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Anyone who buys a current MSI mainboard may encounter problems setting up Wake on LAN (WoL). This option does not work out of the box and the settings to activate it are not clearly marked. With this article I want to remedy the situation.
WoL is about the possibility to start a switched off computer via the built-in network card. The technique is made possible by so-called Magic Packets. If these are received, the computer will be switched on.
In order to be able to use Wake on LAN, the first step is to change the BIOS settings of your mainboard. To do this, click on Settings -> Advanced -> Wake Up Event Setup. There the option Resume By PCI-E Device has to be activated.
Save and restart the computer. Unfortunately, this is usually not enough for WoL to actually work. Windows requires additional drivers to carry out the transmission of the Magic Packets.
If it is an Intel Ethernet (LAN) adapter, as in my case Intel I211 Gigabit Network Connection, the first thing to do is to install a driver from the Intel website that is not covered by the standard Windows drivers.
After a successful installation, more settings can be found in the settings of the network adapter. To do this, call up your LAN network adapter in the device manager. Right click on the adapter and then click on properties.
Now you switch from the General tab to the tab Power Management and checks whether the checkbox at Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer is set.
Next you have to go to the tab Advanced to configure the new settings. The following things should be checked for activation:
- Enable PME
- Wake on Magic Packet
This may not be enough to wake the computer from sleep. You should also deactivate the Windows quick start. To do this, go to the control panel and enter Power options in the search. Now click in the left bar on Choose what the power button does and you see the following window.
Here you have to make sure that the checkbox at Turn on fast startup (recommended) is not set. If it is set and the boxes are grayed out, click on the blue font Change settings that are currently unavailable and uncheck the checkbox.
With these steps, Wake on LAN should now work for your MSI mainboard! Should you still have problems, don't hesitate to ask in the comments. These instructions are suitable for Intel network adapters as well as other mainboards.
You can test it with an app on your smartphone (download Wake On Lan from the Play Store under Android), then locate and save your PC through the IP. Now you can start the PC with your smartphone. With a VPN connection to your home network, this is also possible when you are outside and not at home.
The setup I used is a MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI motherboard in connection with an AMD Ryzen 3700X on Windows 10.
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