Modem as a service?

Jon Lewis jlewis at
Mon Dec 7 18:22:52 UTC 2015

On Mon, 7 Dec 2015, Larry Sheldon wrote:

> I'll join the confusion--I thought the OP wanted to test for power 
> availability at the distant site by seeing if a modem there would answer the 
> phone there.  That it HAD to be a modem in that case makes no sense to me.

Presumably, the modems are already there (setup to answer) as a means to 
access the OOB console servers in the case of a network outage.  "Does it 
answer" is just a simple way to tell "is the power out, and everything's 
dead, or is there a network problem that's caused us to lose visibility?"

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