Turn on wake-on-lan in Vista

Now that Vista is out and defaulting to “hybrid sleep” (sleep then hibernate… it’s a very nice and eco-friendly default power setting), those of us that have machines we routinely need to connect into remotely need to enable our network cards to be able to wake up the machine.

Now, I don’t claim to be an expert in Wake-on-LAN by any means, but turning it on is pretty simple, and then TS connections (tcp port 3389, assuming default port) and ping’s (icmp echo’s) both seem to wake up the machine fine.


Open NIC config

– Start -> control panel -> network and sharing center -> manage network connections -> rclick / properties on the network device

Turn on Wake-on-LAN

– Configure -> power management -> allow this device to wake the computer


3 thoughts on “Turn on wake-on-lan in Vista

  1. I think you’ve got a couple of things mixed up.

    First, the hybrid sleep in Vista does not make the computer hibernate after your computer has been asleep set amount of time. What hybrid sleep does is save the state of your computer to both your hard disk and RAM, the computer then enters sleep mode. The reason your current session is saved to your hard disk is so that you can resume your session in case of a power outage. please see http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/335c6a5d-0304-4af1-b135-6bf6c124dc111033.mspx#EOMAC

    Second, the settings you described will wake your computer from sleep mode, but it is not true wake on LAN as it will not turn your computer on if it is fully powered down (either in hibernate mode or turned off). With true wake on LAN you must send a special “magic” packet to your computer to turn it on. Both your NIC and motherboard BIOS must support this functionality. A good wake on LAN FAQ can be found at http://www.depicus.com/wake-on-lan/what-is-wake-on-lan.aspx

    Hope this helps clear some things up.

  2. As always, this stupid f*^&%# idiots leave us with no real solution . . . only more frustrations with the windoze world

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