my PDUs.
  3. kettle leads, AKA IEC cables. These go from the distribution boards to the computers. One end is a BS1363 domestic AC power plug containing a 3 amp fuse. The other end is a IEC-320 type C13 connector (a computer has an IEC-320 type C14 inlet). The BS (British Standard) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) labels are standards for electrical stuff.
LIC topography: power network things
IEC cables extension leads wall sockets

PDUs (Power Distribution Units)

The power network contains six PDUs (Power Distribution Units). Each one adds six AC power sockets to a shelf of the rack.

LIC topography: power network
  pdu01                       pdu02                       pdu03