PowerBOX 3Px | NETIO products: Smart power sockets controlled over LAN and WiFi

NETIO PowerBOX 3Px is a professional electrical socket device with 3 outputs and LAN connectivity. Each output socket can be separately switched on or off over the web interface. Integration into third-party systems using various protocols (JSON, Modbus/TCP, SNMP, MQTT-flex, Telnet, ...) is easy thanks to the open API. With the NETIO Cloud service, the outputs can be controlled from anywhere. The NETIO Cloud service, provided for a fee, uses SSL security and servers in Europe.

NETIO PowerBOX 3Px can be configured with a web browser (allows output control, connection to NETIO Cloud, Open API communication settings, etc.).

PowerBOX 3Px is a smart IoT LAN power socket in the form of an extension cable. A RJ45 Ethernet cable is used to connect to the LAN.

 

Professional product

NETIO PowerBOX 3Px is suitable for industrial applications. The product works in a wide temperature range (–20°C to +65°C), supports firmware upgrades over the web, remembers the last socket states before being powered off, and its relays switch at zero voltage.

 

Typical applications

  1. Each electrical socket can be separately switched on or off from the product’s web interface.
  2. The outputs can be controlled with an Open API (JSON, Modbus/TCP, SNMP, MQTT-flex, Telnet, ...)
  3. The device can work with various third-party programs and applications (NETIO Drivers).
  4. The power sockets can be controlled using the NETIO Mobile 2 app (Android), as long as the app is connected to the same network.
  5. The power sockets device can be connected to the NETIO Cloud service (for a fee).

 

Open API: Supported M2M protocols

The open API can use one protocol at a time, chosen from among the supported M2M protocols:

  • Modbus/TCP      AN27, AN22, AN37
  • MQTT-flex          AN40
  • Telnet                 AN10
  • http URL API     AN19, AN29
  • http JSON          AN21, AN30, AN42
  • http XML            AN20, AN31
  • SNMP v1          AN11, AN41

Regardless of the Open API used, the PowerBOX 3Px can be always controlled from its web interface and from the NETIO Cloud service. The customer may use one Open API protocol and the NETIO Cloud service simultaneously.

 

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Applications:

  • IT infrastructure: Remote restart
  • AV equipment: Multimedia equipment switched on/off from a central system or a multimedia control panel
  • Lighting: Controlling additional lighting from a central system
  • Conferencing rooms: Powering off unused equipment
  • Digital signage or AV (Audio Video): NETIO supports drivers for most systems – NETIO Drivers.


>> NETIO usage examples

 

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PowerBOX 3Px  (3PF / 3PE / 3PG)

“3Px” is an overall designation of products with 3 different types of electrical sockets offered by the NETIO products company.

When ordering, please choose one of these three types:

  • PowerBOX 3PF
    DE (Type F – Schuko) socket is used in most of the continental Europe and can be used in Russia.
  • PowerBOX 3PE
    FR (Type E) socket with an earth pin is needed in France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
  • PowerBOX 3PG
    UK
    (Type G) socket and plug for the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries.

 

NETIO Cloud

This product can be connected to the NETIO Cloud service (100 outputs can be controlled from 1 web screen). NETIO Cloud is an ideal solution for remote control and restarting.
The paid NETIO Cloud service is operated by NETIO products a.s. as a support for manufactured equipment.

  • All products manufactured by NETIO products can be connected to NETIO Cloud.
  • The user can control connected devices securely via the web from anywhere (HTTPs).
  • The first 3 years are free connection to the service thanks to the "Welcome credit".
  • NETIO Cloud can be used in parallel with other Open API protocols.
  • Secure device communication to the Cloud service (port 8883 - MQTTs - TLS)
  • NETIO Cloud has its own Open API, which can be used to control all devices in a specific user account (MQTTS protocol).

>> More about NETIO Cloud service

 

Industrial product quality

NETIO sockets are made with quality in mind. Each unit includes a set of supporting functions to ensure reliability and long service life of the product in real-life conditions.

  • Open M2M API
  • Wide operating temperature range (–20°C to +65°C)
  • PowerUp state – defined output state after power-up
  • PowerUp delay (outputs switched on after a delay)
  • Firmware upgradeable over the web, backwards compatibility
  • IOC – Independent Output Control
  • ZVS – Zero Voltage Switching

 

ZVS (Zero Voltage Switching)

An important feature of the NETIO PowerBOX is ZVS (Zero Voltage Switching).

ZVS controls the exact time when the mechanical relay contacts close and open. The relay contacts switch the output on or off when the voltage crosses the zero level. 

  • In the long term, ZVS support reduces the product failure rate due to internal relay damage.
  • Since the relay switches when the sinusoidal voltage waveform crosses the zero level, negative effects of inrush current are significantly reduced.
  • The ZVS and PowerUp delay functions reduce the chance of circuit breakers tripping when power is restored after an outage.
  • ZVS extends the lifetime of connected equipment, especially in case of frequent on/off switching of devices that are not designed for that (such as switching power supplies).

>> Glossary: More about ZVS 

 

Power-Up state

User can define output state after power restoring - PowerUp state

For some applications, it is important to set the power socket state immediately after the device is powered on (or the power is restored after a failure). With some machines it is important to avoid momentary switch-on or switch-off. This parameter therefore defines the behavior of the 110/230V output power socket before the standard communication with a master system starts to work.

  • On
  • Off
  • LAST state restores the last state before the power was disconnected

>> Glossary: PowerUp state

 

Mobile app

Mobile app controlled power sockets

PowerBox 3Px can be controlled over the local network using the NETIO Mobile 2 app (for Android mobile devices).

  • The mobile app can be used to control several devices and all their outputs.
  • The mobile device must be connected to the same LAN (via WiFi).
  • NETIO Mobile2 can scan the LAN and discover connected devices. WiFi connection to the LAN is required.

 

NETIO Mobile 2 is not available for iOS users. We recommend using third-party apps:

 >> NETIO Mobile 2

General properties

 

  Ethernet
(LAN)
WiFi Power Out Smart
switching
ZCS / ZVS
Power
measurement
Serial port (RS-232) Lua scripty M2M APIs
NETIO 4All
(obsolete)
External Ant. (RSMA) 4x DE (type F - Schuko)
4x FR (Type E)
- - 13 protocols
NETIO 4
(obsolete)
Fixed Ant. 4x DE (type F - Schuko)
​4x FR (Type E)
- - - 13 protocols
NETIO PowerPDU 4C   - 4x IEC320 C13 ZCS 13 protocols
PowerBOX 3Px -

3PF - 3x DE (Type F - Schuko)
3PE - 3x FR (Type E)
3PG - 3x UK (Type G)

ZVS - - - XML, JSON, URL API,
Modbus / TCP, 
Telnet, MQTT - flex,
SNMPv1

 

 

Technical specifications

 

  • Lua support: No
  • Scheduler function: No (but planned)
  • IP WatchDog function: No (but planned)
  • Sending e-mails: No
  • Event log: Yes (web)
NETIO PowerBOX 3Px is easy to be installed to the wall using DIN rail
  • Power input: The “x” in the “3Px” model number specifies the plug type
  • Mechanical Power Switch: No
  • Power output: The “x” in the “3x” model number specifies the socket type (3 sockets)
  • Number of controlled outputs: 3
  • Electrical measurements: No
  • Number of metered outputs: 0
  • Available electrical socket versions:
    • Type F – DE schuko – PowerBOX 3PF (230V / 16A)
    • Type E – FR – PowerBOX 3PE (230V / 16A)
    • Type G – UK – PowerBOX 3PG (230V / 13A)
       
  • Internal consumption: 1-2 W

 

  • SPD – surge protection: Yes, type 3
  • Switching element: relay SPST-NO, ZVS
  • ZVS (Zero Voltage Switching): Yes
  • IOC (output state independent from FW updates): Yes
  • PowerUp state of outputs: On / Off / LAST state

 

  • Mechanical characteristics: Aluminium profile – 320 x 62 x 62 mm + cable 1.6 m
  • Protection: IP30
  • Sound output: No
  • Temperature range: -20°C to +65 °C
  • Designed and manufactured: European Union (Czech Republic, Prague)

 

FAQ

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Is it possible to specify in which state the output (power socket) will be after power-up?

Yes. When the PowerBOX is powered up, all outputs are set according to the PowerUp Init configuration (On / Off / LAST value). The parameter can be set in the web interface in the detailed configuration for each output.

I forgot the password, how can I reset the product to factory defaults?

To reset the product to factory defaults, press and hold the button next to the RJ45 jack. Keep the button pressed and plug in the product. Still keep the button pressed. About 12 seconds after powering up, the yellow LED flashes 3 times and factory default settings are restored (Load to defaults).

For the current procedure, see the supplied QIG (Quick Installation Guide) for the product. It is available for download at this page as well as included in the product package.

The NETIO Mobile app cannot find the NETIO PowerBOX 3Px.

For Android mobile devices, please upgrade to NETIO Mobile 2. For iOS mobile devices, NETIO mobile app upgrade is not available yet.

Can PowerBOX restart a device remotely?

Yes, the “Short OFF” command (accessible for instance in the PowerBOX 3Px web interface) can switch the power to the device off for e.g. 5 seconds and then switch it on again automatically.

Typical applications include the remote restart function, where the user needs to send, over the Web or via the URL API, a command that momentarily switches the output off and then switches it back on. This is typically used to restart a LTE / WLAN modem; the PowerBOX controls the power to the modem.

Can PowerBOX switch on an output at a specified time?

PowerBOX 3Px does not contain the Scheduler function.
A timing or scheduling function can be implemented in the master system. 

Is it possible to control PowerBOX 3Px using an IoT cloud?

Yes. PowerBOX 3Px includes an open API. We are continuously publishing ANxx (Application Notes) that describe how to connect the product to various third-party systems.

The specifications list support for SNMP v1; however, SNMP v3 is not mentioned.

The PowerBOX 3Px only supports the unsecure SNMP v1 version. The secure SNMP v3 protocol is not supported by this product.

What is the difference between MQTT and MQTT-flex?

MQTT-flex is a NETIO extension of the standard MQTT protocol. The extension uses a configuration text file to specify the MQTT message structure, the MQTT broker address where messages are sent, and the periodicity. In this way, a complete configuration of the MQTT communication can be transferred in a single text file.

 

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Manual: 
Manual CS
Manual EN
Manual DE
Quick Installation Guide: 
Guide CS
Guide DE

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Product comparison

  LAN
RJ45
WiFi DI
(Digital Inputs)
Power
Outputs
ZCS / ZVS
smart switching
Power
measurement
Web-based
configuration
RS-232
serial port
NETIO
Cloud
Scheduler
function
WatchDog
function
M2M APIs Lua scripts Mobile App
2x - - 4 ZCS 22 values Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 13 protocols Yes

NETIO Mobile

NETIO Mobile 2

Yes - - 4 ZVS - Yes - Yes - - XMLJSONURL API,
Modbus / TCP
TelnetMQTT - flex
SNMPv1
- NETIO Mobile 2
PowerDIN 4PZ Yes Yes 2
(S0 pulse counter)
4xZ
(terminal block)
ZCS 2 channels Yes - Yes - - XMLJSONURL API,
Modbus / TCP
TelnetMQTT - flex
SNMPv1
- NETIO Mobile 2
PowerBOX 3Px Yes - - 3 ZVS - Yes - Yes - - XML, JSON, URL API,
Modbus / TCP
Telnet, MQTT - flex
SNMPv1
- NETIO Mobile 2

PowerCable Modbus

- Int. - 1 ZCS 6 values Yes - Yes - - Modbus/TCP
Telnet
- NETIO Mobile 2
PowerCable REST - Int. - 1 ZCS 6 values Yes - Yes - - XML,
JSON,
URL API
- NETIO Mobile 2
PowerCable IQRF - - - 1 ZCS 6 values - - Yes - - IQRF - -
PowerCable MQTT - Int. - 1 ZCS 6 values Yes - Yes - -

MQTT
MQTT-flex
HTTP Push (xml,json)

- NETIO Mobile 2
PowerCable OEM
(comming soon)
- Int. - 1 ZCS 7 values Yes - Yes - - On request - NETIO Mobile 2
NETIO 4All
(obsolete)
Yes
Ext - 4 - 22 values Yes - Yes Yes Yes 13 protocols Yes

NETIO Mobile

NETIO Mobile 2

NETIO 4
(obsolete)
Yes Ext - 4 - - Yes - Yes Yes Yes 13 protocols Yes

NETIO Mobile

NETIO Mobile 2

 

Available models

PowerBOX 3PF
LAN electrical sockets – 3 outputs, 230V / 16A – Type F – DE Schuko is used in most European countries
PowerBOX 3PG
LAN electrical sockets – 3 outputs, 230V / 13A – Type G – UK is used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, ...
PowerBOX 3PE

LAN electrical sockets – 3 outputs, 230V / 16A – Type E – FR is used in France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland.

Optional accessory NETIO MK1 PowerBOX
NETIO MK1 PowerBOX

Metal bracket for 1 piece NETIO PowerBOX 3Px on the wall contains two pieces of metal.

 

Ethernet: 
10/100Mbit
Lan ports: 
0
LAN ethernet switch: 
Yes
WiFi: 
Yes
WiFi AP mode: 
Yes
Blue Tooth 4.0 LE: 
Yes
Serial port (RS-232): 
No
DHCP: 
Yes
SNTP: 
Yes
SMTP (TLS): 
Yes
SSL: 
Yes
IPv6: 
Yes
VLAN: 
Yes
Syslog: 
Yes
SMS Alerts: 
Yes
Email alerts: 
Yes
Mobile App: 
No
Scheduler (Chytrý kalendář): 
Yes
IP Watchdog Hearbeat): 
No
Warranty 2: 
6 Months
Protection 2: 
IP30
Rack montage: 
None
Product dimensions: 
340 x 58 x 90 mm
Product weight: 
1,18 Kg
Shipping package: 
420 x 65 x 130 / 1350 g
HTTP: 
Yes
HTTPs: 
Yes
SNMP v1: 
Yes
SNMP v3: 
Yes
User certificates: 
Yes
XML: 
Yes
Modbus/TCP: 
Yes
Telnet/Kshell: 
Yes
CGI: 
Yes
MS Azure (MQTT): 
Yes
SIP VoIP: 
Yes
Power Output: 
4x DE (Type F - Schuko)
Power Input: 
230V AC
Power Output sockets: 
1
Power Input: 
Europlug - cable 1m
Power In max current: 
10A
Max one socket current: 
8A
Power fuse: 
External, mechanical
Current meter: 
No
Metered values: 
None
Energy meter: 
No
LUA: 
Yes
XML interface accessible in LUA: 
Yes
SNMP interface accessible in LUA: 
Yes
Web buttons accessible in LUA: 
Yes
CGI interface accessible in LUA: 
Yes
PING interface accessible in LUA: 
Yes
RS-232 accessible in LUA: 
No
Online demo IP address: 
http://powerbox-3px.netio-products.com:22888
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