Intel readies new "Remote Wake" feature

By on August 14, 2008, 11:45 AM
Currently, putting a computer to sleep pretty much gets rid of any type of activity going on. But Intel is getting ready to release new motherboard designs with a “Remote Wake” feature that will enable desktop PCs to retain certain functionality, even when they are in a power saving sleep mode.

This is not an entirely new feature, as it has been previously been available on Intel’s enterprise-focused vPro platforms so that IT administrators can carry out remote updates on PCs within their organizations. For consumers, however, these new remote wake motherboards will give them a way to turn on their PCs remotely for an incoming call and to start or resume media downloads – in addition to many other potential uses.

The idea is to give people access to their PCs at all times, while cutting back on energy costs. Among the first companies to capitalize on the technology will be VoIP provider Jajah, Orb and Pando Networks. Motherboards with this new technology will ship out next month, and will require an Internet connection via an Ethernet cable – since sleeping PCs and notebooks don’t leave Wi-Fi connectivity enabled.

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Rick said:
[quote]and will require an Internet connection via an Ethernet cable[/quote]How is this different than [url=]WOL[/url] which has been around for at least 15 years? Just forward UDP port 9 to the PC you want to wake up and send that 'magic packet.. voila. There are websites out there that will [url=]do this for you[/url] as well as software, much of which is free.
JoshProStar said:
WOL is not secure and not as reliable as this new technology. You can get a full deep dive on the technology @ or check out the Centrino2 wiki / resource page @ [url][/u
l] there are also new capabilites in the Firmware that make this compelling for the home user when they have a problem below the OS layer.Josh Hilliker (Intel Corporation).
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