Imagine the following situation: you’ve just taken a shower, and going for a nap, but you forgot to turn off your PC in the living room. Instead of walking, you can shut down your PC using your mobile phone from the comfort of your bed!
Ingredients needed for this delicious treat:
- Mobile phone that has WiFi connectivity, runs Symbian S60, and has SymNC installed,
- WiFi connection in your home/office,
- PC that is turned on and connected to that WiFi network.
This remarkable tool consists of 6 applications, as shown on the picture below:
- Network File Browser,
- Network-Attached Storage (also available as standalone application – SymNAS),
- Remote Desktop client (SymRDP as standalone app, only for S60v5),
- PPTP VPN client (as you’ve probably guessed – SymVPN),
- Network mp3 player (SymPlayer),
- Wireless file synchronization (SymSync)
Click on the image to see it in full size.
OK, lets begin with the tutorial. Launch the SymNC, and you will see the following screen, or a similar one:
Scroll down till you get to the “Network” field and click on it.
Now you need to select the access point that connects your phone to your computer network. Your PC must also be connected to this network.
After a few seconds, you will see the list of computers that are currently connected to your wireless network.
Scroll down to the PC you want to shutdown/reboot and click “Options”:
Now select “Shutdown/Reboot”, and you will be at the following screen. As usually, I’ll go field by field.
1. Server Name – this field is read-only, meaning you cannot change it. Basically, this is the name of the PC you selected.
2. Message – you can also leave this blank, or you can type in any message, that will be shown on the PC’s screen. For example, you can mess around with your family members by typing in “Error! Your PC will shut down now.”, etc… The following two images show this field, and the popup message on the PC:
3. Timeout – the value of this field represents delay (in seconds) of the shutdown/reboot. Default value is 30 seconds, but you can fill in (any) number, for example 60.
4. Force application close – here you can select “Yes” or “No”, in order to kill the non-responsive programs on your PC (the ones that are refusing to close properly). I usually select “Yes”, just in case.
5. Shutdown/Reboot – select Shutdown if you want to turn off your PC, or Reboot if you want to restart it.
That pretty much does the job, all you need to do now is click “Done”, and your PC will do the selected action after the selected period of time.
I’ve also made a video tutorial, and you can watch it here: