External/remote power button for mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by antimax, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. antimax macrumors newbie

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    Hello, basically, I keep my mac mini in a drawer. It's sort of a pain to access every time I want to turn it on, and I'm wondering if anyone is aware of a cable/converter/kit or something I could buy to extend my mac mini's power button, so I could have a button on my desk or something to press and turn on the computer. Seems like a simple enough idea, but I haven't been able to find something like this on the internet!

    And yes, I'm aware that I can just sleep/wake the computer, but I turn off the power strip that my computer is hooked up to every night, so I need to actually be able to turn the computer on remotely. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not a great idea, as it could interfere with cooling. I'd leave it where air can circulate and hot air can dissipate more freely.

    Mac mini - Important Product Information Guide
     
  3. antimax thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I know, the drawer is actually made of a metal mesh-type material, so there are no air flow issues.

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    Hey flopticalcube, Does this mean that when I turn on the power strip, my mac mini will start up?
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Yes, you may need to sleep the computer rather than shut it down first.
     
  5. antimax thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tip, flopticaltube. I checked that box in system preferences, put my computer to sleep, then flipped the power strip off. When I flipped it back on, the computer started up! Very cool. But I wonder, do you think there could be any harm done to my computer by turning it off via the power strip while it's in sleep mode every day?
     

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