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Depicus WOL – Simple Wake-on-LAN “Magic Packet” Generator Utilities

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Published on April 20th, 2006
Category: Internet, Utilities

I just finished writing an article yesterday on my hacker not cracker blog about the mysterious yet ubiquitous Wake on LAN function featured in many motherboards and network interface cards. In it, I mentioned the basics of creating a “magic packet.” As I pointed out, a magic packet is data consisting of “FF FF FF FF FF FF” followed by 16 repetitions of the listening network device’s MAC address. I also revealed that I use a PHP script to facilitate in generating that packet. Before I modified the PHP script, I used a simple little freeware program released by Depicus.

The Depicus website provides a similar background on WOL and magic packet generating tools supported by a wide variety of platforms and implementations. If you’re interested in using Wake-on-LAN, Depicus is another great starting point for tools necessary to get the most out of your setup.


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9 Responses to “Depicus WOL – Simple Wake-on-LAN “Magic Packet” Generator Utilities”

  1. klai Says:


  2. kuko Says:

    nice small applet, it does it job(unlike others i have tried), and you can get it in all kind of flavors :-), unly minus is, no contact to author, wanna give him a beer or 2 🙂

  3. tee Says:

    a comment

  4. erz Says:

    Fantastic little program, works perfect!

  5. Allan Says:

    Continue using your external IP address. In your router, forward all packets on port 7 and 9 to your home network’s broadcast address. If your home network’s IP address structure is 192.168.0.x or 192.168.2.x, then your broadcast address would be or respectively.

    ////////ORIGINAL MESSAGE///////


    I do not have a domain, so what should I put in the Internet Address box? I tried putting in my external IP, but that did not work.

    Any thoughts?


  6. Jonathan Says:

    Can anyone tell me how I can wake over the internet? I cannot figure out everything I need to enter in, to where, and what settings I may need to change in my router.


  7. Allan Says:

    No problem. Yeah, I still try to keep up with this blog and my other 4 but I’ve been really busy. Anytime someone posts a comment, I still get email notifications. Wow, I can’t believe it has been 3 years!

    On your question, I think this article I wrote says stuff about how to forward (http://www.hackernotcracker.com/2006-03/port-opening-and-forwarding-on-windows-xp.html). If you still can’t get it, post the make and model of your router.

  8. Jonathan Says:

    Thanks Allen. When I tell my router to forward port 7 to, it errors “value is out of range. 0-254” Why is the highest number 1 below 255?

  9. Jonathan Says:

    forgot to mention I have a Linksys WRT54GL

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