Turning on Wake on LAN components

Simple Control has the ability to turn on many devices purely via IP control using special Ethernet signals. The first requirement for this is that the target device must support Wake on LAN signaling. Most macOS and PC desktops and laptops, most Samsung and LG TV models since 2016, most Sony Blu-ray Players, most Sony televisions and projectors 2013 forward, and a variety of other hardware support this (specific model information is in the IP compatibility list). Note that many components support being able to turn on via IP without using Wake on LAN. For instance, most receivers and some Blu-ray Players simply listen for commands regardless of whether they’re on or off. Wake on LAN is generally considered the most official or at least efficient method for turning on via IP control.

Simple Control needs to know the raw MAC address (not to be confused with “macOS”) of a device in order to send this special Wake on LAN signal. For some auto-discovered devices, Simple Control already has this information. For other devices such as an HTPC or any device created via the Manual IP option, the MAC Address must be entered as part of the +WAKE ON LAN command added to any command sequence. We recommend always entering the address explicitly into the command.

Given a compatible device that has been auto discovered or otherwise has a MAC address set, adding the Wake on LAN command is very simple. Open the Activity or Button to which you’d like to add a command to power on the device, select the target Device from the list, and then select the special “+WAKE ON LAN” command as the command to send. For most devices, you would want to add this to the Start Commands section of an Activity that uses the device. It’s harmless to send the command multiple times, so adding it to multiple activities is fine.