Remoteboot is a hardware remote management console that allows you to monitor the activity of a desktop computer and to physically turn the it on or off via a web interface from anywhere.
It allows for the computer to remain accessible from the internet while it is off by enabling it to be turned on remotely and traditional software such as Teamviewer, VNC or SSH can be used to access programs and files. It helps to reduce the idle power consumption of your computer by 99%.
Wake on Lan (WOL) is another technology which enables a computer to wake up from shutdown. Remoteboot has some advantages over WOL:
- It does not require router support, while WOL requires router support of WOL forwarding for access via the Internet. Unfortunately, this feature is lacking in most consumer routers and only ubiquitous in enterprise routers.
- Remoteboot supports all desktop computers, while WOL requires motherboard support, which can vary depending on manufacturer and isn’t available on all boards.
- Remoteboot connects via WiFi, while WOL requires ethernet, which many desktop computers do not use.
- Remoteboot is a completely separate device which cannot be affected by the computer. But WOL is often unreliable in the event that the power is cycled, remote access software fails, the computer crashes or encounters a hard shutdown.
- Remoteboot can be accessed using just a web browser, on desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile phones, while WOL requires specialised software to send requests.
All Remoteboot devices come with access to the Remoteboot Cloud, providing a secure central location for you to control all your devices. It allows you to manage multiple devices without signing in and out of each one as well as provide a dynamic DNS service.
Remoteboot is a separate hardware device connected to your computer which contains a wifi chipset and a processor. It runs a web server which allows configuration of the device as well as the control and monitoring of your computer via the Remoteboot Cloud account on your device or the web interface.
- Chipset: ESP8266 12-E
- Two digital switching outputs (for power and reset buttons)
- Two digital protected inputs (for power and activity LEDs)
- 3 extra general purpose inputs/outputs broken out
It is not compatible with laptop computers, all in ones or apple iMacs as it requires standard power and reset interfaces.
A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is already funded, early bird prices are gone, but bakers can get it for the pledge of $25 AUD. An estimated delivery is on Apr 2016.