I'd like to have a system at home to control my computer so I can boot it to different operating systems remotely and power-cycle it. Rack-mount servers have had this capability for years (IPMI). A few years ago I found an external system that you could plug in the computer power, video, keyboard, mouse, and network that would allow you to fully control the computer remotely over the network (just like IPMI, but for any PC), but IIRC that one was $200+ and I can't even find that one anymore.
I would like a device that transfers the following over the network to a remote computer for complete control from anywhere with an internet connection:
it must be:
- quiet (for home use)
- less than $100
bonus points for:
- CD/DVD drive remote emulation (mount image from remote computer)
- General USB devices (plug device into controlling computer and use remotely)
Alternative solutions I'm already familiar with that don't fit the bill and why:
Remote Desktop and VNC do some of this, but cannot control power remotely, and can't function without the OS running, so they don't allow remote reboot to a different operating system or remote reboot when a system is not responding.
Smart Power Switches will allow remote power cycling but still won't allow selection of a dual-boot operating system.