Get wake on lan (WAL) functionality even when motherboard doesn't support it

carrierPigeon

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Is there a way to get wake on lan (WAL) functionality (or something similar) even when your motherboard doesn't support wake on lan?
 

pendragon1

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your mobo has to have it or it wont work. how old is this system? pretty much everything in the last 10-15 years has WAL
 

Grebuloner

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Well, not exactly. Depends on what state the machine is in that you want to wake up from. Powered off? No. Sleep mode? Yes. Any add-on nic (like most Intels) that supports WoL can have the feature enabled in the device properties in Windows where it will wake up the computer from sleep mode.
 

carrierPigeon

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your mobo has to have it or it wont work. how old is this system? pretty much everything in the last 10-15 years has WAL
Well, the computer that it would be kind of nice to have it on is a Dell inspiron 3552. It's a budget laptop, 1 generation back in processors (6th or 7th gereration processor). As an aside, a search on the Dell laptop support community forums showed even higher end laptops not having it. Perhaps it's mostly desktops that it has been built into.
 

carrierPigeon

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Well, not exactly. Depends on what state the machine is in that you want to wake up from. Powered off? No. Sleep mode? Yes. Any add-on nic (like most Intels) that supports WoL can have the feature enabled in the device properties in Windows where it will wake up the computer from sleep mode.
I could live with being able to just wake it from sleep mode.
Thanks, I will look into network cards.
 

pendragon1

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the onboard should support that type of wake up. I was thinking from off...
 

carrierPigeon

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the onboard should support that type of wake up. I was thinking from off...
I assume that you are saying without an external (usb) network card. I didn't see it in the bios. I will look some more/ hunt for resources.
It also only has wifi, which can't be a good sign (either a neutral or negative sign)
 

serbiaNem

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Get a wifi connected power switch and set the machine to always power on after power loss. You can get them for like $15.
 
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