Remote Cable modem reboot (hard)

Andrew McNabb amcnabb at mcnabbs.org
Mon Feb 1 11:30:42 MST 2010


On Mon, Feb 01, 2010 at 10:31:04AM -0700, Dave Smith wrote:
> I have used high-end remote power controllers in the past from Pulizzi 
> and Eaton, but now I want one that is cheap, simple and easily 
> controllable by Linux. We have a Comcast cable modem at work, and it 
> needs the occasional reboot to stay happy (ah, fond memories of Windows 
> 95). My particular modem (SMC8014) doesn't appear to have a wget'able 
> reboot URL, and I want to cold-reboot it anyway.
> 
> What have you used for remote power control on the cheap (under $100)? 
> I've heard of X10 being used for this sort of thing, but I don't know 
> how controllable it would be from, e.g., a shell script.
> 

I've used Jason Holt's Gadgetboard for this before.  It was pretty
cheap, and you can use it for lots of different things.  You might be
able to do something similar with a prebuilt system like an Arduino.
Just be careful not to burn your house down.

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