Wake-on-LAN support in FreeBSD?

Tim Judd tajudd at gmail.com
Mon May 11 22:49:15 UTC 2009

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 4:18 PM, Peter Steele <psteele at maxiscale.com> wrote:

> Has anyone successfully used the wake-on-LAN tool wol to wake-up a FreeBSD
> system? If yes, what NICs did you need to use to get this to work?

Search the archives.  The question of Wake-on-LAN has been around for a
while.  I typically respond.

Long story short: Wake-on-LAN requires OS/NIC driver support.  The OS puts
the NIC in a mode at shutdown that allows Wake-on-LAN to work.  FreeBSD has
no Wake-on-LAN driver support, hence, no host running FreeBSD has
Wake-on-LAN capabilities.

I'm shocked that the Intel NICs don't have this support, given that Intel
provides such excellent documentation and/or drivers for FreeBSD.

Please search the archives.

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