I use Infuse on my iPad to play videos stored on my Mac.

However, after a few tens of minutes, the connection drops, and it doesn't reconnect. Restarting Infuse doesn't help. When I walk over to the computer, the hard disc light (it's an external disk) is off. When I move the mouse, the hard disc light comes on, and Infuse starts working again.

I tried unticking "Put hard discs to sleep when possible" and it made no difference. I tried resetting NVRAM and SMC and that didn't work either.

I now ticked "Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off". Inufse now works reliably, but I don't like that the Mac is wasting energy, and possibly shortening the life of its components.


  • iMac 5K (Late 2015), running 10.12.4, connected via Wifi
  • Infuse Pro 5.4 on iPad 13-inch running iOS 10.3.1
  • The connection is via SSH.

How do I let my Mac go to sleep but wake up when Infuse connects via SSH?

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    Possible duplicate of Wake-on-Lan Protocol – Allan May 10 '17 at 15:38
  • @VaddadiKartick so you want to wake from lan or wifi? Because you talk about wifi in your but has it tagged as wake from lan. – William May 11 '17 at 4:31
  • Are you sure that Infuse connects over SSH in the first place? Also, does it really matter? Or is the question just "how can I prevent my Mac from sleeping while using Infuse to playback videos from its disk"? What have you already tried (including reaching out to the vendor)? – nohillside May 11 '17 at 7:47
  • @William Wifi. I used "wake-on-lan" more generally, not in the sense of a wired LAN. – Vaddadi Kartick May 12 '17 at 0:43

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