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What is Wake-on-LAN & How to Set Up with Splashtop?

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In today's digitally connected world, accessing our computers remotely has become more than just a convenience—it's necessary for many. Whether for remote work, IT support, or managing a fleet of computers across a network, it is crucial to have the right tools and technologies at our disposal.

One such technology that plays a pivotal role in remote access is Wake-on-LAN (WoL). This feature allows users to wake their computers from a sleep or powered-off state, enabling access to files, run updates, or perform tasks without being physically present.

Splashtop, a leading provider of remote access solutions, offers robust Wake-on-LAN capabilities, enabling users to effortlessly wake up their Windows or Mac computers remotely. This functionality is integral for individuals and teams who need to ensure their devices are accessible at any time, from anywhere, without leaving them running 24/7.

By leveraging Splashtop's Wake-on-LAN feature, users can optimize work efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and streamline IT management processes.

This blog will explore Wake-on-LAN, its workings, and how you can set it up with Splashtop to enhance your remote access experience. Whether you're an IT professional, a remote worker, or anyone in between, understanding and utilizing Wake-on-LAN with Splashtop can significantly improve your operational efficiency and flexibility.

What is Wake-on-LAN?

Wake-on-LAN (WoL) is a networking standard that allows a computer to be turned on or woken up from a sleep or powered-off state by a network message. This message, often called a "magic packet," is sent from a WoL-enabled device over the network to the target computer. The magic packet contains the target computer's MAC address, enabling it to identify and wake the correct machine uniquely.

The utility of WoL technology extends across various scenarios, from home setups where users wish to access files on a desktop from a laptop or mobile device to business environments where IT professionals need to perform maintenance, updates, or support tasks on computers outside of regular working hours. By using WoL, these tasks can be done efficiently without the need to keep computers running continuously, thus saving energy and reducing operational costs.

For WoL to work, several conditions must be met:

  1. The computer's motherboard and network adapter must support WoL functionality and be properly configured.

  2. The computer must be connected to a power source, even if turned off. For laptops, this usually means being plugged into an AC outlet.

  3. The network infrastructure, including routers and switches, must allow WoL packets to pass through to the target computer.

The Wake-on-LAN feature is especially beneficial in the era of remote work and digital transformation, where access to digital resources at any time from any location is crucial. It offers a seamless way to ensure that workstations and servers are accessible whenever needed without the inefficiency of leaving them powered on indefinitely.

In the context of Splashtop's remote access solutions, WoL technology empowers users to wake up their computers remotely, ensuring they can gain access whenever needed. This capability is integral for maximizing productivity and ensuring that resources are available on-demand, aligning with the needs of modern workforces and IT management practices.

How Splashtop Supports Wake-on-LAN

Splashtop's support for Wake-on-LAN (WoL) significantly enhances the remote access experience by allowing users to wake up their computers remotely. This feature is essential for those who need to access their computers outside of regular hours without constantly leaving them powered on.

Splashtop allows users to wake up their Windows or Mac computers remotely, provided the conditions are met. For Windows computers, this includes being in a powered-off, sleep, or hibernation state. Mac computers, on the other hand, can be woken up from a sleep state. The process involves sending a wake command from within the Splashtop application or the web portal to the target computer, which becomes accessible for remote use.

Cross-Compatibility and Use Cases

Splashtop's WoL functionality is available across various service plans, catering to different user needs, from individuals and small teams to IT departments and enterprises. This flexibility ensures that whether you're a freelancer needing access to your home office PC or an IT professional managing a network of computers, you can leverage WoL to enhance operational efficiency and responsiveness.

Ease of Use

Setting up and using Wake-on-LAN with Splashtop is designed to be straightforward. Users can easily configure their computers for WoL within the Splashtop app or web console. Once set up, waking a computer is as simple as selecting it from your list of devices in the Splashtop application and sending the wake command. This simplicity ensures that users of all technical levels can benefit from the increased accessibility and convenience that WoL provides.

Splashtop's implementation of Wake-on-LAN technology underscores its commitment to providing powerful, user-friendly remote access solutions. By integrating WoL, Splashtop enhances its offering, allowing users to enjoy seamless computer access anytime and anywhere, with minimal energy consumption and cost.

Setting Up Wake-on-LAN with Splashtop

Implementing Wake-on-LAN (WoL) with Splashtop involves a few essential steps to ensure your computers can be woken up remotely. Here's how to set up WoL for use with Splashtop's remote access services:


Before activating WoL in Splashtop, ensure your system meets the requirements:

  1. BIOS Configuration: Check if your computer's BIOS supports and enables WoL. This step varies by manufacturer and may require entering the BIOS setup during boot. Look for settings named "Wake on LAN," "Onboard LAN Boot ROM," or similar.

    • For Windows PCs, enabling WoL in the BIOS allows the computer to wake from powered-off, sleep, or hibernation.

    • Mac users should ensure the "Wake for network access" option is selected in the Energy Saver preferences. However, as of MacOS 12, some limitations affect the WoL feature.

  2. Network Configuration: Your computer must be connected to the network via an Ethernet cable, as WoL does not work over Wi-Fi. This connection ensures the magic packet can reach the device.

  3. Power Requirements: If using a laptop, ensure it's plugged into an electrical outlet, as battery power alone may not support the WoL feature.

Configuring Splashtop for Wake-on-LAN

  1. Enable WoL in Splashtop Streamer: Install and configure the Splashtop Streamer on the computer you want to access remotely. Within the Streamer settings, ensure the Wake-on-LAN feature is enabled.

  2. Use the Splashtop Business App or Web Console: Initiate the WoL process from the Splashtop Business app on your mobile device or through the web console. This step requires the target computer to be set up and connected to your Splashtop account.

  3. Send a Wake Command: You can now wake your computer remotely with the setup complete. In the Splashtop app or web console, locate the offline computer (it will appear with a grayed-out icon). Use the "Wake" button to send a magic packet to your computer, turning it on or waking it from sleep mode.

Troubleshooting and Tips

  1. Check Compatibility and Settings: Ensure your computer's hardware and network settings are correctly configured for WoL. This may include checking network adapter settings in Windows Device Manager or Mac System Preferences.

  2. Test the Connection: After setting up, test the WoL feature to ensure it works as expected. You may need to adjust firewall settings or network configurations to allow the magic packet to pass.

  3. Use Splashtop's WoL Checking Tool: Splashtop provides a WoL Checking Tool that can help verify if your setup is correct. This tool can diagnose and confirm that your computer can be woken up successfully.

By following these steps, you can leverage the power of Wake-on-LAN with Splashtop to enhance your remote access capabilities, ensuring your computers are accessible whenever needed while maintaining energy efficiency and security.

Use Cases and Benefits

Integrating Wake-on-LAN (WoL) technology with Splashtop's remote desktop solutions brings many benefits and use cases across various scenarios. Whether for individual users, IT professionals, or businesses, WoL enhances remote access's efficiency, convenience, and flexibility. Here are some key use cases and benefits:

  • Remote IT Support and Management: IT teams can perform software updates, patches, or maintenance tasks on computers without requiring them to be left on overnight. In case of urgent support needs, IT support can remotely wake and access computers to troubleshoot issues without physical presence, ensuring rapid response times.

  • Remote Work: Employees can remotely wake their office computers to access files and applications as if they were physically present, promoting productivity and flexibility in remote work and learning environments.

  • Business Continuity: In scenarios where physical access to an office is impossible due to natural disasters or other emergencies, WoL enables remote access to critical systems, aiding business continuity efforts. Wake-on-LAN with Splashtop ensures that only authorized devices and users can wake and access computers, maintaining security while providing flexibility.

  • Environmental Impact: Enabling computers to be turned off when not actively in use significantly reduces energy consumption, contributing to sustainability goals and reducing the carbon footprint of technology infrastructure.

  • Cost Savings: The ability to manage computers when they are off reduces energy costs, especially in large organizations with numerous devices. Less wear and tear on components by reducing unnecessary run time can extend the lifespan of computers, lowering replacement and maintenance costs.

Get Started with Splashtop

By enabling users to wake up their devices from anywhere, at any time, Splashtop enhances productivity and flexibility and contributes to energy efficiency and operational cost savings. Whether you're an IT professional managing a fleet of computers, a business looking to streamline operations, or an individual seeking more efficient ways to work remotely, Splashtop's Wake-on-LAN feature is designed to meet your needs.

Ready to explore the benefits of Wake-on-LAN with Splashtop? Sign up now for a free trial and unlock the full potential of remote access. Experience the difference Splashtop can make in your remote access strategy.

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