PE840: wake on lan, wake on ring

Harald_Jensas at Harald_Jensas at
Tue Dec 11 13:29:41 CST 2007

Forgot to CC the list, sorry.

The PE840 does support Wake-on-Lan (WOL).

Wake Up Capabilities

The Wake Up Capabilities property enables the network adapter to wake up
from a low-power mode when it receives a network wake-up frame. Two
types of wake-up frames are possible: Magic Packet(tm) and Wake Up

    Both (default). Selects both Magic Packet and Wake Up Frame as
wake-up frames.

    Magic Packet. Selects Magic Packet as the wake-up frame.

    None. Selects no wake-up frame.

    Wake Up Frame. Selects Wake Up Frame as the wake-up frame and allows
the network adapter to wake the operating system when an event such as a
ping or an Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) request is received.

You need to enable this via NIC settings. On Windows you would use the
BACS2 (Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2) to enable this feature. On
linux I belive you use the ethtool to do this.

Try ethtool <interfacename> (Usually: ethtool eth0)

This should print your current NIC settings:
Settings for eth0:
        Supports Wake-on: g
        Wake-on: g

The ethtool WOL options are as follows: (From manual file on ubuntu

       wol p|u|m|b|a|g|s|d...
              Set Wake-on-LAN options.  Not all devices support this.
The argument to this option is a string of characters specifying which
options  to
              p  Wake on phy activity
              u  Wake on unicast messages
              m  Wake on multicast messages
              b  Wake on broadcast messages
              a  Wake on ARP
              g  Wake on MagicPacket(tm)
              s  Enable SecureOn(tm) password for MagicPacket(tm)
              d  Disable (wake on nothing).  This option clears all
previous options.

       sopass xx:yy:zz:aa:bb:cc
              Set the SecureOn(tm) password.  The argument to this
option must be 6 bytes in ethernet MAC hex format (xx:yy:zz:aa:bb:cc).

       msglvl N
              Set the driver message level. Meanings differ per driver.

So to change the settings run: ethtool -s wol

Normally the settings does not survive a reboot, so you probably have to
add something to rc.local or add an init script to enable WOL on every
time the system starts.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-bounces at [mailto:linux-poweredge-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Giulio Orsero
> Sent: 11 December 2007 18:38
> To: linux-poweredge-Lists
> Subject: PE840: wake on lan, wake on ring
> Can anyone confirm that PE840:
> 1) cannot do wake on lan
> 2) cannot do wake on ring
> ?
> If wol is possible, since I see no evidence of it in the BIOS setup,
> does it
> mean you have to enable it via nic settings only (ie: ethtool) and no
> option is available to enable/disable it?
> Thanks.
> --
> giulioo at
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