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Starting network devices over the internet (Wake on LAN)

With the "Wake on LAN" function you can start computers, NAS systems, and other network devices in your FRITZ!Box home network over the internet. This way you can use remote maintenance software to access one of your computers at any time, without having to always keep the computer on, for example.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The device must be connected to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box or a LAN port on a Mesh Repeater (for example FRITZ!Repeater).
  • The device must support the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface) standard.
  • For IPv4 internet access, the FRITZ!Box must obtain a public IPv4 address from the internet service provider.
  • For IPv6 internet access, the FRITZ!Box must obtain an IPv6 address from the internet service provider.

Note:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box.

1 Configuring a network device

  1. Enable "Wake on LAN" and a suitable hibernation mode ("S3" to "S5") in the network device, for example in the computer's BIOS menu. Refer to the manufacturer of the device for information on how to set it up, for example consult the manual.

2 Configuring the FRITZ!Box

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Connections" tab.
  4. Click the (Edit) button next to the device you want to configure.
  5. Enable the option "Start this computer automatically as soon as it is accessed from the internet".

    Note:You can click the "Start Computer" button to start the device directly from standby mode and easily test whether it supports "Wake on LAN".

  6. Click "OK" to save the settings.

The device will now be started automatically as soon as

  • the device is accessed from the internet over a shared port.
  • a query is sent to the device over a VPN client connection, for example with FRITZ!VPN, Apple macOS or a mobile device.

You can access the device after about 10 seconds.