Wake On Lan (Random Wake)

August 25, 2011 at 15:34:32
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, Core 2 duo E4800 / 4 GB
Hello all,

I've been trying to get Wake On LAN to work on my desktop so that I can remotely start my computer from my phone. I have enabled it in the BIOS and within the device drivers, and got it to work. However, the problem is that my computer wakes up randomly by itself even when I don't send a wakeup packet. This usually happens between 0.5 and 2 hours of being asleep. My computer is behind a router, not a hub, so there should be not mistaken traffic going to it. I have also enabled the settings within the device drivers so that it is only supposed to be awaken by the "magic packet". All other possible waking packets are turned off. I also disabled IPv6 on my network device just to simplify the problem. Does anyone have any idea why it might be starting by itself??

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August 26, 2011 at 07:53:03
To be honest, if you set your PC up correctly using the Power Options applet in Control Panel, it will power itself down and use less energy than a nightlight and make using WOL moot as it will not be turned off.

I disable 'standby mode', and 'hibernate mode' as both have a tendency to lock up on PC's and then you're stuck forcing a hard boot on the unit. If you go on the "Power Schemes" tab of Power Options and use the "Turn off monitor" and "Turn off hard disks" features (set to monitor = 5 min's and HDD = 2 hours) then you have the benefits of using less power without shutting it off and therefore having to use WOL.

I never shut my PC's off. Constantly turning them off and then on is a lot harder on the moving parts (Hard drive, fans etc) than leaving it run and allowing it to power down.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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