It takes a bit of work to set it up, but yes you can access your computers at home, turn them on, reboot, use them and shut them off by remote. Works fine with XP,Vista & Windows 7 in any combination.
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The instructions on this page tell you how to set up your computer so it will boot by remote. I use it to start my home desktop computer and server computer that I only run when needed.
Use Teamviewer for the actual remote control. It has a module that you can set up with a user ID and permanent remote password.
The procedure is:
1)Set up Teamviewer with the above module, and it will run whenever the computer is started. Uses minimal resources, so not a problem during normal at home use.
2)Use the above url page to start the computer from anywhere there is an internet connection. It's called WOL (Wake On Lan, there are many such pages, this is the one I have used successfully.
Note: There are some settings on the computer that may have to be set to ensure WOL is active. Also when you start the computer from remote, there is a delay of about 30 sec. to a minute before you can connect with Teamviewer.
I have used this method for several years to access my desktop and server computers from as far away as Florida. (I live in Nova Scotia, Canada.) It is just like sitting at your computer at home, file transfers, etc. can be done. However, anything involving heavy graphics will create a lag, as will some programs. For accessing files it is ideal.
This is a popular topic. I may consider putting full instructions on my website in the future.
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