Waking up iMac over wifi

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  1. plymman macrumors member

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    Is there an easy way to wake up a sleeping iMac with an iPhone that doesn't require a whole lot of expensive kit?

    I have a couple of apps that I access my imac remotely with which is fine when its on and I use it but if the iMac goes to sleep the apps are useless as they cant wake it up over wifi. It's impractical/impossible for me to have my mac connected to the router via ethernet so I'd have to be able to wake it up over wifi or 3G. This surely must be possible to do but I havent worked out how..

    Can anyone help me out?
     
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  3. plymman thread starter macrumors member

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    I haven't. From what I understood vnc will only wake a sleeping Mac if it's connected by Ethernet, not wifi.

    I've been using remotetap on iPhone which is amazing but bloody useless when the macs gone to sleep.

    I know this can be done using the airbase extreme and a modem but I really don't want to spend any real money on this and I'm more than happy with my current router.
     
  4. rtrt macrumors 6502a

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    iirc this works if your router is an apple = airport extreme. but not if it isn't.

    if the imac is connected to the router by ethernet then plain old wake on lan works.
     
  5. plymman thread starter macrumors member

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    I think you're right but I can't afford to shell out for the basestation. If it wakes over wifi with that then surely there's a way this will work through a normal router or over the internet.....
     
  6. i Smack macrumors member

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    I've been thinking about this myself. Theres two methods that MIGHT work:

    1. Wireless console adapter - pretty much a wireless adapter but with ethernet connection, so your Mac thinks its connected directly to router via ethernet (I have one lying about, will report back if I get chance to test)


    2. Powerline or equivalent - sends ethernet through your house's power sockets, again same idea, Mac will think its connected directly.


    Both require money, but probably less than an Apple router.
     
  7. josh1231 macrumors regular

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    I was wondering about this. I know my imac wakes up from sleep via wifi, but I do have an airport extreme.
     
  8. BulletToothTony macrumors 6502

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    my imac wakes up when i start the iTunes remote on my iPhone even when iTunes is not on.. I do have it hooked thru ethernet.. I'm not sure if it would do it over wi-fi
     
  9. plymman thread starter macrumors member

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    Interesting idea. Can you let me know how you get on with the console card?
     
  10. i Smack macrumors member

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    I tested this over wireless just out of curiosity and it works (just standard airport connection).

    The iPhone app I used is iNet WOL


    You have to enable remote login under Sharing on OS X.

    And you have to forward ports 9(UDP) and 22(TCP).

    :p
     

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