4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2009 7:08 PM by robotspacer
PGJackson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi All

I purchased a new macbook about a month ago. I presumed it would have the 'wake on wireless' feature as I read that all new macs do... But it seems not to! It only refers to waking on ethernet in the power savings area. I can't quite believe that my rather expensive new computer lacks the feature! Can someone confirm it doesn't? I know from reading other forums that older MBPs include it. So why not newer ones?

Or do I need to change some settings to get it going? I have a time capsule too. Rather disappointed if it's not possible.

Thanks in advance!

MBP 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,955 points)
    The only Apple article I've seen on the feature is this:


    All I can say is, not all hardware supports the Wake-on-Wireless feature.
  • F Shippey Level 7 Level 7 (21,500 points)
    I suspect the key part of that article is:

    Note: This service requires an Apple AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule with firmware 7.4.2 or later installed. To use Wake on Demand wirelessly with a WPA or WPA2 network, the AirPort base station or Time Capsule must be hosting the network.
  • PGJackson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the 7.4.2 firmware on the time capsule.

    Does anyone have a 09 MBP and is successfully using wake on wireless?
  • robotspacer Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    I'm having plenty of other wireless issues, but wake on wireless is working on my 2009 13" MacBook Pro. I'm guessing this may be your issue (noted at the link above):

    "Additionally, portable Macs with Wake on Demand enabled will only wake on demand if they are plugged into power and either the built-in display is open or an external display is attached."