Send WOL when no response ping

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Send WOL when no response ping

Post by joz » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:00 am

Nevermind what I thought up below I have looked a bit further into network receiver/sender and setup a solution dependent on that, seems to do the job well so far I've tested (which is not a lot yet). Did find that when I set a password for the sender/receiver I had an MD5 checksum error (password was 100% correct, both sides), no password works.

Hi all,

I'm totally unfamiliar with python, so excuse my noobishness :)
What I'm trying to accomplish is the following scenario;
I have a NAS (well, just a desktop) that goes to sleep. I run MediaPortal on my HTPC and it loads stuff of the NAS but ofcourse can't while it's asleep. Now to overcome some issues with MP I would like to be able to ping my NAS when I press play. If I do not get an answer I (in a second or so) I want eventghost to send a wol to the nas first, then wait a couple seconds (I think 10 would be fine) and then fire play to MP.
If it receive a response to the ping it can play immediatly.

I have found some script that pings and looks for the response, seemed like a nice start. Can't get it to go though cause it's chokin' on, no clue why. This does nothing else yet, just trying something first, if I can't get this to go myself it's kinda hopeless :) Might have to dig into python a lot more.
Any help getting there would be awesome!

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import re
from subprocess import Popen, PIPE
from threading import Thread

print 'starting'
class Pinger(object):
    def __init__(self, hosts):
        for host in hosts:
            pa = PingAgent(host)
class PingAgent(Thread):
    def __init__(self, host):
        Thread.__init__(self)        = host

    def run(self):
        p = Popen('ping -n 1 ' +, stdout=PIPE)
        m ='Gemiddelde = (.*)ms',
        if m: print 'Round Trip Time: %s ms -',,
        else: print  'Error: Invalid Response -',

hosts = [
I also though about not having the timeout for the NAS to wake but using the network sender/receiver, so the NAS will send an event to the HTPC when it's set to go.

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Re: Send WOL when no response ping

Post by bskchaos » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:35 pm


I created a very simple page and use EG to handle a WOL utility.
I will check your script to leech some ideas.

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Re: Send WOL when no response ping

Post by miljbee » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:32 am

I wrote a ping plugin :

You can get it here : ... f=9&t=2318

There is two different version.

I you just plan to ping on demand, I would recommand you to get the first realease.

Just have a look at the readme of the two versions to choose the one you need by yourself.

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