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Looking for a way to remotely reboot my cable modem

ima4ltrwrd 1,625 427 July 9, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Can anyone recommend a way to remotely reboot my cable modem? Every now and then I have to do a hard power reset and I have a server running that id hate to lose access to away from home.

I saw something like this but it seems pretty expensive. I think its pretty cool that it pings servers to make sure its connected, resets the power when it loses connection. Id like to not spend that much if possible though, any thoughts? Thanks!

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Replace the modem? You shouldn't have to reset yours.
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Can anyone recommend a way to remotely reboot my cable modem? Every now and then I have to do a hard power reset and I have a server running that id hate to lose access to away from home.

I saw something like this but it seems pretty expensive. I think its pretty cool that it pings servers to make sure its connected, resets the power when it loses connection. Id like to not spend that much if possible though, any thoughts? Thanks!

http://3gstore.com/product/2062_i...witch.html
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If the cable modem is down how would you expect to remote in to an IP controlled power hub?

Your best bet is to setup some kind of power cycle timer that just reboots the thing every X hours. However, the real solution, as the other guy said, is to get a cable modem that actually works.
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If the cable modem is down how would you expect to remote in to an IP controlled power hub?
A server on the private side pings the internal IP and an external IP... if the private side responds and public side fails then use SNMP to reset the modem (the *giant* "if" is if the modem supports it)
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A server on the private side pings the internal IP and an external IP... if the private side responds and public side fails then use SNMP to reset the modem (the *giant* "if" is if the modem supports it)
That could work!
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dial up with a modem on the server and remote in and reboot. this is our last resort method for remote offices.
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another question is: what does "hard power reset" *really* mean?

If it truly requires you to remove/restore power, then software solutions aren't going to work for you. Either SNMP will fail to get a reading or a remote session via dial-up isn't going to able to hit the http interface.
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Attach a clapper device to the outlet with the cable modem and then change you cell phone phone ring to the sound of a clap leave it plugged in next to the clapper with an extension cord running to a different outlet....just dial your house... done.
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Sometimes, a low tech [amazon.com] solution is the easiest.
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What make and model of cable modem?
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Sometimes, a low tech [amazon.com] solution is the easiest.
Ya this would probably work but the guy really should not need to reboot his modem so much. I would first contact the ISP to get his issue figured out, probably a line issue or a new modem.
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Well the cable modem is brand new, and I was having the same issues with my previous one. I registered the MAC address with the internet company. It wasnt happening all the time, but it would happen every once in a while with torrenting or online video games. I also replaced the router so its not that either.

I could use the timer, it just sucks to have it constantly rebooting every 24 hrs or whatever cycle they have. I guess it beats not being able to connect to home.

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Attach a clapper device to the outlet with the cable modem and then change you cell phone phone ring to the sound of a clap leave it plugged in next to the clapper with an extension cord running to a different outlet....just dial your house... done.
I like this idea but unfortunately I do not have a land line.

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What make and model of cable modem?
I dont know off the top of my head but its one of the new DOCIS 3.0 Motorola modems.
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better with no removable pins if you need timer.
http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-SA...ania+timer
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One thing you "could" do is, if you have Firefox, install the iMacros Add-On, and create a macro that goes to the Motorola admin page, clicks to the Reset tab, and clicks the Reset Modem button or whatever it is labeled.

Create a script that pings that does what vivahate explains, but if there is a communication failure, activates the iMacros macro which should automate the rest.

I've never tried this mind you but it is a file that can be saved locally and then double clicked to activate. In that case, the script can activate the macro which should pop up Firefox and run through to finish. Theoretically.
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One thing you "could" do is, if you have Firefox, install the iMacros Add-On, and create a macro that goes to the Motorola admin page, clicks to the Reset tab, and clicks the Reset Modem button or whatever it is labeled.

Create a script that pings that does what vivahate explains, but if there is a communication failure, activates the iMacros macro which should automate the rest.

I've never tried this mind you but it is a file that can be saved locally and then double clicked to activate. In that case, the script can activate the macro which should pop up Firefox and run through to finish. Theoretically.
Let me get your theory straight. Create a script that pings the router and when it is not reachable access it via IP to reset it? Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) or are you saying to ping the outside world?

what happens if the modem itself is unresponsive though?
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