|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.