Vista and Wake on LAN

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Tim, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I have my computer set to turn on remotely. For those who don't know, it
    involves a bios setting to enable wake up via a signal ("Magic Packet") sent
    over the network. This all works fine in Vista (as it did in XP), but only
    if the computer is completely off. However, if the computer is in sleep
    mode, sending the wake up signal doesn't do anything.

    This question may be a little esoteric for this group, but I've searched and
    can't find any answers anywhere. Is there some setting that will allow me
    to remotely wake the computer from sleep mode? Thanks.
    Tim, Oct 3, 2006
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  2. Tim

    Bill Frisbee Guest


    As far as I know WOL only turns on your system with Vista (at least
    thats the only thing the Vista documentation mentions). Have you checked to
    see if there are any specific WOL settings in your system BIOS?

    Bill F.
    Bill Frisbee, Oct 3, 2006
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  3. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Yes, there are a number of bios settings relating to wake up - WOL has to be
    specifically enabled in the bios. But nothing that might relate to wake up
    from sleep state. There must be a solution to this problem. It's a little
    ironic that in order to turn on my computer, it must be completely off
    rather than just sleeping.
    Tim, Oct 3, 2006
  4. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I figured out the solution to this, and it's pretty easy. When in sleep
    mode, the NIC is still active. So, all you have to do is send some signal,
    like a ping, to your computer over the network, and the computer will wake.
    But first you must enable the NIC by going to its properties in the device
    manager, power management tab, and checking "Allow this device to wake the
    computer." This is not checked by default.
    Tim, Oct 4, 2006
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