One great advantage of having your computer connected to the Internet is your ability to access that computer remotely and retrieve any information from it that you might need. One of the companies providing this service is LogMeIn. By installing a small application on your computer and creating an online account with LogMeIn, you're set to go. But if you're away from home for a longer period of time and want your computer to go into Sleep mode, you may not be able to access the computer. By making some changes to your LogMeIn account and the computer, this problem is solved.
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Open LogMeIn on your computer and click "Properties." Click the "Advanced" tab. Place a check mark next to "Enable Wake On LAN from sleep and power off," then click "OK."
Restart your PC, and before Windows starts up access the BIOS set-up on your computer. Navigate to the section containing the "Wake on LAN" setting and enable it. Save your new BIOS settings then reboot the computer. This step is for a PC only.
Navigate to the "System Preferences" on your Mac OS computer. Open the "Energy Saver" settings and place a check mark to the left of "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" and one to the left of "Wake for network access." This step is for Mac OS only.
Set your computer to go into "Stand-by," "Sleep" or "Hibernation" mode when not in use.
Tips and warnings
- LogMeIn is designed to work only with Microsoft Windows and Mac OS at this time.
- In order for the "Wake on LAN" to function properly, you must have another LogMeIn host already online on the same network. You can wake any computer that is running Windows while it is powered off via LogMeIn, but not a Mac OS. The only computer modes supported by LogMeIn are "Stand-by," "Sleep" and "Hibernation."
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