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android wake on lan appIf you’re a techie, one of the first things you do when you walk in the door is turn on your computer. Perhaps you simply tap your keyboard or mouse, or maybe you press the power button. Either way, you have to be at your computer before you can start it.

Wouldn’t it be easier if your computer was ready for you as soon as you sat down? If you own an Android device, that’s possible thanks to a free app called PC Auto Waker. The setup can be a little complex, but the payoff makes it worthwhile.

The Quick & Easy Setup

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Once you’ve downloaded PC Auto Waker off the Android marketplace, you’ll need to set it up so that it has the ability to communicate with your computer. It depends on 802.11 WiFi, but it’s not necessary for each computer to have WiFi hardware. The PC you’d like to wake only needs to be connected to a broadcasting WiFi router.

The basic setup consists of three steps. First, you’ll need to enter a name for the computer you’re going to wake. This name DOES NOT have to be the same as the computer’s network name. This is merely a way of identifying the computer in the app’s interface.

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After that, you’ll need to enter the MAC address of the target computer. Do a Windows Search for  “cmd” to open your command line interface, then type ipconfig/all and press enter. The MAC address will appear as a string of six two-digit numbers labeled Physical Address.

Finally, you need to enter the SSID How to Hide Your Wi-Fi Network & Prevent It From Being Seen How to Hide Your Wi-Fi Network & Prevent It From Being Seen Wireless networks are inherently less secure than wired networks. Is that why you want to hide your router? We'll show you how to do that and how to really secure your network. Read More of the wireless network the target computer is connected to. It’s not necessary to enter any security information, regardless of whether the WiFi network is secured or not.

Once you’ve handled all of that, it’s time to see if you’re set! Place your computer into sleep or hibernate mode, and press the Wake All button in the PC Auto Waker app. If it works, great! If not, you have a few other settings to mess with.

The Nitty-Gritty Setup

If your computer did not wake it’s probably because the computer is not set up to accept a Wake-On-LAN How To Setup Wake On LAN Using The MAC Address How To Setup Wake On LAN Using The MAC Address Read More packet. Fortunately, most computers can be configured so that they will accept it.

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First, restart your computer and enter BIOS. This is done by entering the correct key at boot, which should be indicated on the POST screen that appears before Windows beings loading. Once you’ve entered BIOS, look for the Wake-On-LAN setting and enable it. You’re likely to find this along with other settings related to power management or networking, but BIOS vary from computer to computer, so you’ll have to do some digging of your own.

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Once you’ve enabled Wake-On-LAN in BIOS, you’ll need to make sure Windows is configured properly as well. Do a Windows Search for Device Manager and open it, then navigate down to Network Adapters. Right-click on the one you use to connect with the Internet and then click Properties. On the Power Management How to Save Power with SetPower (Computer Power Management Tool) How to Save Power with SetPower (Computer Power Management Tool) Read More tab you will find three checkboxes. If they’re not already checked, do so.

This should clear up any trouble that’s causing PC Auto Waker to malfunction.

Conclusion

PC Auto Waker is an awesome app. Once you have it set up, your computer will start as soon as your phone makes a connection with your WiFi network. This means you can walk in the door knowing that your PC is already starting. It’s magic!

What do you think about it?  Are there any similar Android wake on LAN apps that do a better job?  If so, let us know about them in the comments.

  1. HansE
    December 11, 2016 at 2:48 am

    The easiest way to see if your device supports it is to 1)install the two apps and configure it all and see if it works or 2)research all the variables that are going to drive you crazy when it doesn't just work right off the bat. Your laptop is one of a thousand different models from one manufacturer, and each manufacturer has their own ideas of which features they think need to be available, with different motherboards, network adapters and BIOS versions. Each BIOS can have several revisions even in the same year they were installed on the same model laptop, where they can choose to enable or disable features to solve problems when different manufacturers ask for fixes to make their specific laptops work as desired. Long story short, I have been down this road many, many times only to find that a specific chipset on my particular motherboard of my machine says that it supports a feature but actually it doesn't work. whether you turn it on or not, if they disabled it for some specific reason when the machine was released, they may not even have documented that it was disabled! Even then, windows may trick you by letting you turn on a switch or checkbox but the hardware ignores it for the same reason mentioned before. Furthermore, your router may not support the features needed for WoLAN or WoWLAN (Wake on Wireless LAN). DLink routers are really bad for that.
    In the end, if it doesn't work without too much fiddling with settings, drop it and try to find another solution so you don't waste weeks trying to figure out every switch and option and hardware update that should make it work. You may only discover after it's way too late that someone else went through the exact same steps and then paid to have advanced support from a hardware manufacturer tell them 'That option isn't available on the chipset you have on that board, and you can't update it'. Been there too.
    "Support for Wake on Wireless LAN in Windows 7 drivers is optional and some drivers might not support this functionality. If you follow the process and the option to enable this is still grayed out, then your driver does not support this functionality. Follow up with your hardware manufacturer for support information." https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee851581(v=ws.10).aspx

  2. Janoria Corven
    July 20, 2015 at 9:25 am

    you do know what LAN means dont you? Local Area Network.... that encompasses Wifi, Wifi is just wireless interlinking of digital devices.. once a certain device is connected to a wifi, its also known to be connected as part of your LAN aka Local.Area.Network.

    read up on technology kid, dont comment on shit before you know your shit. (and no, i didnt say before you know you're shit).

  3. Nikolas Spiridakis
    June 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

    please help!!! I can't find bios setting on my new bios!!!!!

    (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9ePyNBaUf8gVkJXUHdQUmhCSGM/view?usp=sharing)

  4. Tylor
    May 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Wake on WLAN is indeed possible with some devices. Your wireless network adapter must support it.

  5. Ray
    February 16, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Hi
    thanks for the solution
    I did it even without hibernate or stand by and from a fully shut down computer but I have a problem...
    When I tap the wake icon system starts and my windows boots up but windows connection to my router doesn't connect and I cant access network.
    I have to restart the router and then it works perfectly , any ideas?

    Main board: MSI Z97
    Router: Dlink DSL 2750-U

  6. vlad
    February 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    There is also AiCloud from ASUS

  7. PCEvilGenius
    June 4, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Many clone-/white-box after market based system builds support this. All business PCs have it.  Not many consumer PCs do. Laptops can have it, but the Wake On LAN feature MEANS Wake On *LAN* not Wifi as the Ethernet port is typically the only one that knows what to do with the magic packet. As for power to the supply itself - get off the switched outlet strip.

  8. Dimitar Kolev
    June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    this is great but i can't do it cuz i'm using a laptop with wi-fi connection :((

    • M.S. Smith
      June 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      I think that some computers support wake via WiFi. Snoop around your BIOS settings to see if there's anything there. I must admit it's unlikely on a laptop, since they often have a limited BIOS, but maybe you'll luck out.

  9. Jasjeev Singh Anand
    June 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Its Nice but whose going to turn on the electric switch?

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