From my RapsBerry Pi 2 B running Ubuntu 14.04LTS I do:

sudo poweroff

So the device turns off (nothing on the screen).
If I then try to wake on LAN it up with the usual method:

wakeonlan 11:22:33:44:55:66

... nothing happens.
Any other desktop computer on my LAN awakes fine, so I must suppose this is some issue with the drivers.

The eth0 info in the RapsBerry seems correctly configured for wake on LAN:

luis@Zarzamoro:~$ sudo ethtool eth0
Settings for eth0:
        Supported ports: [ TP MII ]
        Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
        Supported pause frame use: No
        Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
        Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
        Advertised pause frame use: Symmetric Receive-only
        Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Link partner advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                             100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
        Link partner advertised pause frame use: Symmetric
        Link partner advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Speed: 100Mb/s
        Duplex: Full
        Port: MII
        PHYAD: 1
        Transceiver: internal
        Auto-negotiation: on
        Supports Wake-on: pumbag
        Wake-on: g
        Current message level: 0x00000007 (7)
                               drv probe link
        Link detected: yes

Note the Wake-on: g part.

As long as the LAN card seems to be Wake on LAN capable, I assume that maybe another distro would be more optimized in ethernet drivers matter and could put the device in wake on LAN state?

For those arguing there is no need(?) to wake on LAN the RapsBerry Pi, consider these scenarios:

  • You have a Rapsberry that you would like to go unnoticed (hidden, nobody must know it is there; they could grab it, you know). So you let it off and you start it up (wake on LAN) when desired (only you will know the MAC address).
  • You would like to fully stop the network to isolate network traffic in order to sniff LAN data and detect some misbehavior, failure, virus... etc. Going through all the computers/portables/devices to turn them all off is rather awkward. So you order some sort of poweroff (even massive poweroff by using some .sh script) and, later, you turn them all on again via Wake on LAN (massive method is possible to, for example with wakeonlan tool from Linux).

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As debated here, if the ethernet card is seen by the RapsBerry as connected via USB (even when it is on board), this should not be possible for now, whatever your distro is.

I have a modern RapsBerry Pi2 B (bought April 2015) and this is, indeed, the case:

luis@Zarzamoro:~$ sudo lsusb
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1a2c:0002 China Resource Semico Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp. SMSC9512/9514 Fast Ethernet Adapter
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9514 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

As for now (May 2015) we will have to wait for the developers to enhance this part of the RapsBerry.

  • Wake-on-LAN will not work on the current Pi's You'll have to wait for a new model of Pi to come out which doesn't use USB Ethernet.
    – joan
    Commented May 3, 2015 at 13:30
  • This was discussed in some detail on the Raspberry Pi forum
    – bobstro
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 14:43

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