Here's the story. I have Windows 7 Home Pro installed on my laptop. I want to wake this machine up and connect via VNC. The VNC isn't the problem, it's the WoL.
Turns out Windows 7 "interfaces" with my router. The problem is that my router properties (from the Network item on the start menu, NOT logged in) is adding duplicate entries for WoL.
Here are some scenarios:
1) I go to the router properties from the Network menu on the start menu. I click on the Settings button. I get a prompt saying WoL already exists and pick a different port. WoL is forwarded in my router already.
2) I go to the router properties from the Network menu on the start menu. I click on the Settings button. Again, getting the duplicate entries. I delete both of them and press OK, then reopen it. It is still saying there are duplicate entries, and if I cancel both of them, they are still added, just not enabled.
3) I delete the port forwarding rule in my router. I go back to the router properties via Network item on start menu and click on the Settings button. No WoL rules are present so I add a rule. I close and reopen, and it's adding duplicate rules.
4) However, if I add ONE rule and close and shutdown, WoL works. BUT, as soon as I log into the computer, the rule gets unchecked and WoL doesn't work anymore. If I don't log in and shut down the computer via shut down button on the login page, it still works. Just for some reason when I do log in, it doesn't work after I shut down. And when checking the router settings via Network item on the start menu, another WoL entry is added!
The reason why I am going to this portion of the router properties is that I had discovered that WoL won't work properly unless a WoL rule from the router settings (again via Network item in start menu). This is a very annoying problem, so I am curious if anyone knows what the issue may be.