Identify device by IP address

Posted on 2011-10-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I need to identify a device on the network. All I have is the IP address, DNS will not resolve host name. Is there a tool that will identify the device type by using its IP address?
Question by:jasbday40
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    Yes try spiceworks....
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    angy ip scanner can show you hostname as well.
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    by:Fred Marshall
    Not all devices have a 'hostname' as such.  Something like OpManager ManageEngine might help though.
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    by:Fred Marshall
    you might start with the command line:

    ping [IPADDRRESS]
    arp -a

    The ping is just to make sure that your arp table has the IP address of interest.
    arp -a yields a table of ipaddresses and MAC addresses.
    From the MAC addresses you can determine the manufacturer of the device.

    One site that will decode the MAC address first 6 characters:

    Of course, if the device is a NIC that's plugged into a computer then it may be harder to know because you'll be getting the manufacturer of the NIC and not the computer.... but if it helps then......

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    Thank you it helped a lot.

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