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Remotely Wake Up iMac

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Oct 3, 2012 7:00 AM

I'm looking for a solution to wake my iMac up at home, currently I am in Tokyo, have my MacBook Pro with me but I need to access the files and screen on my iMac. I looked all over the Internet, found that there is a function called Wake on Demand, I have a Time Capsule at home hosting the network however I don't have that enabled, is there any other way I can remotely wake up my iMac from sleep so I can access my data again via iCloud?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,725 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 7:24 AM (in response to Dayday95)

    Have you considered using the Back to My Mac functionality in iCloud and ML?


    Basic Apple Info.


    With Time Capsule.

    Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), • 8GB • Vertex 4 128GB SSD • 500GB
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,985 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 7:34 AM (in response to Dayday95)

    You are supposed to be able to set the machine to wake on network access in the Energy Saver settings in System Preferences:


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    In theory, this should work if you are using an Apple AirPort base station (which should include a Time Capsule). In practice, I've never gotten it to work wirelessly. If you have the iMac connected via Ethernet cable to the Time Capsule, it ought to work.


    Of course, if you are currently away from the iMac, there's nothing you can do if it's not already set up appropriately for remote access and remote waking.


    Edit: I note that you posted this while I was replying:


    I was able to access it for a moment before accidentally connecting it to my VPN and cutting off the connection.


    I'm not sure what that means, but if you had it working before and changed the network configuration of the iMac, chances are good the problem isn't sleep but the network change.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,985 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 7:45 AM (in response to Dayday95)

    I'm only here to look for a solution so I can remotely force my computer to wake up so I can access it again.


    Unfortunately, whether you have changed the network settings on the iMac or it has gone to sleep without "Wake for network access" turned on, there's nothing you can do from your current location to fix the problem. Physical access to the machine by someone will be needed to fix whatever has gone wrong and make it accessible again.


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