Wake up over Wi-Fi demand... is it possible?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by brdeveloper, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

    brdeveloper

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    Hello... I wonder if is it possible making a Mini to work as a file/media server over wi-fi while allowing it to sleep during the idle time. In my tests, once it start sleeping, there's no way of making it wake up without clicking the mouse or typing on the keyboard.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

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    System Preferences > Energy Saver "Wake for Network Access" should do this.
     
  3. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    Did you try the check box "wake for network access" under Energy Saver in System Preferences? That should work if any network connection is attempted through wifi.
     
  4. brdeveloper thread starter macrumors 68020

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    In my tests, it doesn't work if the Mini is connected to the network via Wi-Fi. It should be connected via ethernet cable.
     
  5. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Try enabling Power Nap.
     
  6. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    Power Nap for late 2012 or later. Looks like OP has a mid 2010.
     
  7. gixxerfool macrumors 6502a

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    If I recall correctly there is a way to check to see if this is available on a particular machine in About This Mac. I was looking into it for VNC purposes. If you go to "apple">About>more info. It should be under one of the hardware listings.
    I can't remember which.
    Maybe this will help

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1770353&highlight=wol
     
  8. brdeveloper thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yep... actually I was trying to get this working through the internet, that is: a request comes from WAN, then the router sends a package to the Mini, which wakes up to respond that request.

    If I keep the Mini always on, this infrastructure work. I basically opened a ssh port visible in the internet, and the built-in VNC server visible only in the LAN (the reason is that I trust more on SSH than on VNC, but it can be a stupid assumption if OSX implementation encrypts VNC). So I establish a ssh tunnel to my Mini then I connect to its VNC server through this tunnel.
     
  9. urbanmacUser macrumors regular

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    I'm also looking to see if this is possible, but at the moment I cant even get WOL to work on a LAN.
     
  10. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

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    I tried time and time again to get this to work with Mavericks and never could get it to consistently respond...this seems to be a low priority to Apple as they have never fixed this...though I hate to say this, this functionality works flawlessly on my Win7 machine!
     
  11. brdeveloper thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I downloaded an Android app which sends Wake-on-LAN magic packets. I tested it from LAN (Wi-Fi) and it worked just once, and it appearantly refuses to wake up after a deep sleep.

    From WAN (internet), the Mini always refuses to wake up. I tried creating a port forwarding to LAN's broadcast IP, but the Mini doesn't wake up.
     
  12. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Count me as another one who can't seem to get the mini to wake up.

    I used to have an app, Cloud VNC I think it was, that was able to do it from my iPhone. I didn't use it to remote into the mini, at least not often. But I was able to get it to wake up and then was able to use the media server app I was using at the time. It would wake it on the local LAN/WAN as well as remotely.

    This was back in Snow Leopard days... perhaps Lion too.

    As of now it won't wake. I even thought of using an unused panning webcam to physically move the mouse. It worked in testing lol.



    Mike
     

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