Quote: Originally Posted by Dorfdad
I'm wondering if there was a way to wake a windows 7 machine from sleep or hard drive power down etc, anything to save some electricity whenever network activity to that machine is requested?
I know there is a MAGIC PACKET that will wake when that magic Package is sent . However I'm wondering if there is a way to so this without that specific packet.
The Goal is to have my basement PC shut down some while not in use and when im upstairs and I access my Win 7 machine (which has drive mappings to the basement for all my profiles etc) that it would wake up?
Thanks in Advance
I think the answer to your question is yes, as long as it is supported by the BIOS and NIC card/driver. I was able to wake a Windows 7 PC with a simple ping or remote desktop request before joining it to a Domain Controller. All I had to do was make sure it was enabled in the BIOS and also in device manager (properties of the NIC). There are some advanced power management features in Windows 7 regarding this, not sure if they will affect what you are trying to do. This thread has other issues/info regarding WOL if you are interested. Wake PC on RDP connection?