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MagicPacket is a free app for Windows and Windows Phone to start computers by Wake On LAN or Wake On WAN. More computers can be combined into groups to start them at once. The app uses modern features of mobile devices like NFC or the personal assistent Cortana (Windows Phone only) in order to make Wake On LAN as simple as possible.

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Start computers/groups with Wake On LAN/Wake On WAN

Computers can be started by Wake On LAN or Wake On WAN respectively. Therefor, a computer has to be added in the app. This is done with the plus button in the app’s main view.

MagicPacket (Windows): Add computer
MagicPacket (Windows): Add computer

Notes for adding a new computer

  • Name: This will be the name of the computer. This name has to be unique among all computers (due to starting a computer by voice command).
  • MAC address: The MAC address of the computer. Optional it can be entered with delimiter (‚:‘ or ‚-‚).
  • Host (for Wake On WAN) or subnet broadcast IP: If the computer should be started by Wake On WAN, a host address can be specified. For private use, you can use a DynDNS service to reach your home network from the internet.
    You can also enter a subnet broadcast IP here in order to wake computers which are running in another subnet. It is important that the network hardware used has to support so called subnet-directed broadcasting to use this feature. To find out the correct subnet broadcast IP, you can use this online tool: IP Calculator / IP Subnetting. Another great website regarding subnetting with much more informaton can be found here.
  • Port (for Wake On WAN): When a host is specified, a port is also needed for Wake On WAN. Usually this is port 9, but this often depends on the specific configuration of the target network.
  • Mode for Wake On LAN: This setting specifies the mode for Wake On LAN. These are the same options as you can find in the app settings. When a computer should use its own mode for Wake On LAN, this option overrides the general app settings.
  • Shortcut URL: The shortcut URL is unique for every computer and represents a URL by which a computer can be started directly.
  • Write NFC tag: With the according button in the app bar, an NFC tag can be written directly from within the app. With this NFC tag, a computer can be started directly (see Start computers/groups by NFC) by moving the device near this NFC tag.

Grouping of computers

More computers can be grouped in order to start them at once.

MagicPacket (Windows): Add group
MagicPacket (Windows): Add group

Notes for adding a new group:

  • Name: A name for the group. This name has to be unique among all groups (due to starting a group by voice command).
  • Shortcut URL: The shortcut URL is unique for every group and represents a URL by which a group can be started directly.
  • Adding computers: Computers which have already be added in the app can be added to the group with the add button.
  • Write NFC tag: As with computers, an NFC tag can be written for the group to start it directly by this NFC tag.

Start computers/groups by voice command (Windows Phone only)

MagicPacket uses Windows‘ personal assistent Cortana to start computers/groups by voice command. The following voice commands can be used:

MagicPacket [start|wake] computer|group name of the computer/group

Some examples:

  • MagicPacket start computer Desktop: Starts the computer with the name Desktop
  • MagicPacket group Home: Starts the group Home

Keep in mind that the computer/group to start has to be added in the app before it can be started by voice command.

Start computers/groups by NFC

Computers and groups can be started by an NFC tag (near field communication). Therefor you will need an NFC tag wich can be written from within the app. You only need a device which supports NFC and it has to be enabled in the device’s settings.

To write an NFC tag, just go into a computer’s/group’s settings and tap the button write NFC in the app bar. The app will wait for an NFC tag to be detected – just move your device near an NFC tag and tap the button Write NFC tag.

Now computers/groups can be started simply by moving the device near this NFC tag.

Start computers/groups by shortcut URL

Computers and groups can also be started by shortcut URL. This URL is shown on the computer’s/group’s settings. Copy this URL and use it to call MagicPacket directly starting the computer/group specified.

Pin computers/groups to start screen

To start computers or groups with only one tap, these can be added to the start screen. This is done with the flyout menu on a computer or group (simply tap and hold a computer/group) and tapping pin to start. Now another tile appears on the start screen. Simply tap this tile and the computer or group is started directly.

Synchronization of computers/groups

The computers and groups added in the app are synchronized betweend devices by using your Microsoft LiveID, i.e. computers/groups added on you Windows phone will also appear on you tablet PC after a short while.

MagicPacket (Windows Phone): Pinned titles to start computer/group
MagicPacket (Windows Phone): Pinned titles to start computer/group

App settings

The mode for Wake On LAN is specified in the app settings:

MagicPacket (Windows): Settings
MagicPacket (Windows): Settings


When the mode is set to Automatic, the Wake On LAN command being sent depends on the computer’s properties, i.e. first of all the Wake On LAN command is sent over the local network (because the MAC address of a computer is mandatory). If host and port are also specified for a computer, the command is also sent over the internet (Wake On WAN).

Wake On LAN

A Wake On LAN command is always sent over the local network only. Therefor, a WiFi connection has to be established.

Wake On WAN

A Wake On LAN command is always sent over the internet only (Wake On WAN). Therefor, host and port have to be specified on the computer to start.


The command is always sent over the local network and the inernet simultaneously. A WiFi connection has to be established and host/port of a computer have to be specified.


MagicPacket is avaibale for Windows and Windows Phone:

Preis: Kostenlos


MagicPacket is currently available in English and German. If you want to support the development of the app, you can help translate the app into other languages. Just send me an e-mail for further details.

I would also be glad for any constructive critisism or ideas for improvement to make the app even better.

You can also support the app by rating it in the app store.

16 Kommentare zu „MagicPacket“

  1. Hi,
    I realy like your app. Is it possible to use a commandline to remote shutdown
    a PC? (or a batch-file)
    It would be nice to integrate a button to direct\y shutdown a pc…/ or group.
    Regards, Peter

    1. Hello Peter,

      you can start a computer/group by shortcut: Open up the computer/group in edit mode and copy the „Shortcut-URL“. Now, on the Windows desktop, add a new shortcut by right click. Here you enter the copied URL. Now you have a shortcut on the desktop to start a remote computer/group by a simple click.
      And yes, you are right that this is not possible for remote shutdown. I’ll put this on the to-do list.

      Best regards,

  2. It worked for a while, then when i try to shut down it just closes the app. Any ideas? I did get the latest windows 10 mobile insider build…..

    1. Hello,

      at the moment I can’t test it on the latest mobile insider build. On the desktop insider build, it works fine.
      Is it only when trying a remote shutdown? What about standby/hibernate/restart?

      Best regards,

  3. Hi,

    Thankyou for these software applications, they are great to use. Unfortunately I am at the stage of having to move to Android Mobile.

    Do you have any plans to do a version of this app for Android Play Store?

    1. Hi,

      unfortunately, I’m not into Android app developement. So I don’t plan an implementation for Android…sorry.
      But I’m sure that there are already good WoL apps in the Android app store.

      Best regards,

  4. Hello
    thanks for this nice and free application.
    I was testing to use it calling my PC from my home Internet connection.
    I have currently a redirect from the public IP adress of my office to a static IP of my PC, on a specific port.
    Trying to put the public IP address and this port in the MagicPacket setup didn’t work in waking up the remote PC.
    It’s something related to the software, or need I to ask the network administrator to setup something specific on the firewall to allow the magic packet to pass trough?

    1. Hello,

      so you have two different networks (home and office), right? The target network needs to be available from the source network. Either by public IP or dynamic DNS. MagicPacket needs to be setup using this public IP/dynamic DNS address.
      In the target network, you’ll also need a port forwarding for UDP and the port specified in the app.

      Best regards,

  5. Hello,
    Is there a way how to import more computers from text or SCV file and
    then call some computer or group wakeup by commandline?
    I saw just link which looks not to be usabel in commandline and import just from its own file.

    1. Hi Martin,

      as I’m not using Windows anymore, I can’t test it for myself, but have you tried something like cmd /c start shortcut_url (where shortcut_url is the link the app gives you for a computer/group).

      Best regards,

    1. Hello Julian,

      I’m sorry, but there is no shortcut link for remote shutdown. That’s because the remote shutdown is not part of the Wake on LAN standard, but a special feature when the app is used with the software Windows Server Advanced Power Management. More information about this feature can be found here.

      Best regards,

  6. Leaving my PC on sleep before leaving the office I’m able to connect remotelly using NoMachine for late working sessions sending Magic Packet using Win UWP app from DecaTec. With the network manager I have mapped a public office IP to my PC static IP so that‘ I’m able to wake it on the Internet. ASUS PRIME B450-Plus mobo, Ryzen 5 2600X CPU, latest BIOS, all latest drivers etc.

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