How can I make a wireless wol with Intel PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN from a hp laptop ?

  • maybe you wanna look up johnlewis.ie/wake-on-lan-over-wireless
    – ashutosh
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:00
  • This one offers to wake up a machine just by ping ??? I don't understand how that would work, and it doesn't sound safe to me.
    – roy429
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:24

2 Answers 2


Actually the other answer is quite old and not up to date.

Please use the iw tool.

To check whether it's supported: iw phy0 info

Check the status: iw phy0 wowlan show.

Activate several options: sudo iw phy0 wowlan enable magic-packet disconnect.

The kernel wiki has some information as well. If wake on wlan does not work from suspend mode try freeze mode: Close all applications, then sync && echo freeze | sudo tee /sys/power/state. This is not as low power, but less than a running system and nice to test whether the magic packets at get there and the driver interprets them.


Try this:


Also, check if Your wireless card support WakeOnLan, and You must have kernel version >= 3.1

  • How would I know if it is supported ? I gave you its reference.
    – roy429
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:00
  • to check if your chip is supported go to bios and search for wake on lan options.
    – zuberuber
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:06
  • There is a boot option, and there is a drop down box with 3 options, disabled, network boot or boot order. I have it set to network boot. ethool eth0 shows pg as wol. Why would the kernel version matter if the OS is not even loaded ??
    – roy429
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:19
  • I'm almost sure that it won't be in boot options. And as of why kernel >= 3.1 phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTgwMg
    – zuberuber
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:25
  • Moreover this site seems to say that magic pacckets for wireless lans don't exist, this one seems to say differently: revolutionwifi.blogspot.fr/2010/11/wake-on-wireless-lan.html From what I understood, the link you mentionned offers to wake up by ping. How would that work, and isn't it a security concern ?
    – roy429
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:28

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