Adam Israel

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A while back, I switched from DSL to Cable Internet. My awesome ISP, TekSavvy, sent me a loaner cable modem – a SmartRG 808AC. It worked well, despite a few quirks, but lately I’ve noted that the internet would drop out for a few minutes at a time. I was able to deduce that the modem seems to be rebooting itself, but I had no idea how often it was happening.

Sidetrack: I’d been meaning to setup Prometheus + Grafana for monitoring my home network. It’s one of those things that look awesome but I never got around to figuring out the details. I had the itch one day recently, and after reading up on how Prometheus worked, I realized it would be a great way to monitor my modem and find out exactly how often it’s rebooting itself.

So I fired up a fresh LXD container, installed Prometheus and Grafana, and forwarded the appropriate ports. Ready, set, go.

Prometheus works by scraping a /metrics endpoint, either baked in to an application/device or provided by an “exporter”, of which there are hundreds already written.

The SmartRG 808AC doesn’t have a /metrics endpoint, nor was there an exporter written for it, but luckily there’s a handy guide to writing one. I also borrowed from uptimerobot-prometheus-exporter and speedtest_exporter while looking for examples.

After a night or two of hacking, I’m proud to announce the first release of the smartrg808ac_exporter.

Right now, it only exposes two metrics: up, which will return a 0/1 if the device is up and uptime_seconds, which tells you how long the device has been online. Next steps are to add interface metrics.

Back to my original problem; I now have a way to measure how often my cable modem reboots.

Uptime over 24 hours

Over the course of the next few days, I should have enough information to see if there’s a pattern to the restarts, and how consistent it is. Plenty enough evidence to contact TekSavvy and see about getting a replacement modem.

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