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I am running Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard on a 2009 iMac. For when I am not home, how can I turn on/start up/boot my Mac over the internet? I have a Verizon Actiontec router if that helps and I will be using a laptop running Windows 7 whenever I am gone.

As a side question, can the free version of LogMeIn be used at the log in screen?

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First you would need to have a static IP for your router or you should set up A dynamic DNS. DynDNS is great but no longer free (as far as I know). I have used no-IP you will need to log in regularly to keep the account active.

This will allow you to connect to your router from the internet. Very useful for many other things.

There is a way to do this but it is very complicated and not sure how it would be done for a mac. (sorry I am a pc)

Some people have used LogMeIn to start a computer over the internet that might be your best choice.

This video may help

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LogMeIn does not start the computer. It can't do anything if the computer is off. – Melab Jan 17 '13 at 19:52

Look into Wake-on-LAN. I don't know, though, if your Actiontec router will let you remotely log into it (the router) and send a Wake-on-LAN packet to your computer. If not, you might consider getting a router that can run DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, which does support this.

Alternatively, there do exist power strips that can be remote-controlled over the network, but they tend to be a more expensive solution.

Update: This link may be helpful.

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Doesn't Wake-on-LAN require a local network? Is it a program, a protocol, or a method? – Melab Jan 17 '13 at 19:54
Yes, it does. It's a part of the Ethernet standard. Also, I added a link my answer that might help. – jjlin Jan 17 '13 at 23:37

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