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Wake on Wrong….

May 5, 2011 by The Man

Is it any wonder technology is so confusing … if there is one thing I know a bit about is Wake On Lan and I do my best to help as many people as possible to use the technology.

Recently I saw on Twitter a question from serverfault about WoL so I thought I would pop over and see if I could help.

Now this type of question I have been asked 100’s of times over the last 11 years. It’s always the same, I send a WoL signal to my machine and it wakes up for the first 15 minutes but after that nothing. Now 10 times out of 10 it is because the WoL packet was sent to the ip address of the machine. So what happens when that machine is turned off ? Well the machine no longer has that ip address although the ip address will remain in the arp cache of other equipment for a small amount of time.

So why am I whining like a little bitch ? Well look above and you will see a so called expert not only mark my answer down but edit the original question. So John Gardeniers has now made a very small part of the internet a bit more stupid. Thanks John.

Will it stop me from answering questions ? No, I leave the reader to make up their own mind but I cannot help but feel reputation on these kind of sites is diminished.