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Need to be notified when my Internet connection goes dead

I am hosting an important web service on my server behind my firewall.  So when Comcast is on the blink, I need to konw about it asap.

If I am working on a PC, I may learn of the problem quickly, but maybe not.  If I am out of the office, I learn of it when a custmer calls.

How can I find when my server is not longer accessible?  Obviously, my server would know this but would be unable to text message me, since its connection is unavailable.

I'm thinking about hosting a program I'll write that will ping my IP address, and text message me when it's no longer reachable.

Is there an easy way to do this?  Are there any free services for this?

thanks,
newbieweb

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