Post by J. Clarke
On Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:36:59 -0700, Peter Flass
It still is if the functionality is turned on on the PC. Any modern
PC goes into a soft-off state where the power button on the front
panel instead of physically switching the mains or battery power
instead triggers a watchdog circuit that starts the power-up process.
The wake-on-lan functionality is generally switchable by a BIOS
setting or a jumper depending on the particular system.
It's actually useful in a corporate environment where somebody can
switch a machine on at 2AM to install updates or whatever. I can say
with some confidence however that my employer keeps it turned off and
may have the routers set to block the "magic packet" as well. I say
this because if somebody inadvertently shuts off a machine in the
office while working remotely, somebody has to physically go press the
power button to get it back up.
This does _not_ work however if the power is physically interrupted
(any machine that I build has a power switch on the power supply that
interrupts the mains power in addition to the soft-power button on the
To be safe, one should unplug the computer.
I used assemble my computers, (bought a Lenovo last time) and one way
of checking the power supply was to see if the Ethernet light was on or
off, EVEN before it was switched on (fan working)
My original message was about the hayes commands, which are no longer
relevent. I remember setting up the amiga in a friends house, going to
park in front of an office, and watching the activity when the Amiga
rang the individual phones in the office, and security people there
tried to find out what was happening. Daft, of course.
there was a local BBS, based on an amiga, which was very popular, until
the owner bought a PC, and the listings changed from freeware to
shareware. Did anyone ever use a PC for fun?