I had 12.04. Recently I upgraded it to 14.04. Before upgrade I made a full hdd copy to very same hdd model(both bought at the same time). In 12.04 wake on lan works if I do sudo pm-hibernate or if I in UI from desktop select "Shutdown".

I upgraded a full HDD copy of 12.04 to 14.04. Use same hardware and wake on lan doesn't work. If I do same steps.

I tried sudo ethtool -s enp2s0 wol g (enp2s0 is a network interface name), but it was previously in g. So no effect.

I have a fresh installation of 16.04.1 and I was able to wake it only once after I set NETDOWN=no in /etc/default/halt, but it did not work after I wanted to verify it once again.

Added at the end of /etc/network/interfaces next 6 lines

# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto enp2s0
iface enp2s0 inet static
        up ethtool s enp2s0 wol g

And did sudo pm-hibernate and was not able to wake up. Only once it worked when I logged in and in UI locally clicked shutdown. After that tried few times and no luck.

1 Answer 1


Please note I already had wakeonlan enabled in the bios and through ethtool. It stopped working at some point for me after doing dist-upgrades.

I was able to get it to work for 17.04 by:

1) Installing the tlp package with:

sudo apt-get install tlp

2) Changing the line in "/etc/default/tlp" that says




3) After shutting down the computer it was able to be started with WOL. I test this on two different machines and it worked on both.

After running this solution for a while, I found an unintended side effect where some of my USB devices were losing power. I ended up disabling the USB autosuspend feature of tlp by changing the line in "/etc/default/tlp" that says



  • Sorry for delayed response. Many thanks, for your answer. It really helped me and now it works in 16.04 May 21, 2017 at 2:52

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