Best Practices

Use unicast for sending wake-up packets    Unicast is more secure than subnet-directed broadcasts because the packet is sent directly to a computer rather than to all computers on a subnet. However, unicast will not work in all environments. For more information, see Choose Between Unicast and Subnet-Directed Broadcast for Wake On LAN.

If you must use subnet-directed broadcasts, configure routers to allow IP-directed broadcasts only from the site server and only on a non-default port number    Subnet directed broadcasts are vulnerable to smurf attacks. Limiting the broadcasts to a trusted source, the site server computer, and a non-default UDP port, help to mitigate the risk. For more information, see Secure Routers for Subnet-Directed Broadcasts for Wake On LAN.

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