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You cannot ping a normal NIC because NIC alone does not send any replies. Only a running computer is able send replies Normal network interface cards do not send any replies by themselves. They always need a running software on the computer to do so. When the CPU of the computer is powered down then there is no running software which would send a reply to ...


Reboot is for restarting your machine, not for starting if it is currently powered down. If you want that, you need a 'wake on lan' tool.

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