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Remotely power cycle switch and router

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Hi all,

I wanted to be able to remotely power cycle the switch and router at my company in case there were internet issues occurring. Besides logging into the router and restarting it that way, are there any other ways to accomplish these tasks?

Thanks.
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to restart a router or switch, you must log in to it.

you can setup a modem and connect it to the auxilliry port. then you can dial in to modem, log in to router/switch and reload.

more info below;

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/switches/catalyst-5000-series-switches/12016-2.html
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The only other way I know of that we have used many times, is a remote IP power strip. You can remotely access the power stip or set them up to ping the local IP address and if it misses x number of pings it automatically recycles the power. Here are a few links, but by no means all the ones that are available.

http://www.amazon.com/Managed-Designed-Manufactured-Synaccess-Networks/dp/B0039OZKPE

http://3gstore.com/product/2062_ip_power_remote_switch.html
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Thanks Iruiz, I was looking for someway to restart it remotely without logging in.


Markc56, this is exactly what I was looking for, thanks.  Is it possible to hook these devices up to a second lan failover port on a modem?  I'm trying to prevent a worst case scenario where the IP power strips are not connected to the router or switch that will need restarting, but that they are connected directly to the modem.  I have a modem from our broadband ISP but it currently does not have a second ethernet failover port.  I hope our ISP can either provide us with a modem with a failover ethernet port or let us purchase one and provision it on their network.
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Yes, it is possible to hook these up to a second lan failover port on a modem. APC has many different versions (with progressing expense). You can check their website for further documenation. We have been using them for years.
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Thanks for the solution, that is what we are looking for.
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