Cut down Mac mini power

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bmorris, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. bmorris macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    Is it possible to turn on a Mac mini with a logitech harmony 520 remote?

    If not, which is the case probably,
    When I'm not using it, what's the best way to keep power consumption down?

    I usually have plex, transmission, clutch, printershare, and airmouse server open at login. All hidden except Plex.

    I have it powering off/on close to my usual sleep hours. And the screensaver after 15m.

    As far as display and hard disks to sleep I'm unsure. I have the mini hooked to my main tv. And I use the connected fw800 drive to hold my music. So my laptops use it over wifi for iTunes.
  2. cwaddell2002 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Raleigh, NC
    Running the screen saver is going to use a lot of power - the screen savers are usually processor intensive. Try just telling the display to go to sleep. You can also tell the hard drives to spin down - but really, my mac mini uses maybe 12 - 14 watts of power when on and not doing anything... what kind of power savings are you looking for? If it is serving itunes media to your other machines, then I think this is the best you are going to be able to do...
  3. NJuul macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    You can use the remote to put it into standby mode, it doesn't use much power then.

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