Is there some software I can use to wake my iMac (10.9.5) up from sleep when I make an AFP request from another computer?

The Wake on Network access functionality doesn't work for AFP file sharing access, for some reason.


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If you're not adverse to adding an extra step, you may consider using a wake-on-lan program. I'm assuming you are accessing from a Mac, as you are using AFP, so the following recommendations will be for OS X.

If you're comfortable with the terminal, I've had a good experience with wolcmd.

A GUI option that works as well (and has the added benefit of discovering the appropriate information) that I have used is wakeonlan, by ReadPixel - it says it runs on 10.3-10.5, but I can confirm it is still working on OS X Yosemite 10.10.5.

Ensure that "Wake for Network Access" is enabled in the preferences for the target Mac.

  • Thanks, but it's a work computer that I need to be able to wake up from home. In other words, from outside the LAN. And yes, from a Mac.
    – user2774
    Aug 24, 2015 at 15:26
  • Oh, I see that with wakeonlan you can add an external host. I was hoping there would be something that's easier to setup. Many unskilled client-users need access to the file sharing on this machine.
    – user2774
    Aug 24, 2015 at 15:43
  • Is the work computer behind NAT or does it have a public IP of its own?
    – phoenixtu
    Aug 25, 2015 at 0:24
  • It has a public IP.
    – user2774
    Aug 25, 2015 at 19:37
  • You could consider using an executable shell script that uses wakeonlan, then put that on your users' desktops such that they could simply double-click it and it would run.
    – phoenixtu
    Aug 25, 2015 at 19:43

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