Creating a Port Forward in Your Router for Wake on LAN

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July 22, 2021 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 1 minutes

The following ports need to be forwarded for Wake on LAN:

Wake on LAN - PC

  • TCP:
  • UDP: 7, 9

Forward Ports for Wake on LAN

You might need to forward some ports in your router when you use Wake on LAN. By forwarding ports you allow connection requests coming from the internet to be directed to Wake on LAN.

By default routers do not allow incoming network requests. By forwarding a port you can overcome this limitation.

Before Forwarding a Port

Make sure that you know these things before forwarding a port:

Find Your Router's IP Address

You can run our free Router Detector software to locate your router's IP address. Our Router Detector tool is free to use and is part of our Network Utilities software.

You can also follow our Find Your Router IP Address article.

How To Forward Ports for Wake on LAN

The easiest way to forward your ports is to use our Network Utilities software. Network Utilities lets you manage port forwards by putting them in when you need them and also removing the ones that you no longer need which maximized network security.

Alternatively you can do it by hand. The step-by-step process for forwarding a port is:

Some routers need to be rebooted in order for the changes to be saved.

You can choose your router from our list to see exactly how to forward ports for Wake on LAN:

List of Routers - Customized for Wake on LAN

That's all it takes to forward your ports for Wake on LAN.

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