Smart Switch to Remote Reboot iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cpenner, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. cpenner macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2013
    Does anyone know of a way to remotely reboot an iMac? I've run into cases where I've remote connected in and the iMac has frozen, leaving me with no way to deal with it until I get home to hard reboot it.

    I'm thinking maybe using something like the Elgato Eve Switch connected to HomeKit, with the iMac plugged into that, and then using the Eve to kill power to the iMac, turning the Eve's power back on, and then the iMac's "Startup automatically after a power failure" might bring it back to life.

    I'm assuming it's more than just me wishing to be able to remotely hard reboot a Mac. Has anyone else had experience in this?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If the iMac is hung, then there's no way to remote into it.

    Does your iMac keep hanging?
  3. cpenner thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2013
    Not normally, no. But I'm going to be away for a month and I need access to remote into my iMac frequently during that time. I have had the iMac freeze while using TeamViewer once, and attempts to remote in using other apps (Parallels Access, LogMeIn) to fix TeamViewer proved futile because the entire iMac was hung. There was no fix except a hard reboot.

    Now, I can't really deal with this while I am away for a month, and I'm just trying to be proactive in having a solution for the off chance this happens while I am away.

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