This is a watchdog script that uses a simple relay module and a enc28j60 ethernet module. It works wells but does hang up occasionally. The modem died first however, so ended up replacing the modem with a better version. However that ‘better version’ still croked under the australian heat, and thus an even simpler solution was found… using the 5v usb port of the modem, to power a dual 12v computer fan to cool the modem down (it’s under-volting, but still pushes enough air to cool the modem down enough).

This script uses an Arduino that has a relay hooked to pin D2, and the enc28j60 module wired to it’s respective SPI pins in the Arduino.

You’ll need to install this lib first, as this code has ethercard as it’s dependencies: Ethercard Github Repo . From that page, this is the recommended pinout.

PIN Connections (Using Arduino UNO):

VCC -   3.3V
GND -    GND
SCK - Pin 13
SO  - Pin 12
SI  - Pin 11
CS  - Pin  8 # Selectable with the ether.begin() function
PIN Connections using an Arduino Mega

VCC -   3.3V
GND -    GND
SCK - Pin 52
SO  - Pin 50
SI  - Pin 51
CS  - Pin 53 # Selectable with the ether.begin() function
# The default CS pin defaults to 8, so you have to set it on a mega:
ether.begin(sizeof Ethernet::buffer, mymac, 53)

Ping Watchdog

This is a modification of the ping script to trip a relay for a modem, if cannot reach within a certain amount of time. Ping.ino, extended by Brian Khuu

This ping google once a minute. If google responds then cancel a watchdog that is rigged to trip at a certain amount of minutes

Note: Learnt that the ethercard lib requires installation before it can work, it is not enough to place the file in the same sketch as this ping.ino file. When dealing with unsigned numbers of a large amount, must at least ensure all variables are of the same type. e.g. all ‘immediate numbers’ not in an unsigned variables are assumed to be signed, and cannot store much numbers.