Wake on Lan with Linux and Windows

I have 3 computers. My laptop a Thinkpad X30, another Thinkpad which acts as server and a desktop computer. I have all my main data on my server and use the files on my laptop and desktop by sshfs and NFS.

The only files I don’t store on my server is media files, such as movies and music – these are stored on my desktop. This was the problem – if I was out I couldn’t access my files since my desktop was turned off when I am not home. I need something to turn on my desktop when I wasn’t home.


Wake on Lan
Wake on Lan (WOL) is a technology to turn on a computer by sending it a specific network package. When a WOL-enabled computer is turned off the network port will stay active and listen for a certain packages and in if it receives such a package it will boot the computer.

Two things are needed:

  • Enable WOL on my Desktop.
  • Installing a program to send the magical network package on my server.

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