During my day to day Admin duties I get a lot of people pulling me over to the side to ask me “home networking” or “personal” questions. A normal one I get quite frequently is “how can I find out the IP address of a device on my network?” or “What is my TiVo’s IP?”
These end users always make it seem like they are trying to sell me Drugs a kidney on the black market…
“Pssst… Karl. Umm I have a… Ummm”
“What’s going on random end user dude?”
“Well I have a question… But it’s… “personal” Is that OK??”
I usually chuckle and say no.
I pause and go back over to the lost individual and ask them what their deal is.
My recommendation to them is download AngryIPScanner and figure it out for themselves. After the usual deer-caught-in-the-headlights-stare they usually say :
I tell them to go to download.com and download the newest version of Angry IpScanner. It is a free open source….wait for it….
It will allow you to scan a internal or external network for live hosts and even check open ports and some other geeky goodness that will come in handy when you least expect it. The best part of all, this tiny app can be run off of a memory stick as it does not need to be installed.
Here is a shot of the options and what information you can “fetch” and have displayed on the above grid.
For the novices, all they need to do is open the program up and their IP address is already pre-populated on the start of the IP range line. Just change the last number of the IP address to be .1 and in the end make the last number .255. So if the IP address that shows up is 192.168.0.45 I would make the start IP 192.168.0.1 and the end address 192.168.0.255. This will scan my whole subnet for machines or devices.
It is very straight forward and can come in VERY handy. I recommend this guy being added to your USB tool kit immediately! I have been using it for almost 5 years and they recently released the newest version in BETA which is SUPER fast. Give it a go and let us know what you think. Do you use something else? Think you got a better solution?
Well smart guy that’s what the comments are for!
By: Karl L. Gechlik, A superhero of the IT industry. He runs a global WAN, cracks the whip at his consulting company and gets the whip cracked at him by his beautiful wife and daughter! To follow more of his geeky antics check out his site www.askTheAdmin.com today!