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Helps keep your broadband network up
Requires a Windows-based PC with a serial port
Broadband has opened new vistas for Internet activity. However as some newer applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, gaming, messaging etc. are implemented they seem to have an adverse effect on modems and routers or perhaps it is more noticeable as dependency on them grows. They tend to hang and periodically lose sync with the ISP.
Troubleshooting the cause can quickly reach the point of diminishing returns, whereas treating the symptom is normally quite simple. The universal band-aid seems to be to simply recycle the AC power on the modem and/or the router.
The discovery process alone can be frustrating. However, once discovered, even this simple task can sometimes be cumbersome if the modem/router are not readily accessible. Or it may be impossible if it happens after hours or you are accessing the network from a remote location such as may be the case with VoIP or other more basic remote file sharing requirements.
Here is How It Works
* Connect the serial port from your PC to the RJ-11 port on the power strip. If the PC does not have a serial port, serial to USB adapters are also available.
* Then install the Auto Ping software on the PC and set it up to "Poll Out" to addresses on the other side of the router and modem. You could use your own remote IP's or those of one or two of the popular public web sites. Two addresses are provisioned to verify that a return ping fault is at your site and not the pinged location.
If the software fails to see a return ping it will send an eight-second "recycle power" command to the power strip (where the equipment is connected) through the serial port of the PC. That is all there is to it. It is straightforward. No fuss, no muss and mostly transparent to the user. It will even send an e-mail message indicating the time and number of reboots if you choose.
As a backup you can also connect a phone line directly to the second RJ-11 port on the power strip and reboot it simply by allowing the line to ring six times. Good for DSL type connections.
Note that an optional telephone line Controller (SP-RRC, Contact Bomara) is also available that will allow you to also call the unit directly to turn it ON/OFF or RESET it. The connection is password protected and the phone line can also be shared with other devices (phone, modem, fax etc.).
The Broad Band-Aid Power Strip is rated at 110-115V at 15 amps.
BROAD BAND-AID (110-115V)
BROAD BAND-AID INTERNATIONAL VERSION (110-250V)
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