Wake-on-LAN support in FreeBSD?

Paul B. Mahol onemda at gmail.com
Tue May 12 10:10:17 UTC 2009

On 5/12/09, Tim Judd <tajudd at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

FUD, read ifconfig(8)
> 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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