Wakeup-On-Lan (WOL)



  • Wakeup-On-Lan (WOL)
    Anyone use a Windows 7 box to wake there Pfsense box?

    If so, what method or program do you use?



  • I don't use this personally, but quick googling provide this name: WakeMeOnLAN



  • I also have Googled and Googled… Its a bit different though sense your dealing with Unix/Freebsd. Could not find any clear direction using a windows platform to wake Pfsense box.



  • There are several freely available Windows programs that do WOL. One is

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

    But this doesn't mean it will actually work. The machine and ethernet device you have pfsene on must be capable of responding to the WOL packet, and the network topology in use must be capable of passing the WOL packet fully to the pfsense machine.



  • There are several freely available Windows programs that do WOL. One is

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

    But this doesn't mean it will actually work. The machine and ethernet device you have pfsene on must be capable of responding to the WOL packet, and the network topology in use must be capable of passing the WOL packet fully to the pfsense machine.

    I tried a open source WOL program last night (WakeOnLanGui) and failed to wake Pfsense. So I assumed it was going to be a pain to wake a Freebsd/Pfsense box.

    I just tested WakeMeOnLan and worked flawlessly.
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

    Thanks…

    Here's one which can Power up, Reboot or Shut down your Pfsense box.
    http://software.bootblock.co.uk/?id=wakeonlanex2

    But still no luck shutting down or powering up the box through wireless AP, only works though ethernet cable.

    Switch and AP is powered up....Anyone know why it can't power up or shut down the Pfsense box though a wireless connection to the AP?



  • Is the AP you mention an external AP connected to your pfSense box by ethernet or a WiFi NIC on pfSense configured to act as an AP?

    If the AP is external, is it acting as a bridge or a router?



  • Wake on Lan (WOL) and Wake on Wireless LAN (WoWLAN) aren't identically equivalent. Your hardware might not support WoWLAN.



  • Anyone know why it can't power up or shut down the Pfsense box though a wireless connection to the AP?

    Box doesn't support WOL

    Box doesn't know what OS it has while its shut off now does it?!  The NIC or Wireless NIC does have to have power to it and be WOL compatible before it will work.



  • Pfsense Beta1 2.1 (i386) is running on a HP Elite Book 8530p Notebook Core 2 Duo 2.53Ghz 4GB Ram with a Expresscard/Realtek 8111 being used as the WAN port, build in Intel ethernet as LAN.

    The switch is a Cisco SG-300-10

    The AP is a Cisco AIR-AP1242-AG-A-K9

    I originally had the AP plugged into a Netgear 824 router no vlans of course, getting the feel of the AP before I setup a PF box…..with no changes it's functioning on the SG-300-10 switch.....
    I still have to make some changes of course to the AP based on the new setup. For example, I still need to setup at less one Vlan and verify other settings etc... the same goes for the Switch and Pfsense.
    But it simply seem like the mac and ip isn't passing though the AP based on the current settings. For the time being I have all the ports on the switch setup as access/Vlan20.

    I was just assumed sense it is functioning (AP), I should be able to WOL the Pfsense box by accessing through the WIFI/AP. Keep in mind everything is powered up except for the
    laptop...the goal is to power up or power down the Pfsense box. The reason for this is for my GF, when I'm not there she can power it up with her laptop by connecting to the wireless AP.

    Would be running 2.0.2 with a single ethernet cable but was having issues with the switch. And 2.0.2 doesn't support my Expresscard/Realtek 8111 so ended up installing 2.1 Beta1 which does.  
    I'm confident the Vlans where setup correctly, but there must be some setting  :'( within the 3L switch mucking things up for me. Will figure it out another day.
    As for networking, I had no idea of the complexity until I got the Cisco SG-300-10 and started plundering deep into PF. To start off with had issues with DHCP/Gateway handout from my
    ISP being able to pass though the switch. Finely got a hint to turn off CDP in the switch  :-[ .......Networking is quite a mind Wack if you look at the big picture.....Guess give it another year networking wont be so daunting.

    Give me a couple of days to finish what I know needs to be done and will report back.


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