Enable Wake on LAN in Windows

The title Enable Wake on LAN in Windows is a bit generic on purpose as this article is targeting any system. Specifically, the screenshots are take from a DELL Optiplex Micro 3040 system, but applies to any other vendor as well (screenshots will differ). The reason why I’m specifically writing this article is because I struggled a bit more than usual with a Micro 3040 model running Windows 10 and I had the 3020 working with no issues. Again, these steps apply to any system running Windows!

Also note that normally, you do not have to set all of the below up (like Firewall etc).

Let’s go in steps, starting with the basics BIOS settings.

  • Make sure the BIOS is up to date.
  • Go in the BIOS by starting the computer up and by pressing F2.
  • On a DELL system, go to Power Management and Disable Deep Sleep Control. If you’re not configuring a DELL, find the option (if it exists) to prevent the system from fully shutting down or hibernating.
    • dell_optiplex_3040_wake_on_lan_disable_deep_sleep
  • Enable Wake on Lan (or Wan or both).
    • dell_optiplex_3040_wake_on_lan_enabled

In order to fully Enable Wake on Lan in Windows, there are a few settings to be changed at the OS level. This process covers Windows 10’s settings, if you’re on Windows 7 or earlier, you may need to skip a setting or two as not present in these versions of Windows.

  • Upgrade the network interface card (NIC) drivers to the latest available.
  • Open the Network Card’s hardware settings and, under Adavanced:
    • Make sure Speed&Duplex is set to Auto Negotiation.
      • nic_advanced_speedAndDuplex_auto-negotiation
    • Enable Wake on Magic Packet.
      • nic_advanced_wakeonlan_wake-on-magic-packet-enabled
  • Go to the NIC’s Power Management tab and select Allow this device to wake the computer.
    • nic_power-management_allow-this-device-to-wake-the-computer
  • In Windows 10, go to the Power Options under Control Panel.
    • On the left hand of the window, click Choose what the power buttons do.
      • power-options_choose-what-the-power-buttons-do
    • Disable the option Turn on fast startup (recommended).
      • power-options_turn-on-fast-startup_disabled
      • Note that this option might get reset after running Windows Update. I have not encountered this problem myself yet.
  • Go to Control Panel > Windows FirewallAdvanced Settings.
    • windows-firewall_advanced-settings
    • Right click on Inbound Rules and select New Rule.
      • windows-firewall_new-rule
    • In the New Rule Wizard, select Port and click Next.
      • windows-firewall_new-rule_port
    • Under Protocol and Ports, select UDP and Specific local ports and type 9.
      • windows-firewall_new-rule_UDP_Port-9
    • See the screenshots for the rest of the steps:
      • windows-firewall_new-rule_Action
      • windows-firewall_new-rule_Profile
      • windows-firewall_new-rule_Name

This should be enough for you to get Wake On Lan configured on the machine you want.

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Install Wake on LAN on a NAS

I have a couple of NAS boxes and I wanted to install a Wake on LAN application on one of them so that I could turn my devices connected to the LAN through one of them. The main reason why I wanted to do this is because my home router doesn’t support Wake on WAN (so it’s not able to translate the initial request and broadcast it).
Since the NAS is always connected to the network, I can use it to turn on my home computer for instance: that’ll allow me to turn it on only when I need it.


In my specific case I decided to install it on a Iomega IX4-200D. I believe the procedure applies to other NAS devices with just little changes. The reason why I chose this NAS is because I do have a way to get the firmware back to it even when I replace all of the Hard Drives (as it happened once already!). I’ll look at writing a procedure for that whenever I have the chance.

Step by Step instructions to Install Wake on LAN on a NAS

I will try to be as much specific as possible. Be aware that I am not responsible in case you brick your own device.

  • Enable SSH if it’s still disabled. You can follow my article that describes how to enable SSH on an Iomega/Lenovo device.
  • Connect via SSH to the NAS box. On the link I posted above, it also tells you how to login on an Iomega device.
  • Backup /etc/ipkg.conf (if it exists).
    • You can backup this file using the following command:
  • Delete any existing entry in this file, or just remove the file itself by typing:
  • Add these lines one by one:

    • If you need to delete a line, press ESC (enter command mode), then select the line you want to delete with the arrow keys and then type dd.
    • Save the file by pressing ESC to enter command mode and type

      to exit and save the changes. If you want to exit and discard the changes, type :q!
    • If you need to return in insert mode press i followed by an Enter.
  • NAS boxes generally have an embedded OS which means they have a read only file system. So we have to use ipkg-opt to get rid of this. Run the commands below:

    • It might complain that the command isn’t recognised. In that case, try to type ipkg update.
    • Running ipkg update will give you the below result
      IX4-200D ipkg update
    • Run ipkg install ipkg-opt again
      IX4-200D ipkg install ipkg-opt
  • Run this:
  • Now backup ld.so.conf and then edit it in vi.
  • Append the line below.
    • /opt/lib/
  • Close the SSH connection. This step is very important. (more…)

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