Wake-on-LAN support in FreeBSD?

Christian Laursen xi at borderworlds.dk
Tue May 12 13:49:37 UTC 2009

Peter Steele wrote:
> I came across that same reference. Unfortunately we're stuck on 7.0. I take it the point of the "wol" command that available in the ports collection is that it can be used to wake any system that supports wake-on-LAN, and these systems can be running any OS. 
> So, based on what I've read here and in my searches, for wake-on-LAN to work on a given system, the NIC itself has to support this feature, and in addition the OS has to be able to enable this feature (via the driver for the NIC). It seems likely that when this appears that a new option will be provided for the ifconfig command. 

In some cases (depending on the NIC and the BIOS) WOL works even without 
OS support. It might be worth testing before you do anything else.

Christian Laursen

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