How to configure WOL forwarding through a VPN tunnel

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How to configure WOL forwarding through a VPN tunnel

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We connect two firewalls (PA-200 and PA-500) with a VPN tunnel

and want to initiate a WakeOnLan command from one side of the VPN to an pc on the other side.


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From what I underastand of WOL, very basic, its a layer 2 operation so it wont route outside of a vlan or subnet. I think its in the way you send the WOL packet rather than the VPN tunnel config.


I found some stuff doing google searchs with the string 'wake on lan over vpn'.


Hope this helps!

probably its a solution like for Juniper:


but I cannot recognize a similar one in my PA


Another keyword for my problem: "Broadcast forwarding"



I know this is an old thread, but since I got the same problem, I just wanted to add: the juniper solution is working. I had the same issue: WoL packets allowed by policy, but droped by the firewall (PA-3020 in my case). I can see it when doing a packet capture on the firewall (stage drop).

On the Palo Alto, you can go on Network -> Interfaces -> (outgoing interface)  -> Advanced -> ARP Entries

You add the broadcast address ( for exemple), and the mac FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF. And the magic packet goes magic!




I can also confirm that this is a working solution! Thnx!

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