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Old 12-30-2010, 11:35 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Nords View Post
I was wondering about some sort of home monitoring system for our travel, too, but the weak link is having to pull the plug on our DSL modem every few weeks.
As we wander ever-further off topic, this reminded me of the fancy IP (Internet Protocol) power switches our IS folks added to some systems.

It turns out that for about $100 US, you can get an IP power switch that can monitor internet connectivity (ping your ISP periodically, for example) and program it to cycle power on devices connected to it when it sees a problem. Some of the vendors specifically mention DSL modems...

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Originally Posted by Nords View Post
If your home's DSL/cable modem locks up, how do you reset it?
Oh! I have never had that happen but power failures were a problem. My initial respnse was to call my son -- who at that time (pre-security system) checked every day or so -- to go over and turn the computer back on. Once the computer had booted up, I was able to log in remotely with LogMeIn and reset everything. Since then, however, I have replaced the battery backup with one that shuts down the computer properly before the battery is drained and then restarts the computer upon the return of exterior power -- one of the higher-end models found at Small/Medium Business Applications with "cold start" capabilities. And, of course, I still have my "back up" -- calling the son or grandson.

I believe that covers most of the bases. However, anything can (and probably will) happen so who knows what I've missed.

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