2011-08-18: Today is a sad day :( .

2011-08-15: This app has been accepted in Palm App Catalog so you should be able to install it from there .

2011-05-23: Source code for this app is now available on google code .

Wake-on-LAN (WoL) is an application for the Palm WebOS that sends a magic packet to remotely wake up computers and other devices. For more information about WoL please see the wikipedia page for it.

Below is a quick video demo of this application.


The interface is very simple. You add a target, and then click on the item in the list to send the magic packet.

Main screen Interface for adding a new target Interface showing the additional fields for waking devices from an external network. About screen showing the versions of the interface and the underlying service.

How to get it

If you have webOS 2.0 or newer then you can install it from the official Palm App Catalog. Search for “Wake on LAN Client.”

Preware showing the entries for WOL.  If you install the first one the second will be automatically pulled in as a dependency.

If you have a device that is on webOS versions older than 2.0 then you will have to use Preware. Because of the use of undocumented APIs, this application will not be available in the regular Palm App Catalog for pre-2.0 webOS. Instead you will have to install one of the homebrew installers like Preware that has the Preware repository as a source. The application is available in there as “Wake-on-LAN client.”

Disclaimer / Licensing

The MIT License

Copyright© 2009 Farhan Ahmad

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.



9:44 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 8, 2009 (about 3 days, 21 hours after publishing)
target IP address? eddie
I was glad to see someone make a WOL program (been relying on pWOL -and more!- through Classic). However, and granted I haven't had a chance to test yet, but how does the program know what IP to send the magic packet to?

also, will future versions include ways to manage entries, like editing and/or deleting?

thanks for your hard work!
8:10 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 8, 2009 (about 4 days, 8 hours after publishing)
RE: target IP address? farhan
Right now I have it broadcasting to all interfaces on (so only the "local" network, i.e. routers won't forward). I will be updating it so it only sends it on the wireless network (i.e. not cellular).

Version 0.5 already includes the ability to delete entries (swipe the entry to left or right), but I haven't figured out the interface enough to decide how to best allow the user to edit an existing entry. I didn't want that to be the default action (i.e. tapping on an entry) because most of the times you will be sending the magic packet rather than editing.

Let me know how you like it once you have had a chance to try it out :)
11:25 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 22, 2009 (about 2 weeks, 3 days after publishing)
Like It Ish
Hi, like the app, any plans to allow sending the magic packet to an IP address using your internet connection (WiFi or cellular?).

I like to leave my home PC off but occasionally want to VNC in when out and about and being able to do this makes it all happen.
7:29 p.m. Monday Dec. 28, 2009 (about 3 weeks, 3 days after publishing)
RE: Like It farhan
Hello, I just sent you an email.

- Farhan
5:55 p.m. Friday Jan. 1, 2010 (about 4 weeks after publishing)
WoL service not running on 1.3.5 Jesus
I've been wanting to try your product as I set up a media server with my HTPC. However, I don't think the service installs correctly on 1.3.5 when I check the about page on the front end it can't contact the service because it says it's not running. I installed through Preware.
7:42 a.m. Sunday Jan. 3, 2010 (about 4 weeks, 1 day after publishing)
RE: WoL service not running on 1.3.5 Steve
This happens to me as well. When I go into "About Wake-On-Lan," I get the Error "Sorry, the service call failed: com.thebitguru.wolservice is not running."

I also can't uninstall the WOL service in Preware, as I get an IPKG error so I can't try reinstalling.

Would love to see this fixed as I've been waiting on a WOL client for the Pre!
11:33 p.m. Sunday Jan. 3, 2010 (about 1 month after publishing)
RE: RE: WoL service not running on 1.3.5 farhan
Steve, I just sent you an email. Let's continue there. Thanks.
11:27 p.m. Sunday Jan. 3, 2010 (about 1 month after publishing)
RE: WoL service not running on 1.3.5 farhan
Thanks for reporting, this should be fixed now (version 0.5.2), make sure to update the feed before installing because I pushed 0.5.1 that didn't work as well :)
12:27 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 5, 2010 (about 1 month after publishing)
WOL Mark
I am also someone who is glad to see a WOL app. I saw another post regarding the ability to submit a WOL packet when not on the local network. I'd definitely be interested in that, as I too sometimes have the need to transmit a "wake-up" to my home computer when I'm out of the house.
6:06 p.m. Thursday Jan. 21, 2010 (about 1 month, 2 weeks after publishing)
HOW? Firdaush
I was wondering what I needed to do on my computer. So Hibernate or sleep. Ect.. I also have router so which MAC address do I use? This is a little confusing so I would love your help. Please respond via email.
8:23 a.m. Friday Jan. 22, 2010 (about 1 month, 2 weeks after publishing)
RE: HOW? farhan
Check your email.
6:09 p.m. Thursday Jan. 21, 2010 (about 1 month, 2 weeks after publishing)
Also Firdaush
Sorry To add in a separate post. Will this work on anything with a MAC address, which is on the same network. Like a Ps3? Xbox 360?
2:01 a.m. Saturday Oct. 2, 2010 (about 10 months after publishing)
works! bikefridaywalter
it does exactly what it's supposed to. managed to get it working on the mac, too. added some relevant info to the wikipedia page for those floundering. unfortunately, i don't have a way to test if this can wake a WoWLAN-equipped machine. is that possible? i would say that's something i'd love to see, personally. when i get a new computer :/ it would also be rad to see this work over the internets (especially on the cell network). wouldn't imagine it would be too difficult given that the appropriate port forwarding was set up. which reminds me: if that does happen, i would personally request the option to select the port you want to use. thanks farhan!
1:38 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 9, 2010 (about 11 months, 1 week after publishing)
RE: works! farhan
The ability to send WoL packets to external networks (e.g. cell network or internet in general) has been added. I have also added the ability to specify the port that the packet should be sent on. Please update to the latest version for these changes. Here is the official announcement:
8:57 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010 (about 11 months, 1 week after publishing)
RE: RE: works! bikefridaywalter
Thx for the personal email and glad the Wikipedia contribution helped. Wish I could offer assistance re: WoWLAN, but it's probably a bit early for that anyways, eh? Anywho set up a new entry to the existing MAC address to go through my external IP and a specified port which I had forwarded appropriately, turned off wifi on the phone and hit send. Awakened remotely! Yey! Thx!
9:33 a.m. Friday Dec. 31, 2010 (about 1 year after publishing)
Excellent tool, easy to provision and use. Starz
Excellent tool, easy to provision and use.
2:13 p.m. Thursday Mar. 17, 2011 (about 1 year, 3 months after publishing)
Not found bert
I can't found the nice app in preware. Where is ist?
6:09 p.m. Sunday Mar. 20, 2011 (about 1 year, 3 months after publishing)
RE: Not found farhan
If you search for "wake" you should see the following two entries. I just installed a fresh 2.1 image along with Preware and confirmed that these show up. I have posted a screenshot under the "How to get it" section above.
9:39 a.m. Monday May. 23, 2011 (about 1 year, 5 months after publishing)
WebOS 2.X Romario
Any news related to WebOS 2.x support? I am really missing this app ...
7:44 p.m. Monday May. 23, 2011 (about 1 year, 5 months after publishing)
RE: WebOS 2.X farhan
Hi Mario,

Sorry, I have been very busy with my job and haven't had much time to devote this. I have the code updated to node.js based web service that is compatible with WebOS 2.0, but I am having a few issues. Also, the code is now available at in case if someone wants to help. I am hoping to publish this as a free app on the market once the kinks are worked out.

- Farhan
12:39 p.m. Friday May. 27, 2011 (about 1 year, 5 months after publishing)
RE: RE: WebOS 2.X Romario
Hi Farhan,

thank you very much for your quick response. Did you already solve the problem? Please, don't feel pushed or anything ;-)

12:31 p.m. Saturday May. 28, 2011 (about 1 year, 5 months after publishing)
RE: RE: RE: WebOS 2.X farhan
Not yet. Hopefully soon :)
4 a.m. Wednesday Jul. 20, 2011 (about 1 year, 7 months after publishing)
WOL service error? Richard

It could be that I am too early still for webOS2.1 on my Pre2, but it does not work for me.
When I go into "About Wake-On-Lan," I get the Error "Sorry, the service call failed: Not permitted to send to com.thebitguru.wolservice."

And no matter how I set my command (with/out IP, different port#, etc) it does not work.

Does it indeed not work yet on webOS2.x?
11:08 a.m. Wednesday Jul. 20, 2011 (about 1 year, 7 months after publishing)
RE: WOL service error? farhan
Hello Richard,

The version in preware does not work in WebOS 2.x. I have the code updated and working on 2.x, but I am having issues publishing it on the market. I am waiting for Palm to respond to my inquiry. In the meanwhile, if you are familiar, you can install the app from the ipk:

- Farhan
7:10 a.m. Thursday Jul. 21, 2011 (about 1 year, 7 months after publishing)
RE: RE: WOL working fine on webOS 2.1! Richard
Hello Farhan,

YES! This version 0.8.0 is working fine, both over WiFi and over GPRS.
Thank you, now I can switch on my HTPC/mediacenter/media store from anywhere on the planet... :)

Tested on my Pre2 on webOS 2.1.

Regards, Richard.
8:41 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 30, 2011 (about 1 year, 8 months after publishing)
WOL on Pre3 Mike

Sadly the version currently provided through the app catalog does not even install on My Pre3. . Any hints?
12:13 a.m. Monday Nov. 14, 2011 (about 1 year, 11 months after publishing)
RE: WOL on Pre3 farhan
A developer recently volunteered to help with the Pre3 update. We should be publishing an updated version soon.
12:30 p.m. Sunday Sep. 18, 2011 (about 1 year, 9 months after publishing)
Can't install on doctored Pre2 webOS 2.1.0 psv
Hi, just doctored my Pre2 webOS 2.1.0 but still can't install this app. Just says "Install failed" over and over again (retry/dont install). Used this app before it was in app catalog successfully, but can't get it back now :( Really good and useful app. Any tips for me?
4:49 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011 (about 1 year, 11 months after publishing)
RE: Can't install on doctored Pre2 webOS 2.1.0 WK
same for me. Any pointers? Install from source ?