Wake-on-LAN (WoL) is a feature to switch on a computer via the network.
- 1 Hardware settings
- 2 Software configuration
- 3 Trigger a wake up
- 4 Miscellaneous
- 5 Troubleshooting
- 6 See also
The target computer's motherboard and Network Interface Controller have to support Wake-on-LAN. The target computer has to be physically connected (with a cable) to a router or to the source computer, wireless cards do not support WoL.
The Wake-on-LAN feature also has to be enabled in the computer's BIOS. Different motherboard manufacturers use slightly different language for this feature. Look for terminology such as "PCI Power up", "Allow PCI wake up event" or "Boot from PCI/PCI-E".
It is known that some motherboards are affected by a bug that can cause immediate or random wake-up after a shutdown whenever the BIOS WoL feature is enabled (as discussed in this thread for example). The following actions in the BIOS preferences can solve this issue with some motherboards:
- Disable all references to xHCI in the USB settings (note this will also disable USB 3.0 at boot time)
- Disable EuP 2013 if it is explicitly an option
- Optionally enable wake-up on keyboard actions
Enable WoL on the network adapter
Depending on the hardware, the network driver may have WoL switched off by default.
To query this status or to change the settings, installand query the network device via this command:
# ethtool net0 | grep Wake-on
Supports Wake-on: pumbag Wake-on: d
The Wake-on values define what activity triggers wake up:
p (PHY activity),
u (unicast activity),
m (multicast activity),
b (broadcast activity),
a (ARP activity), and
g (magic packet activity). The value
g is required for WoL to work, if not, the following command enables the WoL feature in the driver:
# ethtool -s net0 wol g
This command might not last beyond the next reboot and in this case must be repeated via some mechanism. Common solutions are listed in the following subsections.
Make it persistent
If using netctl, one can make this setting persistent by adding the following the netctl profile:
ExecUpPost='/usr/bin/ethtool -s net0 wol g'
Link-level configuration is possible through systemd. The actual setup is performed by the
net_setup_link udev builtin. Add the
WakeOnLan option to the network link file:
[Link] WakeOnLan=magic ...
See systemd-networkd#link files and for more information.
This is an equivalent of previous
systemd.link option, but uses a standalone systemd service.
[Unit] Description=Wake-on-LAN for %i Requires=network.target After=network.target [Service] ExecStart=/usr/bin/ethtool -s %i wol g Type=oneshot [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Alternatively install theAUR package.
Then activate this new service by starting
ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="net", NAME=="enp*", RUN+="/usr/bin/ethtool -s $name wol g"
$name placeholder will be replaced by the value of the
NAME variable for the matched device.
@reboot /usr/bin/ethtool -s [net-device] wol g
In version 1.0.6 NetworkManager adds Wake-on-LAN controls. One way to enable Wake-on-LAN by magic packet is through nmcli.
First, search for the name of the wired connection:
# nmcli con show
NAME UUID TYPE DEVICE wired1 612e300a-c047-4adb-91e2-12ea7bfe214e 802-3-ethernet enp0s25
By following, one can view current status of Wake-on-LAN settings:
# nmcli c show "wired1" | grep 802-3-ethernet.wake-on-lan
802-3-ethernet.wake-on-lan: default 802-3-ethernet.wake-on-lan-password: --
Enable Wake-on-LAN by magic packet on that connection:
# nmcli c modify "wired1" 802-3-ethernet.wake-on-lan magic
Then reboot, possibly two times.
From version 1.2.0 Wake-on-LAN settings can be changed graphically using.
Enable WoL in TLP
When using TLP for suspend/hibernate, the
WOL_DISABLE setting should be set to
/etc/default/tlp to allow resuming the computer with WoL.
Trigger a wake up
To trigger WoL on a target machine, its MAC address and external or internal IP should be known.
To obtain the internal IP address and MAC address of the target computer, execute the following command:
$ ip addr
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN group default link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00 inet 127.0.0.1/8 scope host lo valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever inet6 ::1/128 scope host valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever 2: enp1s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,PROMISC,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel master br0 state UP group default qlen 1000 link/ether 48:05:ca:09:0e:6a brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff inet 192.168.1.20/24 brd 192.168.1.255 scope global br0 valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever inet6 fe80::6a05:caff:fe09:e6a/64 scope link valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
Here the internal IP address is
192.168.1.20 and the MAC address is
One program able to send magic packets for WoL is.
On the same LAN
If you are connected directly to another computer through a network cable, or the traffic within a LAN is not firewalled, then using Wake-on-LAN should be very easy since there is no need to worry about port redirects.
In the simplest case the default broadcast address
255.255.255.255 is used:
$ wol target_MAC_address
To broadcast the magic packet only to a specific subnet or host, use the
$ wol -i target_IP target_MAC_address
Across the internet
When the source and target computers are separated by a router, Wake-on-LAN can be achieved via port forwarding. The router needs to be configured using one of these two options:
- Forward a different port to each target machine. This requires any target machine to have a static IP address on its LAN.
- Forward a single port to the broadcast address. This is likely not possible on your router with the stock firmware, in this case refer to #Forward a port to the broadcast address for workarounds.
In both cases, run the following command from the source computer to trigger wake-up:
$ wol -p forwarded_port -i router_IP target_MAC_address
Forward a port to the broadcast address
Most routers do not allow to forward to broadcast, however if you can get shell access to your router (through telnet, ssh, serial cable, etc), you can implement this workaround:
$ ip neighbor add 192.168.1.254 lladdr FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF dev net0
(The above command assumes your network is 192.168.1.0/24 and uses net0 as network interface). Now, forward UDP port 9 to 192.168.1.254. This has worked for me on a Linksys WRT54G running Tomato, and on the Verizon FIOS ActionTec router.
Check reception of the magic packets
In order to make sure the WoL packets reach the target computer, one can listen to the UDP port, usually port 9, for magic packets.
This can be performed by installing official repositories on the target computer and using the following command:from the
# nc --udp --listen --local-port=9 --hexdump
Then wait for the incoming traffic to appear in the
The magic packet frame expected contains 6 bytes of FF followed by 16 repetitions of the target computer's MAC (6 bytes each) for a total of 102 bytes.
Example of WoL script
Here is a script that illustrates the use of
wol with several different machines:
#!/bin/bash # definition of MAC addresses monster=01:12:46:82:ab:4f chronic=00:3a:53:21:bc:30 ghost=01:1a:d2:56:6b:e6 echo "Which PC to wake?" echo "m) monster" echo "c) chronic" echo "g) ghost" echo "b) wake monster, wait 40sec, then wake chronic" echo "q) quit" read input1 case $input1 in m) /usr/bin/wol $monster ;; c) /usr/bin/wol $chronic ;; g) # this line requires an IP address in /etc/hosts for ghost and should use # wol over the internet provided that port 9 is forwarded to ghost on ghost's router /usr/bin/wol -v -h -p 9 ghost $ghost ;; b) /usr/bin/wol $monster echo "monster sent, now waiting for 40sec then waking chronic" sleep 40 /usr/bin/wol $chronic ;; Q|q) break ;; esac
Battery draining problem
Some laptops have a battery draining problem after shutdown . This might be caused by enabled WOL. To solve this problem, disable it by using ethtool as mentioned above.
# ethtool -s net0 wol d
Users with Realtek 8168 8169 8101 8111(C) based NICs (cards / and on-board) may notice a problem where the NIC seems to be disabled on boot and has no Link light. See Network configuration#Realtek no link / WOL problem.
If the link light on the network switch is enabled when the computer is turned off but wake on LAN is still not working, booting the system using thekernel module at least once and then switching back to the r8169 kernel module included with the kernel seems to fix it at least in the following configurations:
- MSI B85M-E45 motherboard, BIOS version V10.9, onboard Realtek 8111G chipset
r8168 module you might need to set the
s5wol=1 module option to enable the wake on LAN functionality.
alx driver support
For some newer Atheros-based NICs (such as Atheros AR8161 and Killer E2500), WOL support has been disabled in the mainline
alx module due to a bug causing unintentional wake-up (see this patch discussion). A patch can be applied (or installed as a dkms module) which both restores WOL support and fixes the underlying bug, as outlined in this thread.