30. December, 2008

Wake-On-LAN, WOL, with Apple iPhone Remote

Filed under: Apple & Mac — frightanic @ 13:46

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With Apple Remote for iPhone and iPod Touch you control iTunes on a remote computer.

What I only recently found out is that Apple Remote acts as a Wake-On-LAN (WOL) client. At least it does that in my environment. My Mac Mini wakes up from sleep when I start Apple Remote on the iPod Touch and have it try to connect to iTunes on the Mac Mini.

I find this a little odd because none of the articles I found (App Store and mention this feature. Of course I’m happy about it nonetheless.



  1. Are you sure the computer is sleeping? If the light is not pulsing, then only the display is sleeping.

    Comment by Bo — 18. January, 2009 @ 16:53

    • Yes, I’m sure about that. The light on the front of the Mac Mini is pulsing, indeed.

      Comment by frightanic — 18. January, 2009 @ 16:58

  2. I noticed the same. But I wouldn’t call it wake on lan. In my world, wake on lan, is actually turning on the mac, when it is shut down.

    Comment by Jesper — 22. January, 2009 @ 10:17

    • Well, as much as I honor “your world” the term WOL is appropriate here. From Wikipedia: “Wake on LAN (WOL, sometimes WoL) is an Ethernet computer networking standard that allows a computer to be turned on or woken up remotely by a network message.”

      Comment by frightanic — 25. January, 2009 @ 15:24

  3. WoL is “wake”, not power-on. I agree w/ frightanic’s words, but not his results. Doesn’t work w/ my iPod Touch 2G. Too bad. Looks like I’ll have to pay $3 for iWOL…

    Comment by Jim Tuttle — 16. February, 2009 @ 22:38

  4. I noticed the same thing on mine (confirming). Used to use iWOL, but now I’m thrilled. Now if only they had a way to put it back to sleep after use (maybe it’s time to just set a timer). @Jim – double check your WOL settings with another PC on your network if possible to determine if it’s your PC’s settings or the remote app itself – mine wakes from both an iPhone and iPod Touch. Good luck!

    Comment by Tim — 27. February, 2009 @ 05:38

  5. I can also confirm Apple Remote doing WOL. Very nice indeed:-) i use it to power up and control my lowpower Via epia windows xp platform. I can start when it I have used turn off from the start menu so it is not hibernating or in sleep mode.

    You can use any of the vnc client apps for the iphone to shutdown the pc / mac remotely but a one button one click solution would truly be nice for this part.

    Comment by Iphonefan — 13. March, 2009 @ 05:26

  6. I noticed this as well today. I presume it gets the MAC address from the iTunes library of every PC it connects to. RemoteBoot is another free WoL app.

    There are also several apps with customisable buttons for shutdown and other functions. Snatch is one, I think. Haven’t actually tried it though.

    Comment by D — 13. March, 2009 @ 20:00

  7. The Apple Remote didn’t woke my iBook G4 (lid closed). But RemoteBoot Lite did it.

    Comment by Aurélio — 10. November, 2009 @ 19:08

  8. This worked for me with my PC, not a mac. And it was actually totally powered off, not on standby, I’m 100% sure. Only thing is out of the blue it’s stopped, can’t replicate it. strange.

    Comment by Brent — 5. February, 2010 @ 02:04

    • same thing as brent. doesn’t work anymore. i think i updated the application from the app store, and it fixed the “bug”. too bad.

      Comment by nick — 12. April, 2010 @ 04:40

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