Which WOL methods are there?

Depending on the network card, BIOS, operating system and network card driver, other methods of waking up a computer are also offered.

  • Magic Paket is the standard data format for the WOL packet. The Magic Packet is structured in such a way that first the hexadecimal value FF appears 6 times in succession and immediately afterwards the MAC address of the target system is mapped 16 times without interruption.
  • In a link change, a computer wakes up when the physical network connection is made or broken, for example, when the network cable is plugged in.
  • The Pattern Match method responds to various data packets directed to the computer, such as a ping, and usually causes the computer to wake up very frequently.
  • Besides the standard Magic Packet, there are other older data formats for the WOL packet.