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.)


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
  • 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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