Wake-on-LAN is an advanced feature that can come in handy in many home and business networking scenarios. Here’s a look at using it with Windows 10.
Previously we looked at Wake-on-LAN (Local Area Network) in Windows 8, which we touched on in-depth here, discussing the scenarios for which this nifty function can be handy. In this article, we cover the same steps for Windows 10 users.
Why Use is Wake-on-LAN
Just to give you a quick overview of why you would find this useful:
- On-demand access to files and resources on a network – you don’t have to keep a computer turned all the while.
- Energy efficiency, you will see a reduction in your utility bills since you don’t have to keep your system on all the time.
- Great for remotely managing a computer, so you can access a computer that might be across the room or upstairs.
How does it work?
With wake-on-LAN enabled, your computer will “listen” for a “magic packet” containing its MAC address while it is in sleep mode. The computer can be woken up by sending it a magic packet from another device on the network. Again, you can find out more about the feature here.
What are the requirements?
Your computer might not have all the requirements for this feature that will include the following:
- Ethernet connection.
- A peer-to-peer network between two or more computers.
- The computer must be in either Sleep or Hibernation mode for this to work.
Enabling Wake on LAN on Windows 10
Press Windows key + X to bring up the hidden quick access menu and select Device Manager.
Expand Network adapters in the device tree, select your Ethernet adapter, right-click it, and select Properties.
Then select the Power Management tab and check off all three boxes shown below.
Next, select the Advanced tab, scroll down in the Property box, select Wake on Magic Packet, ensure it is enabled in the Value list box, and click OK.
How to Configure Wake on LAN
To make things easy, I found this easy-to-use utility — simply called Wake-on-LAN which you can download here for free.
This handy utility requires minimal setup and is easy to configure.
Have the MAC address ready for the remote computer that you would like to wake up. To find the MAC address, ensure the PC is connected to your router via a wired Ethernet connection. Disconnect any wireless connections you may have been using.
Open the Network and Sharing Center from the Settings menu. In the upper-right pane, click on the Ethernet connection. In the Ethernet Status window, click Details, and then you’ll see the physical MAC address.
After downloading and installing Wake-on-LAN, launch the utility and select File > New Host.
Under the Display Properties tab, enter the name of the machine and a group name if you wish.
Select Wake Up tab and enter the following information:
- MAC Address of the remote machine
- Select Broadcast IP
- For broadcast, leave the default.
- Enter the machine hostname for FQDN/IP – you can find this information for the remote machine under Windows key + X > System > Computer name:
- Click in the IPv4 list box and select your physical Ethernet adapter
- Click OK
How to wake up a computer:
Right-click the computer in the Wake on LAN utility and select “Wake Up” from the list.
That’s it! If you’re having problems getting this to work, check out some of the troubleshooting tips below.
If the computer is not waking up, there might be a couple of reasons.
Wake-on-LAN needs to be enabled in the computer BIOS or Firmware. To do that, you will need to consult your computer’s documentation about loading your BIOS.
Fast Startup, a hybrid state first introduced in Windows 8, can interfere with Wake On LAN. To disable it, press Windows key + X then Power Options.
Click Choose what the power buttons do then click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
Scroll down to Shutdown settings and uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended) then click Save changes.
If you like using this feature and have anything to add or voice your thoughts on the Wake-on-LAN utility, leave a comment below. If things still aren’t working for you, head to our Windows 10 Forums for additional support.