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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2009-07-14, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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How to Power on computer using a harmony remote?

looking for some suggestion on how to power on my HTPC by my harmony remote.

I do believe this should be a common needs for every HTPC owner, and they shoud already have some handy solutions on the market.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2009-07-14, 02:09 PM
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As a minimum you'll need some kind of IR receiver on the PC. Assuming that it is plugged into a USB port on the computer then you will need to configure the PC to wake/resume on USB.

Note that most HTPC users don't usually power off when using this function. They are usually in sleep/hibernate.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 2009-07-15, 08:15 AM
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Computer add-ons do exist. Here is a sample link

In this example, the product is discontinued, but I'm sure others exist on the market.

Wireless remote booting and resetting of your PC
Fan speed control
Dual backlit analog meter style temperature monitors
2 USB2.0 and 1 IEEE1394 Firewire port
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2009-07-15, 09:50 AM
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I have a USB-UIRT inside my HTPC configured to wake my PC from sleep (S3). It works great! S3 sleep is indistinguishable from power-off, other than the ~5W power consumption while in this state. Of course, if the power is interrupted while in this state, you'll have to hit the power button next time you want to use the PC.

There exist devices that power-on a PC, but AFAIK most HTPC builders use S3 sleep.

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