KICKSTARTER: Hack a Router Reset

August 31st, 2012 by sackerman under Kickstarter

We’ve enjoyed hearing from backers with their feature ideas and questions throughout the Dispatch Kickstarter campaign. One of the first questions we received back in early-August, was from a backer who wondered whether Dispatch could help them with a flaky router that needed to be rebooted about once-a-week.

At first glance, this might seem like a job for the sort of fault-tolerant hardware that enterprise vendors sell for thousands of dollars. Turns out, however, with a do-it-yourself “home automation” device and a little custom-scripting using the Connectify Dispatch open-API (Application Programming Interface), you can actually reset a misbehaving router by way of Google Talk, IFTTT.com, and a Belkin WeMo WiFi switch.

After realizing that we could easily get Dispatch to reset a flaky router, we couldn’t resist coding up a quick script for the API and giving it a whirl. Take a look:

Do you use Wi-Fi locks around your “smart home”? Would you find yourself locked-out if your router went kaput? Back Connectify Dispatch at the HACKER BACKER level and get early access to the Dispatch API. It’s just the thing you need to keep Wi-Fi up-and-running in your automated home. We’ll even make a .zip file with the Dispatch API Router Reset hack available to you!

Bonus Video: Take a look as we demonstrate the Connectify Dispatch failover protection feature. With this setup, anyone can use Dispatch to always maintain Internet connectivity at home:

Happy Hacking!
Alex and the Connectify Team