I’m a newbie in the process of setting up OSMC on a Pi3. The setup process is mostly going well. I generally like the look and feel of OSMC and it seems to run pretty well on the Pi. I’ve had a couple issues that I’ve been able to work through with the help of the good folks on this site.
I plan to use OSMC on the Pi as a PVR connected to the TV in my living room. I have NextPVR running on a backend Windows 10 desktop in another room, which I’ve connected to the Pi without trouble.
Before purchasing the Pi, I configured Kodi on a Windows 7 laptop and connected it via a docking station to my TV, with NextPVR running on the Windows 10 backend. That setup runs very well, but I want to reclaim my laptop for other uses. Enter the Pi.
I’ve configured Kodi on the laptop to send a wake-on-lan packet to the desktop on Kodi startup. I “exit” Kodi on the laptop if I’m not going to use it for awhile and have to re-start it when I want to use it again. That re-start wakes up the backend. (I have the backend set to go to sleep after an hour of inactivity.)
I’d like to be able to configure the Pi/OSMC to do the same thing or something similar, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to do it, or indeed if it can be done. I’ve spent a lot of time searching this site for answers, but so far I haven’t found anything helpful.
I’ve navigated to Settings > System > Power Savings and turned on “Try to wakeup remote servers on access”. If I leave the Pi/OSMC for more than an hour, the backend goes to sleep and no amount of “access” on the Pi wake the backend up. Moreover, if I choose to “exit” OSMC, it just restarts after a few seconds, and when I return over an hour later it’s already running and nothing I do will wake the backend. If I choose to “reboot” when I return to the Pi, it reboots into OSMC but the backend doesn’t wake up. Indeed I get the message that the PVR could not be loaded for an unknown reason. (The reason is the backend is sleeping.)
I think I’m probably doing something wrong or missing a setting somewhere. Can I configure the Pi/OSMC to achieve the kind of “wakeup” functionality I have on the laptop or something similar? I would appreciate any suggestions.