App for Wake on Demand from outside the Network?

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  1. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Is there an app to use the Wake On Demand Feature from remotely from outside the home network? I've seen a bunch of Wake On Lan apps, but I need to do this while I'm out and about from my iP4.

    I have a Mac Mini connected via wifi to an AEBS's 5ghz network and I'd like to wake the computer while I'm at work.

    Paid's OK but Free is better. I don't need any features other that waking the computer. Thanks!
     
  2. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    I use Sleepover for my MacMini and it works well. you may have to open up a port on your router but that was, in my case anyway, easy enough. your milage may vary ;) But that app works well.
     
  3. WesCole macrumors 6502a

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    iNet WOL (Wake-On-Lan) works great for me. I just run that to wake my Mini and then use LogMeIn to gain remote access.

    Wes
     
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    Thanks for the replies!

    I see Sleepover has the Wake over the internet feature. I think that's what I'm looking for, but it says:

    If your computer is connected to the network by an AEBS will it work?

    Same thing from iNet WOL:


    I need something to wake over wifi remotely. Will these work?
     
  5. WesCole macrumors 6502a

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    iNet WOL will. It works over wifi, 3g, and EDGE. I have tried out all three and had success. There is minor port forwarding involved, but it is really easy.

    Edit: I re-read your post...my Mac Mini is connected via wifi, so no need to hard wire to your router.

    Wes
     
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    Excellent! Thanks for the info. I'll give this a shot. Didn't want to buy one of these until I had confirmation.
     
  7. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    It was my understanding that it isn't possible to Wake Up a sleeping Mac over wireless. The magic packets must be sent via Ethernet. Obviously they can originate wirelessly from your iPhone but the Mac itself must be hardwired to the LAN. Certainly true of my Mini.
     
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    That's not what WesCole is claiming above. Do you have an AEBS or Time Capsule?


    From Apple's Wake on Demand page:

     
  9. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    From the iNet WOL website:

    iNet WOL is a wakeup tool for computer connected by an ethernet cable to a local network or to the internet.

    I think that sums it up pretty well. The bit from Apple about wirelessly is that you can send the command wirelessly but the actual computer being woken needs a physical connection. I have neither AEBS or Timecapsule, instead having a Mac Mini with an Iomega 1TB drive attached by Firewire. My Mini is connected to my router by ethernet (actually, by way of an ethernet over powerline as my router is in the hall and my Mini in the lounge) and I've switched off its Airport wireless card.

    I can wake up the Mini when I need access to the Iomega using Sleepover's wakeup over LAN when in wireless range of my router (or wireless extenders doted around the house, again using powerline boxes) or Sleepover's wakeup over internet when out and about. I had to open a port on the router to do this but that was easy enough and the whole thing works perfectly. As an example, I was at the Genius Bar of a local Apple store and needed some help, they asked some questions that meant I had to fire up the Mini with Sleepover and look on the Mini's desktop using Teleport. The Apple guy was suitably impressed.
     
  10. Tilpots thread starter macrumors 601

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    I quoted the same bit as you several posts up and when WesCole replied he stated this:

    This back and forth is precisely why I 'm asking the question Is there anyone else that can confirm or refute???

    Is an iPhone app capable of waking a Late 2009 Mac Mini with Wake on Demand enabled that is connected to the internet via wifi to a Wake on Demand enabled AEBS?
     
  11. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    I can only say I have tried to wake up my Mini when it was only wirelessly connected (and failed) and wired (successfully). So for me it's a clear case of it only works if physically connected.
     
  12. WesCole macrumors 6502a

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    It worked for me, and still does to this day...I do use a Time Capsule for my wireless, so maybe that makes a difference. I can confirm that I was able to wake my Mac Mini, which is connected wirelessly to my Time Capsule, over 3g, Edge, and other WiFi outside out my network using the iNet app.

    Like I said, I did have to do some port forwarding...basically just assigned the internal IP of the Mini to a specific port on the router. That way, when I contact the public IP using the specified port, it will route that request to the internal IP of the Mini.

    Wes
     
  13. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    Guess it must be the Timecapsule that makes the difference then. I don't have one and so would tend to think that's the missing link if your Mini is only attached to your network wirelessly.
     

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