Offline Function (Lan Control)

I would like to use the lan control option on my devices when i loose power they will still be functional. What router will i need for this to work? I lost power before with my current router and they are all readong offline. I do have the function in all of my devices to use lan control as well.

Not sure, but the router would have to be powered. So a UPS of some sort.
I am off grid. I have my router running off of the batteries instead of mains (230volt ac).
This allows me to shut down all AC power remotely and also turn it back on.

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I have a generator to power the house but the internet connection is cut off to the house when the power is off. I would like to use my devices when the power is off but I dont think my router supports this. Looking to see what router would work this this function.

I think most routers would do this but I doubt you’re generator is very quick to take over so they’d probably reset. Fine if it only happens rarely and you don’t mind losing 5-10 minutes whilst it restarts. Otherwise buy a small Uninterruptible Power Supply for it. I think I’ve see cheap low voltage DC ones and I suspect your router input is a low voltage DC input. I think mine is 12V DC.

It is ok if they take time to reset while i get the generator going. But when there is no inernet connection all of my devices are reporting offline even if i have lan control switches on. I think it is down to my router? Just wanted to see what people are using in this situation?

Not only will the Router be restarting but all of the devices will need to reconnect to the new wifi. How long are you waiting? If I wanted to do it myself I’d turn a Raspberry Pi 4b into a router because

  1. the CPU in most domestic routers suck
  2. loads of online resources as to how to do it and add a battery backup
  3. it’s really configurable
  4. you can change to a stronger aerial if needed
    but really you shouldn’t need it. Mine does anyway and is not a fancy expensive one. Think the blue network flash is related to connection to their servers but the devices still work. I think it should relate to local rather than global network for LAN capable devices…

@bnichols04 I feel the main thing you should consider here is segregating functionality. Currently your router will be issuing IP addresses via DHCP.

If it was me, I would segregate WiFi provision from the router and select WiFi access points that can mesh with other access points (good if you have a large property or one which doesn’t offer good signal coverage throughout) AND, do DHCP. If you have fixed assets, like a PC or printer that connect using an Ethernet cable, plugging them into a dedicated Ethernet switch would be advantageous, removing reliance on the router.

Netgear, TP-link etc are generally low cost, easy to manage and low in power consumption. To simplify the deployment of WiFi access points, you may want to consider access points that support Power Over Ethernet (POE) as you only have to deploy CAT5e/CAT6 cable and they could be powered by a low-cost POE Ethernet switch.

It’s unlikely that you will find a WiFi access point that doesn’t operate on the 2.4Ghz band but remember that most ‘smart’ switches only operate on 2.4Ghz so don’t turn this off thinking that your environment will be faster operating on 5Ghz.

As advised previously, a small UPS to provide battery backup for the network equipment (router, switch, WiFi access points etc) would be highly recommended to ensure coverage while your generator kicks in.

I think most of the routers can do this. Actually, I have yet to see any that can not.

But be aware - not all Wi-Fi smart home gadgets can work without the internet, some come with a chipset or firmware without the LAN control feature.

Another idea would be a router with cellular network support for emergencies only, but the fee might be high depending on the carrier you choose.