Entry no.: 1309
4 Nov 2012, 11:48 AM
The “UPS for Mac” is not exactly for Mac
Needing a few UPS units at the office, and spooked by the ugly black boxes offered by most vendors, I was happy to find a cleanly designed “UPS for Mac” from Tecnoware. Naively, I didn't even hunt for reviews (by the way, how come Google does such a poor job discerning real reviews from link farms and splogs?). Big mistake.
Sold by Tecnoware under the fraudulent advertising claim “Finally, the UPS completely dedicated to iMac/MacPro,” the iUPS 900VA and UPS PRO 1500VA are not compatible with OS X. Although they can be plugged in via USB, the operating system won't recognize them as a UPS by the native OS X's Battery, Power Adapter, and UPS management capabilities in Energy Saver control panel.
Moreover, ViewPower, the bundled software—substituting OS X native UPS management—is a horrendous piece of crapware that asks you to manually install a kext file and won't even launch under Mountain Lion.
My advice: don't buy Tecnoware if you're using Macs. Don't use even if offered for free.
Update: While we are at this, here's a hint on how to Restart OS X After UPS Shutdown.