I built a HTPC and it will be located in the HT. It is not on 24/7. It will be powered up/down as needed.
I will have several repeaters/mini-HTPC's located in other rooms throughout the home. These device will be used to to access the HTPC located in the HT since it will have all the media.
I have the iMON remote for the main HTPC and can use it to power up/down the HTPC. I assume I could use learning remotes in the other rooms to remotely power up/down the main HTPC so the local extender/mini-HTPC can access the main HTPC to get to the media.
Would I use some sort of IR blaster which uses RF to send the signals to the other blaster ? The home will be ~ 4300sqft (2 story plus a basement located HTPC).
Easy to script a WOL command for the remote systems to wake up the server. For the extenders you'll need an IR distribution system to send a wake up signal to the server that is linked to the software you're running on it to wake up.