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Snow Leopard: Wake on Demand
Friday, August 28, 2009 - 6:39 PM EST
Posted by: Fran

In case you haven't heard yet, Snow Leopard has a new networking feature called Wake on Demand that allows your Mac to go into sleep mode and still share content and printers over Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The feature works by partnering with a service running on an AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule, which are required, called Bonjour Sleep Proxy. When Wake on Demand is enabled, any Mac on your network running Snow Leopard will automatically register itself and its shared items with the Bonjour Sleep Proxy. Then when a request is made to access a shared item on a Mac running Snow Leopard, the Bonjour Sleep Proxy asks that Mac to wake and handle the request. Once that request is complete, your Mac will go back to sleep at its regularly-scheduled interval. Now, is that cool or what?

If you would like to learn more about Wake on Demand, check out the link from above. It explains everything in greater detail and walks you through setting everything up.

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