WOL does not work using IP addresses. So it does not matter if a machine on the local network is "polling" the network to see who is connected. Wake on Lan does not need to be enabled and won't make life ugly in any way shape or form. Wake on Lan has nothing to do with connectivity.Ming
That's strange. The NIC should only switch the PC on if it receives a message to it's specific IP. Your router or more likely one of the other PCs on the network is probably polling the network to see who is connected.
I beleive that can be disabled but it makes life ugly. Some machines may not see each other on the network when they have been switched off for a while.
OH! Or if there are open ports on the router you may be getting ping attacked by your ISP or hackers. I get a lot of traffic through open ports, a lot of it from my ISP.
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Yup, ACPI state S5, or G2. The state the machine has to be in for it to be able to get Wake on Lan packets.When you turn a PC off with the front panel power button the network connection lights on my switch stay on indicating the PC's NIC card is active. Hard off is only possible by using the PSU switch or pulling the plug.
WOL only happens when the magic packet get's sent, so unless some other machine on the network is spamming WOL packets it won't get turned on. During G2/S5 the NIC has no IP address, so it won't respond to ARP packets, and thus the switch has no reason to forward packets to it. Only those on broadcast will get sent to it, but even then only stateless packets, which are sent to broadcast 255.255.255.255.So how does a PC go full on if it is not wake on LAN and there is no electrical storm or to trigger a "re-power folowing drop out"? Ming and a coworker have both seen this happen. In the coworkers case disabling WOL stopped the occurences.
Your IP address resolves to SWBell if you are using them, it CAN'T be other machines that are infected with some virus, it must be your ISP? Also ping requests won't traverse your router to your machine. Unless my readings on ICMP and the way ping works are extremely flawed. I would love to see part of these "reams" of zonealarm logs you have, since they apparently contain the magic combination to make ping traverse past it's end point to someone's machine behind NAT.And I had reams of zonealarm logs showing constant pings by IP addresses that resolved to SWbell operations before I closed my ports.