What is Wake-on-LAN (WOL)?
It is powerful and convenient feature that enables users to remotely power up their computer over a network, saving energy while also allowing remote access to the computer when needed.
Windows 10 Wake-on-LAN Problem
Wake-on-LAN (WOL) does not work or stopped working in Windows 10 after upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. In my case, I use Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller.
Even though I did all settings for Wake-on-LAN such as disabling turn on fast startup, configuring adapter options related to WOL, and etc, WOL is not working.
Previous OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64
Current OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
Mainboard: Asus H87-Plus
NIC: Onboard Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
NIC driver version: 9.1.401.2015 released on April 1, 2015
Realtek Ethernet Card driver that comes with Windows update causes the problem.
Solution to Wake-on-LAN Problem After Upgrade to Windows 10
Install Realtek Ethernet Card driver ( Even though it is older than Microsoft driver) from Realtek Website.
Note: Make sure you enabled WOL feature for your NIC.
Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network Connections -> right click ethernet -> properties -> client for microsoft networks -> Configure … -> Power Management -> Wake on LAN: -> Wake on Magic Packet: enabled, Wake on Magic Packet from power off state: enabled
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