Here’s how you can wake up (turn on) a remote pc using the Wake-On-LAN function of its network card: you just have to issue a command against the remote machine MAC Address.

Required packages: ethtool on the machine you want to turn on from remote net-tools on the local machine you want to use to wake the remote one plus, your network card MUST support Wake-on-LAN

  • Steps to be performed on the REMOTE MACHINE [to be waked up]:

Install the ethtool package

yum install ethtool

Set Wake-On-LAN option to “Wake on MagicPacket(TM)” on your network interface (in my case p33p1, PCI add-in card named following the “pp” naming convention. See for further info)

ethtool -s p33p1 wol g

Append the above option on interface config file for persistence after reboot:

echo "ETHTOOL_OPTS=\"wol g\"" >> /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-p33p1

Finally, take note of the remote machine MAC Address, then shutdown the system (NOT TO DO ON PRODUCTION SYSTEMS!):

ip link show p33p1 | awk '/ether/ {print $2}'
DE:AD:BE:EF:CA:FE  (sample fake MAC Address)
  • Steps to be performed on the LOCAL MACHINE [from where we will turn on the remote one]:

Install the net-tools package

yum install net-tools

Wake Up Dead Man!

ether-wake DE:AD:BE:EF:CA:FE


ether-wake ${MAC Address of the machine to Wake-On-LAN}