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Can't WOL!

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August 15, 2012 11:37:07 PM

I've booted my XP desktop and then remoted it with Teamviewer from a laptop or Splashtop from an HP TouchPad. My desktop is now a 64 bit Windows 7 and it's driving me crazy. I can wake it on the home LAN but not from anywhere else. Windows 7 firewall was the worst. It wouldn't leave Splashtop even remote. Then I tried ZoneAlarm free but it only worked on the home LAN. Now I'm using Comodo free with the same disappointing results. I don't know where to turn! Any ideas appreciated!

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August 15, 2012 11:57:52 PM

Where is anywhere else, you mean the internet?

Just beware, remote WOL requires access to something called the broadcast address of your local network, and for security reasons, most routers don't allow that broadcast across your router's WAN and into the local network. There are workarounds, but most involve third party firmware (e.g., dd-wrt, tomato), which I use myself.

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August 16, 2012 10:43:58 AM

Yes, I use Tomato with a special script. As I stated, I've been doing this for several years from my children's homes when visiting. Seems as though it is something about my new build or W7.
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August 16, 2012 1:37:51 PM

So what happens if you drop the personal firewalls completely, does remote WOL work or not?
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August 16, 2012 5:31:18 PM

I actually do have Splashtop functioning with the Firewall enabled. Previously I did discover that St would work with the firewall disabled. I haven't tried to WOL with it disabled though. Hate to keep running down to McDonalds (free WiFi) or the library! lol
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August 16, 2012 5:49:13 PM

You don't need to run down to Mickey D's. Just use one of the numerous remote WOL services (which I had assumed you're already using).

http://wakeonlan.me/
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August 16, 2012 8:54:50 PM

No, I had always used applications. So the website you link will be where the magic packet will be sent, correct? Thank you!
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August 16, 2012 10:10:06 PM

Yes, the website sends the magic packet to your router (or anywhere else you’d like). With that particular website, you can even schedule it for a future date/time. I trigger remote WOL in several ways, and this is one of them.
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