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Old 01-14-2022, 11:37 AM   #1
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I'm installing some new network devices and came across this potentially nifty device. For those with a cable modem on the islands and you are in need of a reboot to regain connectivity - perhaps this device helps. Ubiquiti is the manufacturer and they are solid supplier of enterprise grade equipment.

The SmartPower Plug detects an offline condition and reboots the modem.
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Old 01-14-2022, 12:18 PM   #2
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I have a friend who uses a Ubiquiti bullet to access wi-fi from the mainland a couple of miles away. You need a straight uncluttered line of sight.
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Old 01-14-2022, 02:46 PM   #3
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I'm installing some new network devices and came across this potentially nifty device. For those with a cable modem on the islands and you are in need of a reboot to regain connectivity - perhaps this device helps. Ubiquiti is the manufacturer and they are solid supplier of enterprise grade equipment.

The SmartPower Plug detects an offline condition and reboots the modem.
Thats pretty slick. I was going to set up a timer to reboot it every night for the winter but never got a chance at closing. I will try one of these in the spring.
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Old 01-14-2022, 03:05 PM   #4
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Thats pretty slick. I was going to set up a timer to reboot it every night for the winter but never got a chance at closing. I will try one of these in the spring.
I have a simple light timer on my router and all of my cameras. They reset every night around midnight….saved me many times when there was an outage or quick power bump.

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Old 01-14-2022, 05:02 PM   #5
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I have timers as well, set for a short off/on at around midnight. If it really works, the SmartPower plug looks like a simpler solution.

I'm not sure what is involved in having it monitor the internet connection. Hopefully the phone and UniFi app are needed only to set up a WiFi connection for the smart plug then the plug is on its own.
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Looked at that dongle, it looks pretty cool.

If you have to recycle the modem a lot during the winter, just use an analog lamp timer set to turn off/on at midnight every night. )

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That’s a good find. I’ve also done the daily timer trick years ago but later found things stable enough to stay up and not need it. Also had one on a flaky web cam. My place might as well be on an island in the middle of winter 120 miles away

The reviews of the SmartPlug on Amazon was not great but there are several similar devices. This one had the best reviews.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MCRQPCS
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An email today says "We have scheduled upgrades to our core equipment in our data center, overnight tonight." Of course, that means little to islanders for a few months, but at least they are continuing improvements.
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Can anybody recommend a good wireless internet provider for Cow Island ?
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Can anybody recommend a good wireless internet provider for Cow Island ?
Generally, you nered line of sight to the provider. Starlink may work on one side of Cow, not on the other. Same for Hub66.
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