Need a notification if my Internet goes down

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July 8, 2014 at 16:54:12
Specs: Windows 7, Intel i7 / 4 GB
Ok, I have a weird problem. It's real source is nothing to do with Internet or PCs. We just bought a new house. If our power goes out for an extended period of time, our house could flood because our sump pump constantly has to run to keep the water away from the house.

I have a battery backup for it. But if the battery dies, then I'm SOL. So, I was trying to figure out a way to have a service send me a signal that the power is out. It's pretty hard to send me a signal over the Internet after the power goes out because once that happens, my router is off and obviously I can't send a signal out that the power is out.

So, I was thinking maybe I could find a 3rd party service that they would just ping my external IP every 5 minutes. If the ping fails 2 or more times, send me a text to say maybe my power is out. There are services out there, but they're quite pricey. Does anyone know of a free service that would do this? Or maybe another idea? For PCs, I have one laptop. I don't run a desktop 24x7, so I'd rather not use a software program to monitor it. But even if I did have a software app, if the power went out, my Internet goes down and it can't send the signal anyways.

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July 8, 2014 at 17:32:35

We actually build something like that where I work, but it's still in the "honing-out-the-bugs" stage...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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July 8, 2014 at 17:41:58
The new sump pump I just bought actually has a feature like that built in. I bought a $400 sump pump that has both an AC everyday sump pump and a backup battery operated sump pump that's about 6 inches higher. If the first fails because of whatever or power is out, the second one runs on a car battery and can run for 8 hours. It has a feature in it that it can dial out through a phone line or security system to notify me that the backup one is running.

Problem is I don't have a phone line. I can't justify spending $40 a month on a home phone so once every few years when the power goes out, I get notified. I do use magic jack. Costs me $20 a year, but the obvious setback is if the power goes out, my magic jack doesn't have power and my internet is down so it won't be able to call out after the power is out.

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July 8, 2014 at 18:35:17
I think I figured it out. I set it up to send pings to my external IP address and it's free and it sends me texts if it fails.

Only problem I have is my external IP is dynamic. I know it shouldn't change often. My router supports dyndns, but it's not free anymore.

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July 8, 2014 at 21:01:22
How about using an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and connecting that to your computer, router, and sensing device. Use one with a large enough capacity that will keep your system up for 20 minutes or so. That will give you plenty of time to sense a couple of 5 minute interval samples.

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July 9, 2014 at 00:55:10
It's odd a house would be built where water had to be constantly removed but then I live in the desert. I guess using heavy equipment to reform the land around the house is not a practical solution either?

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July 12, 2014 at 06:53:46
Yeah, I don't know. We live in a sub division. So there are lots of houses around us. They're constantly building more. People keep buying them.

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