[2.10.10] Super Quick, Auto-Restarting AP
An access point that restarts once a day,
* Happy Laptops
* No more interrupting people as much.
Simple Layout of Project
System Functional Flowchart
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students are cheap, and when it works, they share. We share internet
with the folks downstairs, its cheap, and we all benefit. The quirk is
the wifi AP, its theirs and its rather lame.
Their Access Point routinely dies after a few days. 5 users is sometimes too much for it. To reset it we either stop by and ask them to reset it (which is bothersome for them as well as us) or literally flick a breaker off, wait 10 seconds, and turn it back on. Everyone has it happen once in a while, power cycle it and its back up and happy. 2-3x a week is just silly.
Both of these methods are *LAME* so i and came up with this monstrosity. It took all of 2.5 hours, while helping some intro to engineering design students with their line following bots for a class.
Hurray for multitasking.
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1x ddwrt router
Purchased from the local recycling center for $25
48 mcu & programmer
AVR ISP MK2 programmer + ghetto ide cable
led's, misc caps
attempting to make it look less intimidating proved to be moot. Whatever, it works. No one is ever using the net at 8am during the restart.
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YES, i know there's a watchdog feature in DDWRT. No it doesnt work as well as physically just restarting it.
Ive been playing with these thing for years.
is interrupting an AP routinley ok for the AP? probably not, however it was ~15 bucks from a local recycling center.
I should make a python script to check uptimes and do a countdown or something...
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Electrical & Electrical Power