Wake-on-LAN (WoL) Ensures Unhindered Remoting

Wake up devices anywhere in the world with Wake-on-LAN, even from your smartphone or tablet.

The Role of Wake-on-LAN and How It Works

Wake-on-LAN capabilities enable you to turn on devices all across the world remotely without any onsite assistance. Whether you are offering technical assistance to customers or managing a company IT system, the freedom this feature affords ensures a smoother service for your business. Implementing critical updates can take some time and has the potential to disrupt regular work patterns severely; however, Wake-on-LAN lets you log into machines at your convenience to avoid disrupting employee workflows and run important updates during low activity periods. Should any problems occur within the system, Wake-on-LAN can be used to turn a PC on remotely in order to address the issue without any delay.

Wake-on-LAN is a protocol made possible by the sending of so-called magic packets from a client to a remote device. These packets are able to locate the specific computer you intend to wake using its network card’s MAC address (a media access control address). The only requirement for operating Wake-on-LAN is that the remote device is connected to a power source and has internet access via a network cable: like this, most modern PCs are able to keep their Ethernet card on and alert for arriving packets while in a low power state or even powered off. A large majority of PCs support Wake-on-LAN, even if it is not necessarily advertised.

Make Wake-on-LAN a More Powerful Remoting Tool

TeamViewer’s ability to power on a device located anywhere is a particularly useful feature for IT admins, remote workers, and support staff alike. Wake-on-LAN is a key remote solution to all in the IT industry.

When paired with remote control software, Wake-on-LAN capabilities are made even more powerful, allowing not only unlimited access to unattended devices but full immersive control of them too.

This all-in-one service ensures companies can offer the highest level of technical support with the least disruption to business operations.

This powerful combination allows IT experts to control a remote device with the touch of a button, or even from a smartphone app.

Providing IT support with Wake-on-LAN
Wake on LAN functions on numerous devices

Wake-on-LAN is a cross-compatible protocol that can be used with TeamViewer on the following operating systems;

  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • Linux

This versatility ensures that any technical support offered using WoL is consistent across machines: no matter your customers’ or clients’ preferred operating systems, you can move seamlessly between them. The initial set up process may vary slightly depending on the operating system you use, but each requires only a few simple steps to get started. In addition, TeamViewer lets you remotely turn on a PC from your smartphone or tablet so that even when on the go and following a busy schedule, nothing can stop you from being connected.

Advantages of Wake-on-LAN for Modern Businesses

Wake-on-LAN offers companies great flexibility and peace of mind: whenever a remote computer unexpectedly enters sleep mode, you can have absolute confidence that you will still be able to connect to it. This means that projects run on time and there are fewer unforeseen obstacles. Furthermore, the Wake-on-LAN functionality enables you to make significant cost savings. With the ability to quickly power machines on and off, you can drastically reduce electricity usage by ensuring computers are completely shut down when not in use.

The WoL settings for all of the devices on a network can be centrally managed with TeamViewer, so the process is simple to carry out. Wake-on-LAN also ensures that fewer people are required to fulfil tasks: computers can be completely unattended before you connect, meaning no member of staff needs to be onsite to interact with the device for you.

Key Benefits of Using Wake-on-LAN

Reduce costs

Reduce the transport and personnel costs that come with having staff onsite to oversee machines and certify they are powered on and running. Moreover, reduce energy costs by ensuring only devices being used are switched on.

Streamline work

Whether you are looking to transfer files from your office computer while at home or need to run a critical update on a remote machine, using Wake-on-LAN is the ideal solution for streamlining your workflow and making the most of your time.


TeamViewer offers advanced security features such as a black screen option for the remote PC so no one can see what you are doing, and a sticky notes feature to inform the remote PC-user of the changes you have made.

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