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I am using Dell Inspiron N5010. It is a heavy laptop and I have probl;em with carrying it. I decide to buy a very light small laptop and carry that and when I need to run a heavy software such as Matlab and etc. , I run it on my heavy Dell laptop through remote desktop. I may even be on a trip and have no access to my home.
Now the problem is that I dont want to hold my Dell laptop 24 hours/day. I want to turn it on by remote only when I need it.
My question is:
Is it possible to turn on a laptop by remote? and does it need any external device?
Posted 20-Oct-11 21:00pm

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There are two issues here:
1) First you need to check if your laptop has "Wake on LAN". If so, then enable it and make sure it is working locally.
2) After that, you will probably need to configure your router to allow the internet connection to be passed through. This may help - I've not tried it myself, but it does seem to be possible. MSDN - How do I do wake on lan over internet?[^]
cardano7 23-Oct-11 13:39pm
Then, is it possible to use wireless instead on LAN, if the router is far from the laptop?
OriginalGriff 24-Oct-11 3:42am
I don't know - but I suspect not. To do that, your laptop would need a "wake on wireless" function, which means keeping the wireless connection open when the laptop is off - this would use a lot of battery power, but is apparently available from Windows 7 onwards.

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