Parallel Port Power Control Utility

*Update I’ve released a new version of Power Control *

*Check out the new Post Here*

As promised when I posted about the print server power control Hack, I’ve finally gotten around to writing a little windows app to control devices from the system tray. The utility is called PowerTray, it can control local devices or devices connected to a networked computer as long as they are also managed by PowerTray.

PowerTray Screenshot

PowerTray can also integrate with MyPowerControl in MediaPortal HTPC system. If you’re using this with MediaPortal then only install either PowerTray or the MyPowerControl plug-in in a single computer not both!

Source is available in the MediaPortal plug-ins SVN
Version History (2009-03-21)
-Lots of little bug fixes and better error handling (2008-08-24)
-Initial release

0.3.0 –  (Read about and download the new version of PowerControl)

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4 Responses to Parallel Port Power Control Utility

  1. Ole October 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    Hello Rhys,

    Been looking for this the last 5 years , just love it 🙂
    wold it be possible to control the Velleman p8055
    witch gives you:
    5 digital inputs
    2 analogue inputs
    8 digital open collector output
    2 analogue outputs

    i might donate one for you 😉 if that wold “inspire” you
    best regards from Norway

    • Rhys October 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Ole,

      Thanks for your comment. I could add support for the Velleman P8055. What would you use the P8055 for? Turning the outputs on/off should be easy enough to add to PowerTray but how would you like to see the inputs or analogue outputs handled? Of course it would be easier to do if I had the device to work with but I can take a look at the software samples to see what I can work out. Do you already have one of these devices? I could get you to do some testing?


  2. Darius August 25, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    Hello Rhys,

    How about using printerport input pins to send some info back to PC ?
    Best regards from Lithuania,

    • Rhys October 3, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

      Yeah I’ve thought about that but not really to sure how to do it. Let me know if find something out!

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