Mac mini – wake from LAN actually works

Sorry, this is another Mac rave….

I made my Mac Mini our print server for the household LAN as it sits next to the communal printer. When I did so, I turned off the sleep function as the printer may be needed by anyone at any time and so I had presumed the Mac Mini needed to be awake to serve the print jobs.

While experimenting with remote access, I decided to turn sleep on and see if the Mac Mini would wake from sleep due to a remote screen sharing request. To my surprise and delight it worked. Next I tried printing to the Mac Mini while it was asleep and that worked too! Even if the jobs are sent from the PCs!

Finally a wake from LAN that actually works. I have never been able to get this to work reliably on Windows PCs. I have no idea why this is so hard to do in energy conscious 2011!

I now have a much quieter and cooler office and am doing my bit for global warming thanks to my new Mac Mini.

1 comment to Mac mini – wake from LAN actually works

  • I wonder if what you are experiencing is a true sleep state. With the newer minis and Lion when you press sleep under the Apple menu it does not really sleep. It goes into a semi sleep where only the monitor goes off. The only way to know for sure if it has attained a true state of sleep is hold the play button on the remote down for 5 seconds, or press the button on the back. When you see the front LED going from dim to bright it is truly asleep with the hard drives spun down. There seem to be a lot of issues with Lion and the Mac mini waking up from deep sleep with no clear solution at present. WOL is not working either is VNC once it is truly asleep.

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