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HI ,i'm runing a network and I whant to add a printer to my server ,how can i found out what ip adress i need to asighn or how can i found out whats my free ip adresses are?
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Hi,

It seams that you are not maintaining any record of used / assigned IPs in your network.

It is always a good idea to maintain such a list / record of assigned IPs.

The easiest way will be to select an IP from the range you have, and try to see if it is already in use or assigned.

You may use ping to find out if it already on the network. If you receive response then it is in use and live.

If you receive timeout from ping, then it is not in use or it is assigned to a sysytem that is off.

If you can post the following info from your server, then it may be possible to help more.

ip address of your server
subnet mask
default gateway

If you have windows server then go tp interface tcp/ip properties.

If you have a unix / linux server then run

ifconfig -a

netstat -rn
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I will assume you are using Windows.

Download this program from SourceForge. Be warned that Symanatec and maybe other anti-virus programs will detect this as a HackingTool! (There is a petition "out there" to get it removed from such a listing). It is a marvelous tool for any network admin. (Maybe it's the name... "Angry IP Scanner")!

Anyway get it from:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ipscan/
http://www.angryziber.com/ipscan/

Scan your network after you set the range of IP addresses you want it to scan.

You can find your PCs network address by going to Start - Run - cmd.exe and entering ipconfig /all this will give you your gateway, your IP and other "stuff".

The IP scanner will let you know what IP addresses are in use and which are not. Make sure ALL of your PCs and anything else attached to the LAN are switch on.

John
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Most networks will have the ability to assign addresses automatically.  That's DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.  The service is given an address range to work with - to assign to computers i.e. hosts.  

You should really try to learn what the DHCP range for the network is.  That's because the addresses in the range or "pool" are available to be assigned.  If you're going to assign a static IP address then it's better that it not be in the DHCP range.

If there's no DHCP running then all addresses in the subnet are candidates and pinging may be your only choice.  Well, you'd still have to ping but wouldn't realize that there was a "reserved" range of addresses that way.
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