What is Wake on LAN?

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.

How does it 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.

Remote Access Plus WoL tool - Capabilities

  1. Instantly wake computers on-demand before troubleshooting.
  2. Boot computers in the same or different subnet.
  3. No agent required! wake any number of computers proving the MAC ID, Subnet and IP address.
  4. Supports broadcasting and unicasting.
  5. Wake computers in bulk.

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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