Wake on LAN (WOL)

Wake on LAN is a method that enables technicians to boot their local computers remotely, provided they satisfy a few criteria (given below).While trying to troubleshoot a particular computer, you may need to wake powered-off computers to kick-start your troubleshooting process. You can't always walk up to these computers and power them on manually each time, especially if the machine is at a remote location. In such cases, Wake on LAN comes in handy; you can instantly wake computers in your local network. This process involves sending a broadcast message (magic packet), that has the MAC address of the target machine, within a subnetwork. So that, in turn the target computer whose Network Card is running receives and verifies that the message is for itself and boots up the computer.

Remote Access Plus WoL tool - Capabilities

The WoL tool is one of the primary features in Remote Access Plus. Using this tool, you can

  1. Instantly wake computers on-demand before troubleshooting.
  2. Boot computers in the same or different subnet.
  3. Wake any number of computers proving the MAC ID, Subnet and IP address without an agent.
  4. Enable broadcasting and unicasting.
  5. Wake computers in bulk.

How does Remote Access Plus Wake on LAN work?

Upon meeting the prerequisites for Wake on LAN (one of the computer managed by Remote Access Plus should be running), you can directly wake up a shut down computer by logging into your Remote Access Plus web console, switching to the Tools tab and after selecting the Wake on LAN feature, you can click on any computer marked in red (red denotes a shut down computer), and initiate the booting. 

Frequently asked questions in Wake on LAN (WOL)

What is Wake on LAN (WOL)?

Wake on LAN is a tool that enables IT technicians to access remote computers to fix any issue.

Why do you need Wake on LAN (WOL)?

Wake on LAN comes in handy when you have to troubleshoot computers on-demand that are shutdown and you have to wake them up. You can boot up computers without moving from your desk. Wake on LAN is especially helpful if a target computer is situated in a different geographical location.

How does Wake on LAN work?

Wake on LAN is mostly used to awaken computers in the same network. A local network message (magic packet) is sent to the target computer from the Remote Access Plus server. Once the magic packet is executed, the computer will automatically be turned on. Remote Access Plus lets you to instantly wake computers even in different subnets by broadcasting the magic packets to multiple subnets.

How to enable Wake on LAN?

With Remote Access Plus, you can instantly power on computers belonging to same or different subnets. However, there are a few pre-requisites to be met,

  1. To wake computers in a different subnet at least one computer in the specified subnet should be live.
  2. Network settings should be configured to enable IP directed broadcast.
  3. Proper BIOS level settings should be enabled. How to enable BIOS settings?
  4. Ensure proper OS settings.

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Benefits of Wake on LAN

  • Troubleshoot remotely shutdown computers immediately
  • Ease the workflow of other IT administrative tasks by scheduling computers to boot up at a specific time.