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My home Mac Mini server keeps locking up, and I was looking into a switch to automatically cycle the power when it stops responding to pings. Is there a simpler/cheaper alternative that devices like iBoot that do more than I need (remote monitoring/control).

(Still looking into the cause of the freezes, but I'm guessing it's the webcam software.)

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If you have another host on your home network, try out the mtr tool, it's distributed with many flavors of Linux, and you can set an interval to ping with:

 mtr --interval=10 MacMini
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I could leave a laptop on if that would solve it, but I'm still lacking a way to reboot the dead server. – xan Mar 13 '11 at 15:22

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