Directed Broadcast

Posted on 2011-02-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Does all routers have the ability to enable and disable directed broadcast packets. I won't to use WOL (wake on lan) from a remote location (like from home to work), but I don't see a feature for directed broadcast on our router at work. It's a Dlink DFL 200 Firewall Router, and I can't find anything about it in the router's documentation.  So I would assume not all routers have directed broadcast in that manner.
Question by:timgreen7077
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Expert Comment

ID: 34999492
Subnet Directed Broadcasts could be your answer, though, i think you may be asking the wrong question for what you are trying to accomplish.  You are merely needing to gain access to a remote computer from home, right?  Why not just leave the remote on and gain access to it via Logmein, pc anywhere or VNC??  Basically, I don't see the need for you to wake a computer, just leave it on - it certain sleep modes, it doesn't use much power (if that is your concern)

Author Comment

ID: 34999529
well sometimes our server shuts down because the power goes out around here sometimes, and I would like to be able to turn it back on without having to come up here and power it on. That's why I'm looking into WOL.

Expert Comment

ID: 34999570
you should be able to set the BIOS on the server to auto-turn on in case of power outage - most new workstations and server have this capability.

Author Comment

ID: 35007329
I agree but I still would like to learn to do it through the broadcast just in case. So does all routers have that ability?

Accepted Solution

tjdabomb earned 500 total points
ID: 35011394
I am not aware of any routers that can do that.  and, if they could, would you want an open port on your router allowing people to hack into your server turning it on and off?

The bios ability is there for a reason, use it and forget about WOL.

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