The Wake On Lan Tool 2 is the successor of the Wake On Lan Tool Classic. The Wake On Lan Tool 2 is a complete rewrite of the successful classic version with over 100,000 downloads so far.
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What is WOL2?
WOL2 is a program that allows you to remotely switch on every Wake On Lan capable computer / device in a network you are connected to. WOL2 lets you wake a single host or a group of hosts at once. Additionally WOL2 allows you to reboot and power off these machines if they are running Microsoft Windows. You can set up timers to wake computers or reboot / shut them down.
You may also set up the tool to control other utilities like VNC, MSTSC/RDP, PuTTY, etc. so that you can use them directly from within WOL2. That makes WOL2 far more than just a plain wake on lan tool. It allows you to manage your network. The WOL2 user base is constantly growing. Many small, medium and even large size companies and organizations as well as many private house holds use WOL2 today.
WOL2 is one of the first tools to support TCP v 6. You can also use WOL2 to wake machines over the internet, without VPN if you configure your router hardware accordingly.
Who is WOL2 made for?
The Wake On Lan Tool is made for everyone. Beginners, advanced users and professionals. The design goals were simplicity, stability, portability and functionality. To whatever user group you belong to, the tool is designed to enable you to do what you want.
The development environment used to develop WOL Classic has been discontinued. WOL Classic only runs on Windows 2000-2003. Vista and newer is not supported. Therefore I had to rewrite it from scratch.
WOL 2 is written in C# a modern and powerful programming language. It requires the .NET Runtime Framework (see below for exact required version) for Windows or the MONO Runtime Framework for GNU/Linux and MacOS X. WOL2 is compatible to WOL Classic. You can run both tools in parallel.
How to get started?
WOL2 is delivered as a 7-Zip archive. To get things started you at first may want to extract this archive using the free 7-Zip archiver that is available for many platforms.
After extracting the archive start WOL2 by double clicking on the WOL2.exe. If you’re using Mac OS or GNU/Linux you will have to use WOL2.sh. If the tool does not start, please ensure that your system meets the system requirements.
Contrary to WOL Classic WOL2 does not need to be installed (by popular request ;-)) and does not need administrative privileges to run.
FAQ and typical problems
Shutdown and reboot does not work (Firewall / Remote Registry)
Check out this very good article: https://www.maketecheasier.com/remote-shutdown-restart-windows-10/
When still having problems when shutting down / restarting a Windows box, you may need to enable the following tweak:
Network scanner does not see my machine / The host is always offline / I cannot ping it manually
In some Windows installations the firewall blocks ICMP traffic by default. Enable the following rules to get it working:
- Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8, 2008 Server, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, BSD
- .NET Framework 4.0 and higher or MONO Framework 2.0 and higher
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