How to Turn On A Windows Or Linux Computer With Wake-On-LAN (WOL)

Wake On LAN (WOL) is a very handy feature as this allows you to remotely administer any computer with WOL support, as long as if that computer has network access and connected to a power source. To power on a device, WOL uses a specific network packet containing the MAC address of the destination network computer. If the magic packet matching the MAC address of a device is received by a target computer, that PC is turned on. Read through this tutorial to see how you can turn on a windows or linux PC with Wake-On-LAN.  


In order to complete this tutorial successfully the following items are required. Please ensure to have these items available before taking implementation action on this tutorial:
1) A Windows / Linux desktop or laptop computer with support for WAKE ON LAN
2) The Solarwinds FREE Wake-On-Lan Tool or the Solarwinds Dameware Remote Everywhere application.
3) A local area network (LAN).


1) Go into the system BIOS setup utility and enable Wake- On -Lan feature.

Step One: Enable Wake-On-Lan In The System BIOS.

1) The first step to take is to enable the Wake On Lan feature in the system BIOS so that the computer can listen for incoming wake up requests.

Please note that each hardware vendor has a unique setup process on how to enable wake on LAN, however we will show you how to enable it on the well known computers.

If the steps shown here do not help please check on the user manual of your device or look it up on the manufactures support web page for your device.