HOWTO Enable Wake On LAN (WOL) with ASRock 880GM-LE FX Mainboard and Windows 7 

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I have not been able to get WOL working with this board under either Windows 7 or Linux Mint 13. ASRock needs to provide details on how to make it work, provide a firmware update to fix it, or admit that WOL does not work on these boards.

This note contains a HOWTO for enabling wake on LAN (WOL) on an ASRock 880GM-LE FX mainboard running Windows 7. The guide and steps probably work for almost any mainboard supporting WOL.

This note is meant to have a guide for enabling WOL but it seems there is something wrong with either Windows 7 or the drivers for my NIC. I am currently trying to get this working and updates will be added here as seen fit.

Try out the guide below and it may work for you. If not, leave a comment so we can see how many people have problems with WOL and Windows 7.

Step by Step

1. Enable WOL setting in mainboard's BIOS settings. Turn on computer and after it beeps or you see the green boot screen, tap Delete key repeatedly until BIOS screen appears. Use arrow keys to select Advanced then arrow down to PCI Devices Power On and press enter key. Select Enabled. Press Escape key, arrow to Exit press Enter key, press Enter to select Ok. System will reboot into Windows.

2. Disable Windows 7 from turning off the LAN adaptor. Click Windows Button, type in device manager and click the search result for it to run Device Manager. In the list of computer parts, find Network Adapters and expand it out. Find the LAN device for the system. In the ASRock 880GM-LE FX it is called Realtek RTL8168D/8111D Family PCI-E Giagbit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20). Click to select it and press Enter key. Click the Power Management tab. Uncheck the box for Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. The other options will disable and I found that the BIOS setting seems to override whatever Windows tried to do here. Click OK to save.

3. Enable Simple TCP/IP Services. For WOL to work, we need port 9 to be open on the PC. By default, Windows 7 doesn't have this open. So do the following: Windows Button, Control Panel, click Turn Windows features on or off (its on the left hand side of the window). Wait for the list to populate, it can take some time. Scroll and find Simple TCP/IP Services (i.e. echo, daytime etc) and tick it. Click OK and it will set it up. It can take some time. Once the window disappears, Click Windows Button and type services and click on the Services search result. In the Services window, find Simple TCP/IP Services click to higlight and press Enter. Click the Start button to start it. Close all those windows.

4. Find a utility to send the WOL packet to the computer over network. I set this up so I could power up my PC at home from anywhere so I could tell it to download stuff, access files, play media from it etc. so you usually use another device to send the "wake up call" to the machine that is sleeping so it can serve something. I found an app for Android called WoL Wake On Lan Wan. It is a free app and you need the MAC address of the network adaptor in the PC for it to work.

5. Configure WoL Wake On Lan Wan App. Install the app on your device, run it and add a new setting. It desires a Name, MAC address, IP or Domain and Port. Name can be anything to identify the connection, IP is the IP address of the machine to wake up, Port is 9. To get your MAC address do the following: Windows Button, type cmd and press Enter. A command window will appear. Type ipconfig /all and press Enter. Some text will scroll up in the command window. Scroll up the text and find the Realtek adaptor mentioned in step 2. It will be labeled as the Description. The next label after Description is Physical Address. This value is your ethernet adaptor's MAC address. Write it down or enter it into the app's settings and save.

6. Configure port forwarding on your router. You also need to forward port 9 on your gateway router so it will pass the WOL packets to the right machine in your network. (Your "gateway router" is usually the modem-router/wireless access point that your Internet Service Provider gives to you when you sign up with them, if you didn't know). To do this, you need to log into the router's administration interface, usually through a web browser, and find it's Port Forwarding settings. Add an entry for port 9, and tell it to forward traffic on port 9 to the IP address of the machine you want to WOL. Also note: If port forwarding doesn't work for you - try disabling uPnP on your router. It only took me about 6 years to find out this piece of vital port forwarding information.


* This guide hasn't seemed to enable WOL for this mainboard. It does enable it, but only for approximately 2 minutes after sleep mode begins (yes, I timed it). The exact symptoms have also been documented online here: ... 106ebff882 so this is something that occurs in a number of machine configurations. It seems to be either a Windows 7 or driver-for-Windows-7 related problem. I have tried the following:
* Numerous configurations of the settings in Windows 7 under the Power Management tab in the Properties of the network adaptor from Device Manager.
* Ensuring PCI Power up is enabled in the BIOS settings.
* Installing the NIC drivers for this mainboard from ASRock's website.
* Contacting ASRock for explicit instructions on how to enable the WOL feature in Windows 7 for this particular mainboard model.
* Installing the NIC drivers for this NIC from Realtek's website.
* Disabled "Green Ethernet" under the Advanced tab in the Properties of the network adaptor from Device Manager.
* Sending computer to sleep by choosing Sleep from the shutdown menu. Note that all this did on my system was shutdown the screen. All fans in the system kept going, all ports were open and listening. Pretty useless.

* My PC seems to have a few sleep modes.
* One where the screen powers off or "goes black" but the fans on the CPU and video card still spin. That one seems pointless to me. I can just shut off the monitor whenever I like?
* One where the fans turn off also, and
* One where if I choose "hibernate" on the shut down menu it switches the fans off but on resuming puts up a "Windows is resuming" screen and takes longer to bring the desktop up.
* Ideally, I wanted to shut down the PC so the fans would stop spinning, but the network device would remain active. I wanted to be able to wake the computer by simply accessing it on the network via file shares (Samba, SMB, AllShare, DLNA etc) but I haven't found this to be possible yet. The best I have managed is this WOL option, sending magic packets to the PC to wake it.
* When the PC sleeps it also shuts off the ethernet activity lights on the machine. Although the shut off, the adaptor is still responsive to WOL magic packets.
* If anyone knows how to configure a PC so you can wake it from sleep just from regular "network activity" please leave a comment.


I have sent a message to ASRock on 3rd Jan 2013 via their website contact tool asking for either clarification on how to get WOL working with the 880GM-LE FX board.

So far, I have not heard back from them except for the automated message from the contact tool.

I also now run Linux Mint 13 on my desktop, and I cannot get WOL working with this OS either. So the problem is swaying heavily towards this being either a hardware fault or something that a firmware update might fix.

I have noticed lots of keyword hits regarding this topic rolling in from the search engines so I know I am not alone when it comes to this.

If you are looking at my page please visit the ASRock website and send a message to them regarding the WOL on this board. It's time hardware manufacturers stop advertising features on their boards that either don't exist, or they are too lazy to implement the firmware or software to support it.

[a href=""]ASRock Technical Support Contact Page[/a] please follow the link below and contact ASRock. If we get enough people asking, we might get what we want.

If anyone out there finds a fix for this issue, please comment and leave details or a link to details here. The views to this article alone shows there are people looking for a fix.

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