In general a watchdog is a piece of equipment that supervises other systems and resets them in case it detects that those systems are failing, automating the process and increasing the reliability of the system. Network Watchdog is a simple watchdog for monitoring network connectivity and power cycle a device based on ICMP ping replies.
With it’s minimal power requirements, Network Watchdog can use the controlled device’s DC Power source (between 5 and 12 volts) to function, avoiding any additional power requirements. The following is an example setup:
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How many times you wanted to know if an Ethernet plug or port has internet connectivity and you had to bring your laptop or a cable from the next room to check? And how many times the only tools available were the simple Network Cable tester and your provider’s Modem or Router? For me that was a common issue and of course there was no easy, "plug and play" solution (at a reasonable price!!). Taking these into consideration I decided to give a solution by making a simple optimization to the most common Network tool. Arduino Network Tester, extends the functionality of the well-known Network Cable tester by adding DHCP, DNS and Internet connectivity tests using an Arduino Pro Mini and a W5500 Ethernet Shield with an overall cost of less than €15!
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