Turn on a Computer with Alexa (Easy Alternative to Wake-on-Lan)
I’ve been looking for a simple way to turn on my computerwith Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant for the past couple of years. Something that doesn’t require complex network configurations or a VPN and another computer running on my network to use wake-on-lan.
Then I stumbled on the Switchbot for around $30. It’s a thing of a beauty. A little pill bottle sized robot with a cute little arm that pushes buttons. This thing is the perfect alternative to use Alexa for a wake-on-lan setup.
You’ll also need the Switchbot hub to make the Switchbot accessible to cloud services like Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.
Now on those late Saturday mornings I just kindly ask Alexa to turn on my computer and then turn on Steam so those pesky updates are installed and ready to go by the time I’m motivated enough to get out of my bed.
Because this device also works with IFTTT you could have it automatically turn on your PC when you get to your house! My #lazynerd ideas are virtually unlimited with this cool little robot.
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