Upstream / Handoff UPS?

Brandon Galbraith brandon.galbraith at
Thu Nov 7 20:48:17 UTC 2013

Working with Comcast and their ethernet product, they don't battery
back the on-site gear (fiber/ethernet switch), but I do get a phone
call within minutes of them noticing the switch they provided is down.
They care enough to call me, but battery backup is my/our


On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:07 AM, Justin Wilson <lists at> wrote:
>         I have several clients who have cisco Metro Ethernet switches on Fiber
> circuits.  The provider just provided the switch and expects the client to
> deal with the power.  The rational is if the switch is not up it's not our
> fault.
>         Justin
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kenny Kant <akennykant at>
> Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:34 AM
> To: <nanog at>
> Subject: Upstream / Handoff UPS?
>>We have tons of circuits with various providers.  Often times the demarc /
>>handoff switch from the provider is not running on battery backup.
>> Sometimes if the demarc device is located in the same room as our
>>equipment we mitigate this and plug the device into our backup systems.
>>Am I wrong to think that the demarc from the provider is a sacred thing
>>that should only be touched by said provider.  Thus they should provide
>>their own battery system?  Is it normal for this equipment not to be
>>battery protected?  We are not dealing with any crazy SLA's however I
>>it would be standard build practice to put UPS's on your gear.  Even if
>>small handoff switch sitting right next to my switch.

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