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Switched-Outlet Power Bar withRS232 Control

Remote switching using RS232 and I2C

Switched-Outlet Power Bar withRS232 Control
This circuit can be built into a power bar and used to remotely switch six socket-outlets. It is controlled via an RS232 interface and uses an I2C-bus IC (type PCF8574P) to decode the RS232 signals.A remotely switchable power bar controlled by a PC via the RS232 serial interface can be realized with a minimum of hardware and software drivers (for use under Windows, DOS and Linux) by using an IC to decode the RS232 signals and individually control each of the socket-outlets.
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Component list
R1-R9 = 10k?
R10,R11 = 330?
C1,C3,C4 = 100nF
C2 = 220µF 25V radial
B1 = B80C1500 in round case (80V piv, 1.5A continuous)
D1,D2,D5-D10 = 1N4148
D3,D4 = zener diode 5.1V, 500mW
T1-T6 = BC547
IC1 = PCF8574 or PCF8574A
IC2 = 78L05
JP1,JP2,JP3 = jumper or wire link
K1-K4 = 2-way PCB terminal block, lead pitch 7.5mm
K5 = 3-way SIL pinheader
K6 = 9-way sub-D socket (female), chassis mount
TR1 = mains transformer, 9V 1.5VA, (e.g., Hahn BV EI 302 2021)
RE1-RE6 = relay, Finder type (12V) (Conrad Electronics # 504459)
F1 = fuse, 100mA, slow, with fuse holder and protective cover
Optional: six 1.2k? resistors and six LEDs
PCB, order code 020298-1
Disk, order code 020298-11, or Free Download)
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