Using Wake on LAN

To empower Intelliware’s initiatives on reducing CO2 production by Hibernating workstations when possible, I present you a quick how-to on using Wake On Lan(WOL) feature to power the machines on remotely.

Necessity to Remote Desktop to a machine is no longer an excuse to keep it running extra hours.

To prepare your workstation to Wake on Lan:

  1. Know the machine’s MAC address(see below) and ip address
  2. Reboot into BIOS(by pressing F2 shortly after restart)
  3. Once in, proceed to “Power Management” branch and into “Remote Wake Up” page
  4. Press Enter to change settings, move the cursor to “On” and enter again to leave the window.
  5. Press Esc and choose “Save/Exit” as an option
  6. In Windows under Control Panel, open “Network Connections”
  7. Right click on your connection and open Properties
  8. Press “Configure…”, go to the “Advanced” tab, and under “Wake Up Capabilities” select an option that allows Magic Packet
  9. Press OK
  10. Reboot once for settings to take effect. (maybe optional, but recommended)
  11. Shut down or Hibernate

To wake the computer remotely using WOL – Magic Packet Sender:

  • download WOL – Magic Packet Sender v1.5 from or copy it from ‘iwdbackupiwd_appsWOL Magic Packet SenderWakeOnLan.exe’ (note: it requires no installation, just run)
  • download .NET Framework Version 2.0 from Microsoft Download Center or copy it from ‘iwdbackupiwd_appsWOL Magic Packet Senderdotnetfx.exe’
    1. Run WakeOnLan.exe
    2. Type hostname or an ip address of the sleeping workstation under “Host name” field
    3. Type the subnet mask, which is
    4. Type the MAC address of the machine to be waked (Note: to find the MAC address, see below)
    5. Leave the Protocol and Port setting as default
    6. Click “Send”
    7. Wait a little for machine to start and then you can access it.

    Getting the MAC address of the pod you plan to wake:

    • type ipconfig /all in command promt
      if you want to do it remotely, type ping (ip address of the sleeping pod) and then arp -a in command prompt.

    Good luck.

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