How to enable Wake-on-Lan on ProCurve 2610 Switch? There is no network link when workstation is powered off.

Posted on 2014-04-15
Last Modified: 2014-04-16
I have 10 workstations.
8 are HP Z200 workstations and 2 are HP Z210 workstations.
I have server that send Wake-on-Lan packets. I use Aquilawol Wake On Lan to send WoL packets.
All workstations and the server are connected to HP ProCurve 2610 Switch which was just reset to factory defaults.

WoL do not work while workstations are connected to this switch. However wake on lan works ok when workstations are connected to Cisco switch.

I have noticed that network links are not up on 8 HP Z200 workstations when these workstations are powered off. However network links are up on 2 HP Z210 workstations when these workstation are powered off.

How to configure HP ProCurve 2610 switch so that when workstation HP Z200 is in powered off mode - the network link will be still up?

Is there any other configuration changes to default HP ProCurve 2610 configuration to make Wake-on-Lan working?
Question by:TarasShumylo
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As the Z210 machines work OK with the switch, it's probably not a switch issue. Do the Z200 workstations use the same NICs? If so, are the driver versions the same? Does something need to be configured in the adapter properties?

Compare the NIC settings between the Z210 and the Z200 and see if there are differences.

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Wake-on-Lan do not require driver as it work when machine is in powered off mode.

This is strange, because on Cisco that I used before Wake-on-Lan worked ok both on HP Z200 and on HP Z210.

The only thing that I can think now, when I came home, is that I need first to power on/off HP Z200 workstations before ports on ProCurve switch will come to UP mode.

Will try tomorrow and update on this.

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Also I have suspicion that HP ProCurve switch in it's default configuration somehow blocks broadcast. Becuase WoL didn't work even on HP Z210, ports of witch are up.
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Well, some months ago I had to update the drivers on an Intel NIC before WOL would work, presumably because a newer driver was required to enable the function to work with the cheap and cheerful unmanaged switch the adapter was connected to. I couldn't rule out the possibility that a similar intervention might be needed in your situation.

Perhaps the default configuration blocks the magic packets used by WOL; see this article for a fuller explanation of WOL, its implementation, and its problems:

It seems that WOL isn't yet what might be called mature...

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The links now appeared on workstations. Perhaps I need to first turn them on/off to make link appear.

However Wake-on-Lan still do not work.

I run these commands:

conf t
IP directed-broadcast
int all
no lacp
write mem

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I noticed that if I run command
show mac-address 2

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I do not see any mac-address on the port despite port is up.
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I have to confess that I'm not familiar with the Procurve CLI, but HP has a lot of documentation about the 2610 series generally here:

with some detailed information on the CLI and the web interface here:

Hopefully you can find out what you need to know from these resources.

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ID: 40003638
Just tried to connect these workstations to simple D-Link unmanaged switch and the problem is the same. Perhaps I will look into driver setting on these workstations.

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I connected Cisco Catalyst 2960 and WoL start working correctly again. For now I try to understand what's wrong with HP ProCurve configuration. All computers are on the same subnet.

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