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Wake-on-LAN (WoL) | MSI HQ User-to-User FAQ

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/23

[Wayback] msi hq user-to-user faq: wake on lan (wol) by Author Ruudt Swaanen on 3 May, 2017, paraphrased by me:

  1. In the BIOS:
    1. Under “Settings -> Advanced -> Power Management Setup”, disable the option “EuP 2013” (my mainboard) or “ERP Ready”.

      Disabling this function will keep the LAN port enabled when the system is put to Sleep (S3) or in Shutdown (S5) mode.

      Enabling this function will use less power (see [Wayback] What is EuP 2013? |

    2. Under  “Settings -> Wake Up Event Setup”, enable the option “Resume By PCI or PCI-E Device” (my mainboard) or “Resume by LAN”.
  2. In the Windows 10 Control Panel, (control.exe) with an Administrator elevation token):
    1. In the “Power Options” Control Panel applet (powercfg.cpl), under “Choose what the power buttons do”, disable the option “Turn on fast startup (recommended)”.

      On many MSI based machines, the option “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” interferes with Wake-on-LAN.

    2. In the “Device Manager” (devmgmt.msc), under your network adapter change these options (the naming slightly differs per vendor/model; below is for generic Realtek PCIe GBE):
      1. On the “Power Management” tab, enable these options:
        • “Allow this device to wake the computer”
        • “Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer”
      2. On the “Advanced” tab, enable these options:
        • “Wake on Magic Packet”
        • “Wake on pattern match”
      3. On the “Advanced” tab, set this value:
        • “WOL & Shutdown Link Speed” is “10 Mbps First”

Now test in these global Power States:

  • S5 “soft off” (the state where there is a power cord connected, but none of the fans spin)
  • S4 “hibernating” (if you have turned that on in the power options)
  • S3 “sleeping”

This worked well for S3 and S5 (but not S4) on my MSI Z77A-G43 based Windows 10 PC and only required stock network driver for the “Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller” shown in the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) and you can find on [Wayback] Microsoft Update Catalog: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Driver.

For more Wake on LAN blog posts, including how to initiate a Wake-on-LAN request, see the category Wake-on-LAN (WoL).


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