Do you want to turn on your computer remotely?
Possibly from a different room in your home? Perhaps from your backyard? PERHAPS from a seashore in the Bahama islands?
I hope to help people understand exactly what Wake on LAN (WOL) is and how to use it.
If you have an Xbox 360 Console and have ever switched it on and loaded media center with the computer turned off, you might realize your computer will automatically turn on.
How does this happen?
Well, when the Xbox 360 does not get a response from the computer, it’ll send a “magic packet” to your computer. This particular magic packet will turn on your computer as long as it has the WOLfeature enabled. Most advanced Macs and PCs support WoL and have it enabled automatically.
A packet is usually sent over UDP 9 to a network address (often called MAC address) to the particular broadcast address on the network. If you have a device on your network which is connected to a network cable with that MAC address, it’ll power up. You can easily do this to your PC/MAC which is currently in a powered down state or in sleep mode. And if you want to make your computer work correctly while you are operating it from miles away, you better get your hands on the best WOL Software from ITTSystems.com. Kind of cool right?
Enable Wake-on-LAN in Windows 7
To begin the process, you have to make sure you have all the configuration settings for WoL turned on. There are many locations in which you’ll have to go and turn on or configure a feature. If you have missed any of these steps, WoL won’t work.
- First of all, you need to go into the properties of your Ethernet Port which is currently in use and active. To go into the properties, right-click the available adapter and select properties. This opens a dialog box. Select “Configure.”
- Go to the “Advanced” and find the option “Wake on Magic Packet.” After you found it, enable it.
- Then go to Power Management. There you will see 3 boxes. Check all those boxes.
Make sure that you have done all these steps carefully. The next step is to install Windows service for Wake-on-LAN.
- Go to “Control Panel” and open “Programs and Features.”
- When you enter in Programs and Features, click “Turn Windows Features on or off” option available on the left side of the window.
- After that, you will need to install the TCP/IP service. Find “Simple TCPIP services” and click the checkbox next to it.
After all the above steps, make sure that you have turned on the service located in administrator tools.
- Then go to the windows firewall settings and open UDP for port 9.
- In order to open the new rule wizard, you will need to go into the control panel and click windows firewall. On the left side, select “Advanced Settings.” Click inbound rules then new rule.
- In order to specify port 9, create a new port rule and apply that rule to UDP.
- Once you have done all this, make sure that the Wake-on-LAN feature is effortlessly turned on in the router port and the BIOs and make sure that Port 9 of the machine with WoL is enabled.
To wake up your personal computer with WoL setup you have to send a Magic Packet to wake your machine up.