# Alternative to wake on LAN

I need to be able to power my office pc up from home so I can remote in, but my router has proprietary voip firmware that's getting in the way. I've been looking and looking, but I'm just not turning up a solution. I wish I could figure out a way to get a low-power gadget connected to the internet so I could remote (telnet? ssh?) into that and get it to power a relay on the pc's power-on button. Any suggestions?

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Why can't you just leave it on? I know it's not as cool as remotely turning it on. But it does seam like a simpler solution. –  NitroxDM Apr 11 '12 at 22:17
@NitroxDM... power consumption (coreIIduo w/ mabye 500+watt power supply), wear/tear (using it 24/7/365 is just too much...it's very difficult to replace when it has problems), security (if it's off, i feel safer). –  david Apr 11 '12 at 22:34
@NitroxDM - Let me introduce you to my angry polar bear. –  Polynomial Apr 11 '12 at 22:35
@ Polynomial -- I don't get the reference. –  NitroxDM Apr 19 '12 at 20:32
This question got me thinking... how much power am I using. So I found out. Granted this is a small sample (48 hr) and doesn't take in to account weekends. i7, 350 Watt PS, 21.5" LCD x 2, 7" LCD, Turn Off At Night (24h): .89 kW h X $0.101 =$32.81/Year Leave On At Night (24h): 1.66 kW h X $0.101 =$61.20/Year I also found this expertcore.org/viewtopic.php?style=4&f=10&t=1448. it will do what you want if you have a Windows server running somewhere. –  NitroxDM Apr 19 '12 at 20:38