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.


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 '15 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 '15 at 15:43
  • Is the work computer behind NAT or does it have a public IP of its own?
    – phoenixtu
    Aug 25 '15 at 0:24
  • It has a public IP.
    – user2774
    Aug 25 '15 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 '15 at 19:43

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