Does anyone know of a relatively cheap solution to start a computer running vvvv automatically.
I have been using the bios to have the computer start by itself before, but I would it seems that this feature is not in all bios’es and the bios battery might run out.
I have been looking at using the dd-wrt firmware for routers to do this, but the way it needs to be set up to send WOL packets at a certain time scares me a bit. it can sen out WOL packets at regular intervals quite easily, but no option for sync’ing these with time of day.
I am thinking that I am not the first one to want this so I can’t help thinking that such a think must exist.
I am thinking about a little router like device with ethernet that quite easily can be setup to send commands over ethernet.
I know there are DIY solutions, but I would like to have a plug and play solution I can trust will do what it is told everyday.
As you already mentioned, most Mainboards/BIOS have an option to wake the computer at a certain time, most likely called “Wake on Alarm” or something similar. I´d go for this . In case the BIOS battery runs out WOL won´t work either.
You could also set the BIOS to “Power on after Powerfail” and use an “intelligent Power Distribution Unit” that is programmable and accessible via Network or just a cheap timer switch to power up the computer (VVVV would be used to savely power it down before turning off the power).
Another possibility: rewire the computer´s power button to some kind of relais that is in turn connected to an arduino or something similar that runs a simple program to switch it.
I’ve used timer swiches, the kind you run lights off at home, to turn off the power after everything had shut down and then switch it on in the morning with an auto on on power fail in the bios, worked fine…