How to setup Wake on LAN (WOL) on your Dell System

Summary: Want to start your System via your LAN? In this article we will show you how to activate and configure your system to get started via your local area network.

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Want to start your System via your LAN? In this article, we will show you how to activate and configure your system to get started via your local area network.

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What is Wake on LAN?

Wake on LAN is a feature of Dell System which let you start your PC via a signal over your local Network. In this article, you will learn which settings in the systems BIOS and the Network driver you need to setup to use the Wake on LAN (WoL) feature and how to wake up the System once WoL is configured.

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To use Wake on LAN you need to prepare your System first and the system has to meet some prerequisites:

  • Available Wake on LAN feature. You can check in your system's manual if WoL is available on your system.
  • Wake on LAN enabled Network Card
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet needs to be deactivated
  • Deep Sleep needs to be deactivated in BIOS if the option is present
  • System needs to be in S3, S4 or S5 state, this also depends on your system model
    Note: For further Information on the System States, please refer to this article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

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BIOS Settings

In order to use the Wake on LAN feature, you need to set some settings within the systems BIOS. To do so, please follow these steps:

  • Restart the System and press the F2 key multiple times.
  • In the system, BIOS navigate to Power Management and Wake on LAN/WLAN.
  • Activate the Option you wish to use.
    SLN305365_en_US__1icon Note: Please be aware that Wake on WLAN is not available on all system models and in all System states.
  • Go to Deep Sleep Control and disable the Option.
  • Click on Apply and Exit the BIOS.

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Driver Settings

Back in Windows, you have to set up Wake on LAN in your Network Card Driver. Please follow these steps to do so:

  • Open the Device Manager. In Windows 10 you can simply right-click the Windows Button and choose Device Manager.
  • Navigate to Network adapters and open the category.
  • Rightclick your LAN Controller and choose Properties.
  • Open the tab Power Management.
  • Ensure that the following boxes are checked: Allow this device to wake the computer, Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer.
  • Now open the advanced tab and choose Energy Efficient Ethernet.
    SLN305365_en_US__1icon Note: This option is not available for all system models.
  • Set this option to disabled.
  • Click OK and close the Device Manager.
  • Navigate to Control Panel then Hardware and Sound, Power Options and System Settings.
    • At the top click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
    • At the bottom uncheck Turn on fast startup.
    • Click on save changes.
SLN305365_en_US__1icon Note: Please be aware that you need Administrator Rights to change these options.

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How to wake the system up

First, you should check if all Settings are done correctly. Shut down the system and check if the Network LEDs are still on. If so the settings are fine and you can use WoL.

In this example, we will use the wol.exe, but you are free to use any of the plenty Wake on Lan tools available.

SLN305365_en_US__1icon Note: Dell does not endorse this Software and using it is at your own risk.

Please choose the Wake on Lan tool that suits your needs and download it. You should be able to find plenty of them in a Websearch like Bing or Google

To configure your Wake on Lan Tool follow these steps (steps may vary on other tools):

  • Start the System you want to wake up. Once in Windows, open the command prompt with administrator rights. Open start type in CMD, right-click command prompt and choose Run as Administrator.
  • Type in ipconfig /all and press Enter.
  • Note the physical address of your LAN-Adapter.
    Figure 1: Physical Address of the Network Adapter
  • Shutdown your system again, or send it into standby.
  • On another System in your Network, download and open your Wake on LAN Tool.
  • Configure the physical address of the system you want to wake up (here you need the address you noted before).
  • And that's it, now just run your WoL Tool and the System should wake up and boot to Windows.

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Desktops & All-in-Ones, Laptops, Tablets

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21 Feb 2021



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