Wake-on-LAN support in FreeBSD?

Peter fbsdq at peterk.org
Tue May 12 14:12:05 UTC 2009

> --On May 11, 2009 8:06:41 PM -0600 Tim Judd <tajudd at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've read Google, I've done my research, and know that what I say is the
>> last word.  They've exampled how WOL works, and as I said, it's a mode
>> the NIC gets set to and then the ACPI shuts the power off.
>> Without this mode, the WOL packets get to it, but it doesn't consider
>> them magic, and as a result, it will not power on the box.
>> There were some examples, but not enough testing/any testing results
>> were
>> posted online so I assume the poster left it stagnant.
> Tim, I know nothing about WOL on FreeBSD, but according to the wiki,
> development just started in 8 CURRENT:
> http://wiki.freebsd.org/WakeOnLan
> So unless you're running CURRENT, it doesn't look like you're going to
> have any success trying to get it to work.  Even if you have 8 CURRENT,
> you'll still need to figure out if your NIC is supported yet, or write the
> code yourself if you have that capability.
> Paul Schmehl, If it isn't already
> obvious, my opinions are my own
> and not those of my employer.

Been using WOL on -STABLE since 7.0 I believe [not sure]
Currently using WOL on fxp and vr cards [which wiki lists as supported]

 and then:
wol -vi 00:30:6e:11:f8:45

this box was both public IP and private IP - If I do a wol broadcast on it will not wake up the other box, plugged into same
switch - but doing broadcast on local subnet wakes it up.... any ideas?

I do have an nvidia card, if I boot the bios/POST ONLY, and not let it go
into FreeBSD [hard power off at boot prompt], WOL works [via BIOS].  If I
boot up FreeBSD, do graceful shutdown WOL no longer works.


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