How to enable Wake on Lan (WOL) with Advanced TomatoUSB wifi router firmware

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I recently installed TomatoUSB advanced firmware on my Asus RT-AC66U wifi router. This router act as my wireless Ethernet bridge. TomatoUSB advanced has additional features like


  • SSH
  • Multiple WAN support (3G/4G/Static IP/Cable/ADSL2)
  • Tor
  • Virtual Wireless
  • DMZ
  • IPv6
  • FTP/Media server via USB
  • BiTorrent Client via USB
  • UPS support
  • OpenVPN client and server
  • Tinc VPN server and much more.

I also connected my 2 bay NAS to this server. Sometimes I need to wake up my NAS using WOL.

What is WOL?

Wake-on-LAN (WOL) is an Ethernet networking standard that allows a server to be turned on by a network message. You need to send ‘magic packets’ to wake-on-LAN enabled ethernet adapters and motherboards, to switch on the called systems.

Option #1 Use ssh and ether-wake command on your wifi router

I log in to my TomatoUSB powered router using the following command:
$ ssh root@wifi-router-name
$ ssh root@wifi-router-IP-here
$ ssh root@

Sample output:

Fig.01: ssh session
Fig.01: ssh session

ether-wake command syntax

The ether-wake command send a magic packet to wake up sleeping nas server. Of course MAC must be a station address (00:11:22:33:44:55) or a hostname with a known ‘ethers’ entry. I prefer MAC address:
ether-wake MAC                ## Send a magic packet to this MAC
ether-wake -b MAC                  ## Broadcast the packet
ether-wake -i eth0 MAC             ## Interface to use (default eth0)
ether-wake -i eth0 -p PASSWORD MAC ## Append 4/6 byte PASSWORD to the packet

For example:
# ether-wake 00:11:32:11:15:FC

Option #2 Use Advanced TomatoUSB web interface

This is much easier option. Fire the web-browser and type your wifi routers URL:
Click on Tools > WOL tab > Type 00:11:32:11:15:FC in MAC Address List box > Wake up button:

Fig.02: Web interface for WOL (click to enlarge)
Fig.02: Web interface for WOL (click to enlarge)

That is all. Now I do not have to go to another room to wake up my little NAS server.

Also, see my previous posts on the same topic

You can also use etherwake on Linux or Unix-like system:

  1. HowTo: Wake Up Computers Using Linux Command [ Wake-on-LAN ( WOL ) ]
  2. Ubuntu Linux: Install Wake On Lan Client For Server
  3. FreeBSD: Wake Up Servers Using Wake-on-LAN ( WOL ) Command
  4. Mac OS X: Wake Up Servers Using Wake-on-LAN ( WOL ) Command Utility
  5. Simple Shell Script To Wake Up NAS Devices Using Linux or Unix Computer
  6. How To Wakeup Backup Nas Server and Mirror Files Using Rsync in Linux

Next time I intend to write about how to install (flash) Advanced TomatoUSB wifi router from Linux, FreeBSD or MacOS desktop.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

2 comment

  1. Well, May be you said was clearly….but it’s too complex to me, I think I need a BOYFRIEND who is computer sientist.

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