gWakeOnLan uses the
Wake On LAN
system to turn on a machine in both local network or through Internet.
The Wake On LAN type used by gWakeOnLan is called Magic Packet and is accomplishedby sending to the target machine a special crafted UDP packet containing some data. The sleeping machine must be configured to receive the packets even in turned off state so that when the special Magic Packet is received the machine will automatically turned on.
To allow gWakeOnLan to work all the system requirements must be met.
When the request type made from gWakeOnLan is Local (broadcast) the Magic Packet is sent to the whole local network via a broadcast request made to the special IP address 255.255.255.255. In a normal network environment where the broadcast packets are not blocked in any level, all the machines in the local network will receive the packet.
When the request type is Internet a destination
host is required and the Magic Packet will be sent to such host
which must provide to send it to the correct turned off machine.
The destination host is not meant to be the machine to turn on but a reachable network peer that could receive the UDP packet and forward it to the machine to turn on using the Wake On LAN.