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Physically restart Sky router via Raspberry Pi

I have a Sky Hub router, the SR102 (black). Previously I had the white version as well.
Nice routers, pretty stable, but badly locked. You can change the SID of your wifi, change the password… not either sure if you can do a proper port forwarding. So… perfect for my mum, but a pain for whoever wants a little bit of extra control.

I had already an ASUS RT-N16 with DD-WRT firmware so I used the DMZ function on the Sky router to have some sort of “link” of the public IP of my broadband directly on the WAN interface of the router. In this way it’s like that is my ASUS router that does the connection and I can play as freely as I want, without caring much about the Sky router.

However, it happens that sometimes you need to give a full reboot to the main Sky router. And maybe do this automatically or via command line/script. And here it’s when things are getting more complicated.

The Sky Hub router allows you to reboot it via HTTP. Using the DMZ anyway will bypass the router itself and forward all the requests to the ASUS router. Also, I have never liked the idea to expose my router management page to the Internet, but I rather prefer to connect via SSH on a Raspberry Pi and issue commands from the terminal (telnet/ssh).

So, beside my multiple attempts to find a way to curl the button on the page, I had to find an alternative way to makes this happen. Of course, it didn’t help either to call the Sky Helpline asking if there was a remote possibility to have telnet enabled.

After a bit of talks on Facebook with some friends, here the solution: Remote Controlled Sockets with Pi-mote

Yes. If I can’t reboot from inside, let’s to that from outside!

The process was pretty straight forward.

First of all, I had to turn off my Raspberry Pi, and plug the “little green piece of board” as mentioned in here

After that, I’ve turned the pi on again, and installed the required packages. Happily I found that there is now the python library available for energenie, so I have installed them as well, making my life easier 🙂

apt-get install python-rpi.gpio python-pip
pip install energenie

Once done, I have created these two basic script and I have run one a time, to configure the socket plugs.

Make sure to plug the ONE SOCKET PLUG A TIME and run the relative script.

You can find more information in the previous PDF, but these sockets learn who they are based on which commands they are receiving during the learning mode (enabling keeping the green button pressed for about 5 seconds when switched off). So if you run the first script with both plugs connected and in learning mode, they will do exactly the same, and unless you want to control two sockets at the same time, better to follow the instructions 🙂

Script to configure the first socket:

from energenie import switch_on, switch_off
from time import sleep

# turn the first plug socket ON and then OFF


Script to configure the second socket:

from energenie import switch_on, switch_off
from time import sleep

# turn the second plug socket ON and then OFF


And now, my simple script to make… “the magic”: plugs.py

from energenie import switch_on, switch_off
from time import sleep
import sys

if len(sys.argv) == 1:
    print "Use:\n# python plug.py <plug_ID> <ON/OFF>\ne.g. # python plug.py 1 ON"

    plug = sys.argv[1]
    status = sys.argv[2]

if status.lower() == 'on':

You can use this script to control any sockets (up to 4 – hardware limitation).

And here a bash wrapper (I’m not really good in python sorry) that calls plugs.py and restart the router: restart_sky_router


# This script requires plug.py script

if [ "$EUID" -ne 0 ]
  then echo "Please run as root or use 'sudo'"

echo "Switching OFF and then ON the physical socket"

# Uses ENERGENIE Radio controlled Sockets
python plug.py 1 off
sleep 10
python plug.py 1 on


Now, I can have my Nagios system to check for the speed as documented here and eventually issue restart_sky_router script to see if it fixes the issue. Or simply be able to have a command to integrate in your scripts!


Check Sky Hub speed script

Bash script that extract the router speed.


# Broadband Speed within limits Download 14000 and Upload 750

# Download Link speed
# Upload Link speed

SPEED=($(wget -qO- http://$ROUTER/sky_router_status.html --user=$USER --password=$PASS | awk -F "'" '$0 ~ /Modemstat\[0\]/  {print $2, $4}'))

if [[ ${SPEED[0]} -lt $DL || ${SPEED[1]} -lt $UL ]] ; then
  exit 2
  echo "Broadband Speed within limits Download ${SPEED[0]} and Upload ${SPEED[1]}"
  exit 0


This can be integrated in Nagios to send an alert if the speed drops.