Posted here for lack of a better location, feel free to adjust or recommend a better category if I have it wrong.
I have a couple remote properties I manage using Hubitat to control locks and switches. I have a VPN installed at each for remote Hubitat administration. I'm trying to find the best method to remotely reset key network components in case I have a problem and they lock up. Any single method is limited, I don't have a backup network connection. I think I have a workable solution thus far, but interested if anyone has any devices or recommendations:
1 - I have a z-wave power plug on my VPN box which I can reset that through Hubitat.
2 - I have a wifi power plug independent of Hubitat on my C7 box so I can power cycle the Hubitat if necessary.
3 - I don't have anything on my cable modem as that was the primary (only) remote communication link. I can go into local administration through the VPN, I also have the modem (which has integrated router/wifi) configured for remote administration through the public IP. I can remotely restart the modem through the web administration pages.
Interestingly it's the cable modem which has been causing me the most issues. Although the connectivity hasn't been a problem, remote administration locks up occasionally and won't allow me access through either the local or public IP. I solved this previously with a power cycle.
My intended solution:
I have a NEO power plug which I've set a simple rule machine to turn on the plug 10 seconds after I turn it off. This method seems to work in my tests at home, however I'm concerned if something happens and the plug doesn't cycle. If that were to happen I will have cut my only comms path to my remote location.
I noticed this evening my Zooz double plug has auto-ON configuration options which can be independently set for as short as 1 minute on each plug. This may be a more reliable option which is internal to the plug and doesn't rely on a z-wave order from Hubitat. Although the plugs are located near the hub, in my experience z-wave comms can be susceptible to interference or loss.
I have not set any routines to try and automate a full reset process, but rather just set up tools for me to manually reset if the need arises.
My question is does anyone have experience with the Zooz plug using the auto-on feature, or any other recommended solutions? I have a Zooz double plug and plan to start testing the auto-on for reliability.
All devices (the cable modem / VPN / and Hubitat) are plugged into an UPS battery backup so power loss isn't an immediate concern. Although I've read about independent Hubitat battery backup solutions and concerns with power cycle resets potentially causing corruption, I haven't had any issues and I'm comfortable accepting that risk.