actiontec, qworst, and unhappiness

Michael Torrie torriem at
Fri Jun 3 23:45:42 MDT 2005

On Fri, 2005-06-03 at 21:53 -0500, Michael Halcrow wrote:
> Hmmmm. I shoulda looked into that. I put my 1337 EE sk1llz into action
> w/ my DSL modem when it started requiring power cycles every so
> often. I built a simple circuit with the necessary resistance into the
> base of a transistor which controlled the current from the modem's
> power supply, which I split between the modem and the coils of a relay
> that controls the power to the modem. I bought a parallel cable and
> stripped one of the wires, connecting it to the base. I installed the
> parapin library and wrote a script executed as a cron job to check for
> connectivity. When the connection goes down, it attempts a PPP reset,
> and if that fails, it de-asserts the pin to the base of the
> transistor, switching the relay to cut the power to the modem, waits a
> few seconds, re-asserts the pin to switch the relay and turn the modem
> back on, and then the script brings the PPP connection back up. It's
> been like this for several months, and it works like a charm. Of
> course, the correct solution is probably to just buy a new modem, but
> why bother when I have something that just works? :-)

That is awesome!

> The parts for this solution should cost you less than $15, unless you
> fry your parallel port controller.
> Mike
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