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How to reboot a computer through a phone-call?

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Hello,

I am using PcAnywhere via the internet on a remote machine and sometimes it happens that the connection gets hung up and the whole computer freezes.  The only solution is to manually reboot the computer (which re-opens PcAnywhere again).

My idea:
If I hooked up a special modem/hardware-box to that computer and to a phoneline then I could make a phonecall to this hardware-box, possibly type in an authorization code and the hardware-box would interrupt and restore the power-supply to the computer, which would force the machine to reboot. (It's a DOS-machine that I connect to through SPX network), so no keypresses necessary after reboot).

My question:
Does such a modem/hardware-box exist?  All it should do basically is to control the power-supply to a computer and cut it off if it is called by phone.

Thank you for your advice.

Kind regards
Reinhard
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by:Bannerman
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What you're looking for is standard in a lot of home automation systems, but for a whole package you're looking at a large chunk of change. I understand what type of gadget you're looking for; good luck finding something cost effective!
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by:rhoepperger
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Thanks Bannerman, It seems to me that the problem is a common one, but there are not many solutions for that problem that I can buy ready in a store :))  I will keep looking...

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X10 has a product like this:

Controller: X10's TR16A ($39.99)
http://www.x10.com/products/x10_tr16a.htm

Module: X10's AM466 ($13.99)
http://www.x10.com/products/x10_am466.htm
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by:rhoepperger
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Perfect!  Thanks a lot Bannerman!

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