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Arks

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As many of you know, I don't live at my inn. I live a few miles away and mostly run it with keypad door locks I can program via wi-fi from home, self check-in for guests, and housekeepers that can log onto my reservation system and see when a unit needs cleaning, so I don't even have to tell them that unit x needs cleaning Tuesday. So I'm only at the inn once or twice a week, to restock supplies and fix things the guests break.

One problem I've always had, though, is that about once/month, on an unpredictable schedule, my wi-fi router needs to be reset (unplugged and plugged back in), or the wi-fi gets "iffy". I only know it needs a reset when I try to program a new door key code and it won't go through. That's very inconvenient if I happen to be out of town. In those cases, I have to contact a housekeeper and have her drive to the inn and unplug/replug the router.

I think I've found a solution. I found this gizmo, which plugs into the wall socket, then I plug the router into the gizmo. Once I have it programmed (through a free phone app provided by the gizmo maker), I can set a schedule for it to cut the power to the router for a minute, then restore power. I can also manually reset the router from the phone app anytime I want, but the once/day automatic restart should fix my problem. I currently have it set to restart the router every day at 2:30 a.m. Rare will be the guest up at that hour using wi-fi. It's the same as if the utility power blinks off. The wi-fi is off about 3 minutes, then it's back on and nice and fresh.

So far it's working great. I can even set it to send updates to my phone verifying that the wi-fi has been reset and is active again. I paid $37 for a gizmo two-pack. I'll probably use the second one for my home router.

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gillumhouse

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Wow! I have to reset my router once in a while - but I do not know that until a guest cannot log in. My office runs on wifi (the router is in my old office and no landline in new office) but I have no problems. Had to do that last week, the office was humming along but guests weren't.
 

Morticia

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Looks like an excellent gizmo!
 

JimBoone

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Sounds like an inexpensive solution. I don't think I've had the problem of having to reboot the router since moving to a higher grade of equipment, but expect I spent more, my current system sends an email if anything in the system has an issue.
 

KenW

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I have a wifi reset, it's set to reboot every evening. It also has an app so I can manually restart remotely. We also have a Orbi mesh wifi extender with 2 satellites that I'm able to log into remotely and see if everything is working and who is on the network...you can also disable devices
 

Angie

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Cheap but Smart device. Saves lots of time and work.
 
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