Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Wake Up Your System From Remote Location | Wake On Lan

Remote Desktop Connection let you assume control of the remote system as if you were there. Your monitor shows a view of the far-away screen, and your mouse controls the remote pointer (Read more on Using Remote Desktop Connection | Virtual Network Computing).

Remote Desktop Connection works fine when the remote system is on and running, how about a system that is not on and the system that is shutdown / sleeps. How To Wake Up Your System From Remote Location? Here we use Wake-On-Lan (WOL).

Modern PCs may support wake-on-lan. If you are using an ethernet chipset that supports this. You may have to enable wake-on-lan in your BIOS or Network card BIOS. Your PC turns itself on when it receives a special packet. If you are on DSL, it may be useful to wake your PC up from a remote location.
All you need do is specify your IP address, and your MAC address. These can be found by using winipcfg command for windows, or ifconfig for Linux. Some Macs display the MAC address on a sticker.

If you are logged in, we will also remember your targets so you can repeat the wake-on-lan packet generation with one click.

You'll need the IP and MAC addresses of the sleeping computer to wake it up. You can easily get these off the PC, but that won't work if you need to access it remotely over the Internet and if a router stands between the PC and the outside world. In that case, you'll need to know your router's IP and MAC addresses. Look up these details in your router's administration area (by default u can find these details in your router's administration area using this ip address: 192.168.1.1).

To find your PC's IP and MAC addresses, click Start, Run, type cmd, and press OK. Type ipconfig / all, and press Enter. Locate the ethernet IP address and the physical address (known elsewhere as the MAC address)--the set of six pairs of numbers and letters that appear beneath the ethernet adapter in the Wireless Network Configuration area. (Just remember to omit the dashes or colons in the MAC address.)
Once you have those addresses, you can wake up the remote PC with a visit to DSL Reports' Wake On LAN page. (To remind you again, omit the dashes or colons when you enter the MAC address.) 
If this doesn't work with your router's addresses, consult the router's documentation for instructions on how to open port 9; the wake-up prompt will be sent to that destination.
Although the Windows Remote Assistance (Remote Desktop Connection) feature is quite powerful, an even more flexible option exists... Read More On : Alternatives To Remote Assistance

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