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REMOTE PC SWITCH FOR ZERO LATENCY RETURN FROM POWER DOWN

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006593D
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 14K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a device which puts a personal computer (PC) into a sleep state and reactivates the PC by remote control. The device consists of a wireless remote control unit with a battery and a small amount of memory

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REMOTE PC SWITCH FOR ZERO LATENCY RETURN FROM POWER DOWN

Disclosed is a device which puts a personal computer (PC) into a sleep state and reactivates the PC by remote control. The device consists of a wireless remote control unit with a battery and a small amount of memory.

Currently there is no known way to remotely wake up a PC from a power-down state. Software timers to turn off a PC do exist, but they do not allow for flexibility in timing. There are also personal computers which are equipped with telephone answering machine that awaken the PC when the telephone rings. Today’s wireless entry systems in automobiles embodies the same principle as the disclosed device. The disclosed device works exactly like a car remote locking device. The user carries a small battery powered wireless device which may be attached to a key ring or other portable item. This method is preferable in many ways to the manual method of pressing control-alt-delete on the computer keyboard.

To operate the disclosed device, the user presses a one-button control to switch the PC on and off. The down state of the PC may be configured for password protection mode or sleep state, the latter being the more common. Operation is as follows:

1.      To power down, simply push button and the PC gets a wireless signal to immediately put the system into either a password protection mode or a power-down state.

2.      To reactivate a PC, push same button and the PC gets a wireless signal to bring it back to life. The PC...