Why can’t I get Soft Power On to work on my computer?
The Soft Power On feature of the PowerMate has been discontinued. Here's why we chose to do this.
The Soft Power On feature was very cool when it worked - the problem was it usually didn't. It only worked when the PowerMate is connected directly to a computer that supported this feature. Only very old Apple computers did and Apple no longer includes this feature in ANY of their current models. Windows PCs, PowerBook G4s, iBooks, eMacs, iMacs (Summer 2000 and Later), and PowerMac G4s (MDD and Later) did not support this feature at all.
Most people who bought the PowerMate for this feature were disappointed to then find that their 'computer' didnt support this feature. Rather than continuing to disappoint our customers - our fault or not - we chose to remove this rare capability altogether.
If you really need remote power on capabilities, here is a company that offers a Macintosh USB solution: Sophisticated Circuits- PowerKey Pro
I did a google search for "Sophisticated Circuits- PowerKey Pro" and turned up a HUGE powerbar apparatus that didn't fit my needs at all.
I was hoping for a small dongle-like device that would fit into one of my keyboard's USB ports.
I can't get why Apple would discontinue such a straightforward useful thing like a power-on button.
I mean it's rediculous that to start up my mac I need to have access to the CPU. My setup has my CPU in a server room for security issues so that all hardware and data is locked away. MEANING I need to literally go to the other side of my home to turn on the cpu
I am hoping someone else will have other options for me...
is it for security reasons that you cannot put your mac to sleep and wake up to password protected access?
i think apple wants/thinks every macuser puts their macs to sleep and don't really need to boot the cpu on each and every time.