There are typically two states from which you will want to wake up or PowerUp! a computer:

  1. Shutdown (powered off)
  2. Stand By / Sleep / Hibernation (low power)

In order to guarantee that the system wakes up from either of these states, you must make sure all of the Wake on LAN settings are configured in four locations. Managed computers normally have these settings configured by your IT administrator. If your computer is managed, check with your IT administrator before adjusting your settings.

To configure all of the Wake on LAN settings:

Note: because of the wide variety of BIOS and driver configurations, the configuration of your system may be different than that shown below. Consider these instructions as representative of the tasks required, not as a sequence of instructions to be followed exactly.

  1. Restart your computer
  2. As your system is booting, press the function key associated with System Setup, usually F2, F8, or F12.
  3. Select the Power Management/Remote Wake Up tab in the System Setup (BIOS) screen.
  4. Choose the On setting.
  5. Select the Power Management/Low Power Mode
  6. Choose the Off setting to allow the computer to wake from low power mode.
  7. Save any changes you have made and restart your system to boot into Windows.
  8. After the system has started Windows, you will need to configure your Network Card. Open the Control Panel and select Network Connections/Local Area Connection.
  9. Click on Properties to show your Local Area Network properties.
  10. Click on Configure next to the Network Adapter shown in the properties.
  11. On the Advanced tab. Select Wake From Shutdown and make sure it is turned On. Confirm that the Wake Up Capabilities is set to Both. Your driver may not have both settings.
  12. On the Power Management tab, check the following boxes:
  • Allow the cmputer to turn off this device to save power.
  • Allow this device to bring the computer out of standby.
  • Only allow management stations to brig the computer out of standby (This keeps your computer from waking up due to inadvertant network traffic).
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September 10, 2012