Remote Cable modem reboot (hard)

Andrew McNabb amcnabb at
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.

Andrew McNabb
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