MagicPacket 1.1.2

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dotnet add package MagicPacket --version 1.1.2                
NuGet\Install-Package MagicPacket -Version 1.1.2                
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="MagicPacket" Version="1.1.2" />                
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add MagicPacket --version 1.1.2                
#r "nuget: MagicPacket, 1.1.2"                
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install MagicPacket as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=MagicPacket&version=1.1.2

// Install MagicPacket as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=MagicPacket&version=1.1.2                

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A cross-platform, light-weight implementation of the Magic Packet -- most commonly known for its use in Wake-on-LAN.

  • Supports use of Secure-On passwords.
  • Configuration file for easy setup and use.
  • On-demand configuration as arguments (bypass the configuration file).
  • Supports multiple network interfaces**.
  • Supports targeting machines on remote networks (explicity define the broadcast address).
  • Broadcasts on the following ports:
    • Reserved Port Number (Port 0)
    • Echo Protocol (Port 7)
    • Discard Protocol (Port 9)

**Note: The default behavior is to broadcast on every network interface, to change this, explicity define the broadcast endpoint in the configuration file or as an input argument when running the application.

Known Limitations
  • The current release does not send using EtherType 0x0842.
  • Networks that exclusively use IPv6 only, are supported, but require manual definition of the broadcast address, as the automated broadcast address discovery function requires IPv4 to work.

How to Use

  1. Download the portable executable file for your platform or compile the program from the source.
  2. Open configuration.json using a text editor (e.g. Notepad).
  3. Set the values in the configuration file. At the minimum, define the value for target machine MAC address.
  4. Run the application! (MagicPacket.exe).
Configuration File

The configuration file is in a JSON with comments format. The comments are there to help guide you. (In the below snippet, the comments have been removed for a cleaner documentation of the file format.)

  "Target": "00-00-00-00-00-00",
  "Broadcast": "",
  "Password": "",
  "Timeout": 0
  • Target (Required). The target MAC address, in hexadecimal format. The value can be separated with colons (:) dashes (-), or spaces ( ).
  • Broadcast (Optional). The IPv4 broadcast address. If there is no value defined, all available network interfaces will be used.
  • Password (Optional). The SecureOn password, in hexadecimal format. If the value is defined, the value must fit into a 4 or 6 bytes.
  • Timeout (Optional). The timeout (in milliseconds) for the process to complete. The value can be an integer value between 0 to 65,535. Where a value of zero (or not defined) equals no limit.

Note: All of these values will be overridden if explicity defined through the arguments when calling the process.

On-Demand Configuration

As an alternative to configuring the JSON file, the program supports passing in the arguments explicity such as:

./MagicPacket.exe --target 00:00:00:00:00:00

Note: Any arguments passed explicity will override / supercede any values configured in the configuration.json file.

Portable Binary Downloads

There are portable binaries for the following platforms:

For previous releases you can find them here.

Standards and References

This implementation follows the specifications outlined in the Magic Packet Technology, Whitepaper which was originally proposed by AMD and Hewlett Packard back in 1995.

In addition to following the specification, the program also has support for Secure-On passwords (which was added later). Another good resource published by Texas Instruments covers the entire specification and was also referenced.

What is Wake-on-LAN?

Wake-on-LAN (WOL) is an Ethernet or Token Ring computer networking standard that allows a computer to be turned on or awakened by a network message.

The message is usually sent to the target computer by a program executed on a device connected to the same local area network. It is also possible to initiate the message from another network by using subnet directed broadcasts or a WoL gateway service.

Equivalent terms include wake on WAN, remote wake-up, power on by LAN, power up by LAN, resume by LAN, resume on LAN and wake up on LAN.

What is a Magic Packet?

The magic packet is a frame that is most often sent as a broadcast and that contains anywhere within its payload 6 bytes of all 255 (e.g., FF FF FF FF FF FF in hexadecimal), followed by 16 repetitions of the target computer's 48-bit MAC address, for a total of 102 bytes.

Since the magic packet is only scanned for the string above, and not actually parsed by a full protocol stack, it could be sent as payload of any network- and transport-layer protocol, although it is typically sent as a UDP datagram to port 0 (reserved port number), 7 (Echo Protocol) or 9 (Discard Protocol), or directly over Ethernet as EtherType 0x0842.

A connection-oriented transport-layer protocol like TCP is less suited for this task as it requires establishing an active connection before sending user data.

A standard magic packet has the following basic limitations:

  • Requires destination computer MAC address (also may require a Secure-On password).
  • Does not provide a delivery confirmation.
  • May not work outside of the local network.
  • Requires hardware support of Wake-on-LAN on destination machine.
  • Most 802.11 wireless interfaces do not maintain a link in low power states and cannot receive a magic packet.

The Wake-on-LAN implementation is designed to be very simple and to be quickly processed by the circuitry present on the network interface card with minimal power requirement. Because Wake-on-LAN operates below the IP protocol layer, IP addresses and DNS names are meaningless and so the MAC address is required.

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
.NET net6.0 is compatible.  net6.0-android was computed.  net6.0-ios was computed.  net6.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net6.0-macos was computed.  net6.0-tvos was computed.  net6.0-windows was computed.  net7.0 was computed.  net7.0-android was computed.  net7.0-ios was computed.  net7.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net7.0-macos was computed.  net7.0-tvos was computed.  net7.0-windows was computed.  net8.0 was computed.  net8.0-android was computed.  net8.0-browser was computed.  net8.0-ios was computed.  net8.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net8.0-macos was computed.  net8.0-tvos was computed.  net8.0-windows was computed. 
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