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What the heck is it?
The WakeWidget is a wifi connected, stand-alone wake-on-LAN (WOL) server. It can send a “magic packet” on your network to power on devices that support wake-on-LAN. It’s faster to access than a traditional router or a full blown computer. It’s all web driven and mobile friendly so you can access it from your cell phone or tablet just as easily as from a regular computer.
What’s a MAC Address?
Every network connection in the world has a unique hardware address called a MAC address that is assigned to it by the device’s maker. It looks something like A0-88-B4-58-92-F4. This is how WOL identifies a computer or device.
How do I find the MAC Address of my computer(s)?
To find the MAC address on your Windows computer:
- Click on the Start menu in the bottom-left corner of your computer. Select Run or type cmd into the search bar at the bottom of the Start menu to bring up the command prompt.
- Type ipconfig /all
- The MAC address is listed as series of 12 digits, listed as the Physical Address (00-21-9B-01-19-D7, in our example). Each network adapter (wireless, Ethernet, etc.) has a separate MAC address so make sure to check the correct one!
To find the MAC address on your Apple computer:
- Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
- Select Network.
- Choose Built-in Ethernet and click Advanced and Ethernet (listed as Ethernet ID) for the network cable adapter MAC.
I did everything right but the computer won’t wake up!
Here’s a list of things to check on your computer that we’ve found to be important for supporting Wake On LAN.
- Windows users, make sure that your network card is configured in Device Manager to “Allow this device to wake the computer” and “Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer”. These items are found on the “Power Management” tab of the adapter in Device Manager. Also check the Advanced tab for entries referring to waking or “magic packets”, settings here vary between manufacturers and different version of Windows.
- Apple users, open up your System Settings and choose Energy Saver. Under the Options tab, you should see “Wake for Ethernet” or something similar.
- Check your BIOS/UEFI and make sure that Wake On LAN (sometimes listed as “Remote Wakeup”, “Power On By PCI Devices”, or “Event Wakeup”) is enabled. This is usually in the Power section, but may be found in the Boot section on some.
- Check your BIOS/UEFI for the “Suspend Type” (also called “ACPI Suspend Level” or “Power Save Level”). We recommend the “S1” setting for this.
- Is your network adapter an add-in card or is it built into the mainboard? Add-in cards may require a special power cable to power the card when the computer is switched off, mostly with older computers. Network connections built into the motherboard do not need this.
- Disable “fast startup” in Windows 10. (Power Options > “Choose what the power buttons do”)
- Is your computer on WiFi? Wake On LAN only works with a wired connection (with some *very* rare exceptions).
Can I wake a wifi connected device like a laptop or tablet?
The short answer is “no”.
The long answer is… well… long. Suffice it to say that your device almost certainly does not support WOL on its wifi interface.
How can I connect to the WakeWidget over the internet?
Using the WakeWidget over the internet requires several steps and you may need to enlist the help of your closest computer nerd if you get stuck. In a nutshell: you need to open a hole in your internet router/firewall to allow access to the WakeWidget on port 80. This is called “port forwarding”. Since most residential internet connections block inbound port 80 traffic you would have to use an alternate external port in those instances. So for example, port 81 externally would be mapped to port 80 internally.
Here is a good write-up on configuring port forwarding. http://www.noip.com/support/knowledgebase/general-port-forwarding-guide/
Unfortunately due to the huge number of different configurations and routers in the world we can’t provide exact steps on accessing your WakeWidget over the internet.
Can I power the WakeWidget from my computer’s USB port?
Sure! Any powered USB port will do. Just keep in mind that when you turn off your computer the USB power usually turns off too.
Why doesn’t it come with a power adapter?
Most people have a spare cell charger hanging around, or can use a computer USB port/hub to power the WakeWidget. We opted not to include a separate power adapter to keep the price low for you. If you need to purchase a power adapter they can usually be found for $5 or less in your town or on eBay. Any phone charger with a micro USB connection will work.
What wifi standards does the WakeWidget support?
2.4Ghz b/g/n only
I connected the WakeWidget to my computer’s USB and it asks to install a driver. What should I do?
You can safely ignore this, you don’t need to install any driver. We use the power port to program the WakeWidgets at the factory, you’re seeing the programming interface.
How do I factory reset the WakeWidget?
Use a paperclip or pen point to hold down the “Factory Reset” button on the WakeWidget for at least two seconds. The network settings will be reset, but your registered devices will be saved,
Is it secure/safe?
We consider the WakeWidget to be more like your TV remote control, less like the locks on your front door. All settings pages are password protected and the Home page can also be optionally protected. The WakeWidget does not support HTTPS, although stunnel has been tested to work for publicly facing connections.
How long is the warranty?
Your WakeWidget is guaranteed for six months after purchase. So far the only failures have been from faulty power supplies. Firmware updates are always free for life. Contact us should you need help with yours.
Is there an ethernet connected WakeWidget?
No, but we’re considering it! Contact us if you’re interested in a WakeWidget with an ethernet port.
I need a custom feature or device.
Contact us and we’ll see what we can do.