Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/170716/how-to-stop-network-activity-from-waking-your-windows-pc/
Have you ever had your PC turn on in the middle of the night for some unknown reason. It’s probably either network connectivity or someone connecting a USB device.
Are you KIDDING?
I use Plex to serve multimedia data to 3 ROKU boxes, and my Iphone when I am in the gym
I run on the treadmill after waking my server up using Logmein free.. Logmein uses my always on low power gateway DNS server (running Logmein) to wake up the server. It then starts serving movies to the iphone over the internet. I even setup the server to boot from SSD drive so it boots up fast. AT that point I can start watching movies. total time is as low as 30-90 seconds from iphone power-up. Much more interesting. Especially with bluetooth headphones.
I am still working on how to get the ROKU boxes to send a wakeup packets, but I understand that Roku may create (or has by now) a wakeup channel,that can send a magic packet, then open Plex on the roku ..I looked for months and months to find this particular combination, but it works. From the internet, from anywhere in the world, and it's totally free (except the internet connection) and the cost of the PlexPass which is minimal.
I will setup my wifes android phone so she can watch home movies from china next week when there for business.
One point, I have set the magic packet and logmein knows to send it.. so my server never wakes up from network activity..
Many thanks. Worked for me.Now the pc stays asllep until I move the mouse.