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MetraAV Launches New Smart Power Distribution Unit

The Big Dog Power Smart Power Distribution Unit (PDU) that delivers surge protection, remote control, smart home integration, rack temperature management, and more.

MetraAV has introduced the Big Dog Power Smart Power Distribution Unit (PDU) that delivers surge protection, remote control, smart home integration, rack temperature management, and more. Twelve individually controllable outlets have power metering, self-healing, and automatic reboot capabilities for smarter and easier remote management of connected devices. Devices can be turned on and off without requiring an internet connection, allowing for scheduled reboots and an easy network equipment power reset that can solve the most common technical issues. For integration professionals, this means reduction of time-intensive support calls and truck rolls. This new PDU joins MetraAV’s lineup of HDMI solutions designed for premium home theaters.


The PR-R13PI Smart Outlet PDU includes a surge mileage meter that shows when surges have occurred and the percentage of remaining protection. When a surge happens, two removable surge protection modules can be replaced without sacrificing the entire PDU, making this solution unique and cost-effective. Temperature control can also be automated with four magnetic temperature sensors that can be used to program turning on a fan or turning off devices when the temperature gets too high. The 13th service outlet powers a temporary device without having to reach behind the PDU. This unit is also designed to work without internet connection and still have automatic self-healing functions.

The innovation doesn’t stop there: Big Dog Power’s flexible app is designed to work how integrators work, with easy programming that can be set up by outlet or device to mimic the workflow of their choice. Once set up, integrators can monitor all of their clients within the Big Dog Power app, which is free to download. Clients can only see their locations within their app and its user-friendly design makes management easy. The PDU will also work with other popular automation platforms to allow the user to continue managing their devices through the same control system app.

Product Specifications:

  • 12 + 1 outlet rack-mount smart PDU with self-healing
  • 12 individually controlled outlets
  • 1 always-on front outlet
  • Rack-mountable 2U
  • Self-healing functions for network-connected equipment
  • Surge mileage: track when a surge event happens and the remaining health of the surge protection
  • Replaceable surge modules
  • 2040 and 3060 Joule surge protection
  • Temperature monitoring with 4 thermostats
  • Web and mobile app for remote management and notification
  • I/O for additional integrations
  • RS-232/serial and IP automation integration
  • Grounding lug
  • 120V/12A rating
MetraAV Smart Power Distribution

Three alternate, scaled-down versions of this product are available to suit the needs of smaller systems: the PR-V7PI model, which features seven outlets; the PR-W3PI model, featuring three outlets; and a single-outlet style plug for individual appliances, the PR-S1PI. View more information on all of these products at

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