One of the more annoying aspects of my Raspberry Pi as a media center device experiences is the whole powering it up situation. I've got the Pi set up so that it will power down gracefully when the television powers down (through CEC), but powering back up has always entailed getting off of my American butt, unplugging the power supply, and plugging it back in. Every thing else in my entertainment center was powered on and otherwise controlled by my Logitech Harmony One remote, why not my Pi?
Then I came up with this idea, a remote controlled power outlet
. Logitech Harmony remotes will control this specific outlet, so in theory all I would have to do is plug the Pi into this outlet and add a couple of item-specific functions to my "Raspberry Pi" function that would turn on everything else in my entertainment center. I'd likely have to send an "OFF" and "ON" signal to the outlet, because theoretically no signal is sent to the outlet during the power down sequence to allow for the Pi to shut down completely.
Has anyone tried this? I'm pretty sure that I'm going to, but not until after vacation in early May. I will, of course, report back if anyone is interested.
Google is a helluva drug.