Friday, 4 January 2013

How to Turn on Another Computer Remotely

If you want to know how to turn on another computer remotely, then read the instructions carefully. By the time you come to the end of the instructions, you should be well versed in switching on another computer remotely. To do this, the remote computer should have an Ethernet computer networking standard known as Wake on LAN, or WOL. Majority of the newer motherboards have the ability to support this standard. With the help of this standard, you can turn on another computer remotely which is on the same local area network or in another location. If the computer is located in another location, you would need Internet connectivity to turn it on.

Things You'll Need

Internet connection
IP address of computer
MAC address of computer
Port number of the WOL
Wake on LAN tool

Instructions to Follow

Here are the steps that will teach you how to turn on another computer remotely. Be sure to follow these steps if you want to be successful in your endeavor.

Step 1
Plug in your computer into the power source and set the power switch to the On position. Make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet. Do not use a wireless connection.

Step 2
Jot down your computer's MAC address and IP address.

Step 3
Start your computer and press DEL to take you to the BIOS settings. Some computers make use of the Function keys to enter BIOS settings.

Step 4
In the BIOS setting, go to the Advance tab and look for Network Activity. Under this, you should be able to find Wake on LAN. Enable it and then save the changes you have made to the setting by pressing F10.

Step 5
Restart the computer and let it boot normally.

Step 7
Make sure that the computer is connected to a router and it should be forwarded to the port that will be used to turn on the computer remotely. Note down the Port number.

Step 6
Follow the same procedure from Step 1 to Step 5 for the computer that you will be using to turn on the computer.

Step 7
Check the Internet for a Wake on LAN tool. Once you find it, download, and install it on the computer that you will be using for turning on. If you like, you even visit an online website that has the ability to run WOL protocol.

Step 8
Run the Wake on LAN tool and enter your computer's IP address, MAC address and the Port number of the router that is being used by WOL.

Step 9
Click button that states Wake Computer. This will turn on another computer remotely.

Getting MAC Address and IP Address

Now that you have learned how to switch on another computer remotely, here are steps to teach you how to get a computer's MAC address and IP address.

For MAC Address

Step 1
In the System tray, double click the Network icon. This will open a new window.

Step 2
In the window go to the Support tab and click Details. This will give you the details of the computer and will show you a string of letters and numbers under the heading of Physical address, which is nothing but the MAC address of the computer.

Step 3
Jot down the MAC, or Physical address, and keep it aside, as you will need it when you want to know how to switch on another computer remotely.

For IP Address

Step 1
Click the Start button and then select Run.

Step 2
When you enter the command prompt, type in 'ipconfig'. This will give you the IP address of the computer.

Step 3
Jot it down and keep it handy and it is needed when you want to learn how to start another computer remotely.

Knowing how to start another computer remotely is good, as the knowledge can come handy, but it also posses a security risk.


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  2. Is it working on notebook computer connected on wifi?

  3. Actually we have not tried it on notebook. But you can follow the techniques given here to see if it works. I will try it as well and give you rely. Thanks.

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