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greetings all,

if any of you are like me, you have multiple machines linked together via networking, and share info across them. I, for example, keep all my mp3's on a "server" in another section of the house, but frequently use different computers to actually pull this music down to various components.


In an effort to move as little as possible, I have been looking into ways of turning on the server from another machine in the house using the onboard "wake-on-lan" feature built into the MB. At last I have figured it out and felt I should share this with others.

You need to find out your desired wake-on-lan's systems MAC address. This can be done by running "winipcfg" on win9x systems, and "ipconfig /all" from a console on NT,2000,XP systems. it will look something like this: 00-03-47-16-FA-00. then you install a simple utility like the one found here:

http://www.ninstall.com/wake-on-lan/wolwindows.asp


put in that address and away you go. for more info I found a neat little article on the subject here:
http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article04-101


Now I can rip mp3's at my desktop PC, and then turn on the server, and send them down the network without moving, mmmmm Lazyness.
 

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For the even lazier ... Let's say you're at a remote machine in the network and want to discover the MAC of your MP3 server ...


From a command prompt

perform an 'arp -a'


... This should show you the Ip and the MAC associated ... If the MAC is not listed first try pinging the ip ... The ping process will initiate the ARP request and it'll show up in your machine's arp table ...
 
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