Installing PowerKey

    Complete instructions for installing PowerKey can also be found in the "Getting Started with PowerKey" document that came with your product.

Hardware installation

    Refer to the following diagram. The numbers correspond to the numbered steps below:

    Before starting
    1. Make sure your computer and all its peripherals are turned off.
    2. Unplug the power cords for your computer and peripherals from the wall outlet or power strip.
    Power connections
    3. Plug PowerKey's power cord into a wall outlet.

    Tip: You may also plug PowerKey into a surge protector or uninterruptible power supply.
    4. Plug your computer's power cord into one of PowerKey's outlets. The PowerKey software defaults to Outlet 1, so we recommend that for most purposes.
    5. Plug the power cords for your peripherals into the other outlets of PowerKey, as desired.
    USB connection
    6. Connect the supplied USB cable to your computer. The round end fits PowerKey's custom connector. You may plug the USB end directly into your computer or a USB hub.
    Telephone connection
    The following section is optional. If you do not wish to use PowerKey's telephone features, you may skip this section.
    7. If you are using a modem or other telephone equipment, disconnect it from the telephone wall outlet.
    8. Connect the supplied telephone cable to the telephone wall outlet and PowerKey's "Line" jack.
    9. Connect your modem or telephone cable to PowerKey's "Phone" jack.

Software installation

    Mac OS X
    1. Start up your computer normally. Insert the PowerKey CD (or open the disk image you downloaded).
    2. Copy the folder labelled "PowerKey for Mac OS X" to your hard disk. You may place the files in any location you choose, such as the Applications folder.
    3. From this folder, open the "PowerKey" control panel application. A dialog box will appear asking if you wish to install the background software.
    4. Click "Install" (or "Update" if a previous version was already installed). The background software will be installed and your PowerKey will begin functioning. No restart will be necessary.
    Mac OS 8.6-9.x
    1. Start up your computer normally. A dialog box may appear asking if you wish to search for drivers for PowerKey. Click the "Cancel" button.
    2. Insert the PowerKey CD and double-click the icon labelled "PowerKey 4.1 for Mac OS 9". The Installer window will open.
    3. Select the package, either "SOHO" or "Admin", depending on which version you purchased.

    Note: You may also upgrade your PowerKey to the "Admin" version at a later date.
    4. Click "Install". The Installer will ask if it can quit any open applications before it begins. Make sure you don't have any unsaved documents, then click "Continue".

    When the installation is complete, the Installer will restart your computer.


    If you own the Admin version of PowerKey Pro and wish to use its crash recovery features, you must configure your Energy Saver control panel to restart after a power failure.

    Mac OS X
    From the Apple menu, select "System Preferences..." Click the "Energy Saver" icon. Click the "Options" tab. Check the "Restart automatically after a power failure" box.

    Mac OS 9.1-9.x
    From the Apple menu, select "Control Panels -> Energy Saver". Click the "Advanced Settings" tab. Check the "Restart automatically after a power failure" box.

    Mac OS 8.6-9.0.x
    From the Apple menu, select "Control Panels -> Energy Saver". Select "Server Settings..." from the "Preferences" menu. Check the "Restart automatically after a power failure" box.

    When you're done installing your PowerKey, you should open the PowerKey control panel and click the "Hardware Setup" button.

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