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2018 Mar 02

I run a Raspberry Pi VPN router. I want it to reboot automatically when it looses the WAN connection, as it does from time to time.

There are a few ways to do this - this is a simple way. Thank you We Work We Play.

I adapted the WWWP script:

  • changed the script name to reflect my use,
  • run by root crontab,
  • ping an interweb website with a single ping,
  • write a message to /var/log/messages if reboot.
#! /bin/bash
# Checks for WAN connection using ping
# if ping fails with non-zero exit code then
#  reboot
ping -c 1 > /dev/null
if [ $? != 0 ] 
    logger WAN probably down so rebooting
    /sbin/shutdown --r now

I put it in:


Use sudo if necessary to access /usr/local/bin/.

Set permissions:

sudo chmod 775 /usr/local/bin/

Ran crontab and added a entry to run every 5 minutes:

sudo crontab -e

I used sudo crontab -e If we omit sudo then it may not work.

crontab entry:

*/5 * * * * /usr/local/bin/ >> /dev/null 2>&1

Check that this works by disconnecting or switching off the WAN to trigger a reboot.

sudo grep WAN /var/log/messages


sudo grep WAN /var/log/syslog

Shows us the log entry for each time that the script commands a reboot.