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Wake on LAN feature and settings

Wake on LAN (WoL) is a technology that permits someone to turn ON a computer remotely.  The network adapter on the computer listens to network activity and will turn the computer ON once it receives a special data packet called a “Magic Packet” that triggers the boot up.  Wake on LAN is also referred to as Remote Wake-up.

For Wake on LAN to work on a computer, it must have the following:

•   a wired connection to an active computer network
•   motherboard
•   network adapter and adapter driver that supports the standard Magic Packet format
•   computer basic input/output system (BIOS) configured for WoL
•   an operating system that supports WoL
•   all routers between the remote location and computer required to WoL must allow IP directed broadcasts and support IPv4

NOTE:  For information if your operating system supports WoL, you may contact the manufacturer’s technical support.

To enable Wake on LAN on your computer, click on the applicable operating system:

Windows 7 / Vista
Windows XP

Windows 7 / Vista

Step 1:
Right-click the Computer icon and select Properties.

 

Step 2:
Click Device Manager.

 

Step 3:
Click the arrow beside Network adapters to expand the category.  Right-click the network adapter of your computer and select Properties.

 

Step 4:
Click the Advanced tab.  Under Property, select Wake on Magic Packet with Value set to Enabled.

 

Step 5:
Click OK.

Windows XP

Step 1:
Right-click the Computer icon and select Properties.

Step 2:
Click Device Manager, right-click on the network adapter and click on Properties.

 

Step 3:
Select the Advanced tab.  Under Property, select Wake on Settings with the Value set to Wake on Magic & Directed.

 

Step 4:
Click OK.

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