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Windows 7: Random Wake Ups related to network traffic, but I can not disable WOL

10 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit
Random Wake Ups related to network traffic, but I can not disable WOL

I have searched the internet and throughout this forum. In a nutshell, I need and currently use Wake on LAN, but my computer randomly "wakes up" from Standby and Hibernation. This only occurs when my computer is connected (via a router) to the internet. Unplugging the network cable eliminates the random "wake ups." The event viewer show the network card as the source of the wake up events when they occur.
I have tried both S3 and hibernation with the same results.
I thought "malicious" network traffic could be to blame, so I disabled my DDNS service ( and refreshded my external ip address.
I disabled port forwarding and DMZ for my computer on the router.
I disabled orb (for streaming),, and filezilla ftp server.
I have disabled standby and hybrid sleep when using hibernation.
USB selective suspend is disabled as well as the usb wake up settings in the bios.

I am not sure what else to try. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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10 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

I don't know if this helps - but you might be able to set exactly what your network adapter responds to in order to wake up your computer. Try going to Device Manager and opening the properties of your adapter, and look for an Advanced tab.

Mine for example (a Marvell device) has an entry called Wake-Up Capabilities, with the options of None, Magic Packet, Pattern Match, Magic Packet and Pattern Match and Link Change.

If yours has a similar setting, try changing it and seeing if that helps.
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11 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 Bit
So far

I disabled "Shutdown Wake on LAN" and "Wake on Pattern Match", but I kept "Wake on Magic Packet" enabled.

Same behavior. No improvement.
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19 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 64 Bit
Any New Thoughts

Any one have other thoughts. Behavior remains the same. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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22 Oct 2011   #5

Win 7

Malicious internet traffic cannot cause this because
(a) your router blocks unsolicited inbound traffic
(b) the WOL feature responds at the Ethernet data-link layer, not at the network or transport layer. That is, it responds to a message directed to its Ethernet MAC address, and NOT to traffic directed to its IP address. (That's why the WOL feature only responds to a request coming in from your local subnet.)

I had this problem on an XP box years ago and I couldn't fix it. Anyway, I could live without WOL. I mostly just leave the computer turned on anyway, no sleep.

Eventually the network card died. I replaced it and the WOL problem went away. That might be worth a try. Network cards are CHEAP.
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22 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 64 Bit
Same thoughts

I had the same thought this week. I may have an old network card around somewhere.

Thanks for the insight in your above two comments. First, I thought the DMZ configuration would expose my desktop to all external traffic (i.e. put it outside the router's firewall). Second, I have also tried modifying the router so the magic packet was sent to the broadcast ip Would that effect the second item regarding the mac address?

Any info would be solely for my own education. I plan to try another nic and I appreciate your confirmation of my thoughts.
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