How can I remotely power up my computer from a full shutdown state?

Anonymous September 9, 2014
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I’m looking to set up my desktop so that I can power it on from anywhere with my phone. I found one article on this site describing an app that can wake computers from sleep or hibernate, but I’d like to be able to do it from a completely shut-down mode. One idea I had was to hook up an always-on Arduino to my wifi and place it between or in tandem with the power button on my PC, but a small amount of research revealed that that would take a far larger amount of Arduino knowledge than I currently possess. Can anyone suggest an app or potentially simpler method of turning it on from anywhere? Will wake on LAN work if the computer has been powered off completely? I know the Mobo itself stays on in some capacity itself as long as it’s getting power, as it charges devices (or turns any USB port on that demands power, really) even in a “powered off” state.

Specs (Only posting what I think would be relevant here, can update if you need more)
Asus Maximus 6
Generic phone company modem/router (can get more specific specs if necessary)
Windows 8.1

  1. Hovsep A
    September 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

    How To Setup Wake On LAN Using The MAC Address
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/trigger-wake-lan-mac-address/

    How To Turn On Your PC With Your Android Phone Using Wake-On-LAN
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/turn-pc-android-phone-wakeonlan/

    How to shutdown or restart PC remotely from any computer or mobile phone
    http://www.airytec.com/en/switch-off/faq/how-to-shutdown-or-restart-pc-remotely-from-any-computer-or-mobile-phone.aspx
    Switch Off is FREE for personal and educational use

  2. Jan F
    September 10, 2014 at 6:31 am

    The simplest method to turn your computer on remotely is Wake on LAN. However, it is not really intended to work over the Internet. Depending on the tool used it requires different ports on your router/modem being forwarded to the computer plus not being filtered out by any other device or server (on your providers end) in between.

    In a best case scenario your router/modem supports to perform WOL itself. Then you simply log into the routers/modem configuration page (remote administration needs to be enabled) and then send the WOL packet from there.

    In Windows 8/8.1 Wake on LAN is only supported from sleep or hibernation state. You will have to turn off Fast startup in the power options and make sure Wake on LAN is enabled in the motherboards configuration
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2776718