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Dual Power Buttons

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#1 theonlybuster


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Posted 01 October 2015 - 01:17 PM

I'm currently towards the end of a totally custom build where I've basically installed a computer inside one of the underneath side panels of a rather large desk. 

I wanted to have a dual power button per-say.  As in one functional power button on the case and another mounted on the desk. 


Now I've seen external power buttons/switches, but nothing that allows for 2 on/off buttons.  At the same time I didn't see any header splitters or similar.  So I just decided to do some wire cutting and splicing, THEN I stopped and started thinking.  Maybe there's a reason why you can't/shouldn't have 2 power buttons on a computer. 


If it's not possible to have 2 power switches, the next thing would be a on/off toggle and a more standard on/off button that would be dependent on the aforementioned toggle being on the "on" position. 

Just more or less looking for feedback or a Y-adapter that will solve my desires. 

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 05:01 AM

Power buttons are generally a momentary contact push to make switch, so are open circuit most of the time. Therefore if you wire switches in parallel you can have as many as you want & they will work independently. (if you wired 2 switches in series you would need to operate both together to turn the PC on of off).

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 06:14 AM

What rqt said is correct. In theory, you should be able to have an infinite amount of ON OFF switches all hooked to the same computer in parallel. Notwithstanding a little theoretical obscurity, you should run into no problems having several dozen in parallel. 


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