I was able to reduce my power consumption and still maintain availability with a little help from technology! By making use of DD-WRT and my computer's BIOS settings I am now able to access my computer remotely when needed and allow scheduled tasks to run without having to leave my computer on all the time.
I used the open source DD-WRT firmware to set up a wireless bridge between my access point and my PC which is in another room. That allowed me to use Wake On LAN (WOL) to power up my computer remotely. I then changed the settings in my computer's BIOS and in Windows to allow WOL to start my computer from whatever state it was in. Lastly I used a BIOS setting to power my computer on every night at 3AM for scheduled maintenance tasks.
To complete this project you will need:
2 Linksys WRT54GL routers or any other supported router
1 Energy Saving Smart Strip
A couple of short ethernet cables
A few hours
A bit of patience!
Follow along to see how it was done!