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Need ARP Call monitor for Windows

I have a customer who's phone are IP phones. You pass through them to get to the network. The other day the phones were having problems and the phone company blamed it on a computer. They said that one of the computers was doing an arp call with the destination IP of 0.0.0.0 and it was causing the phone to drop calls and/or reboot.

   I think they are full of it but want to know. Is there a program available that will monitor arp calls that I can continuously run on either a 2012 Server or a Windows 10 client that will show any arp calls going on?
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If it is available I would really like something simple. Wireshark is somewhat complicated. Would to know the steps to filter by ARP requests?
I have a customer who's phone are IP phones. You pass through them to get to the network.
Imho you should run them at least in a separate VLAN.. exactly to avoid that network errors in the "normal" network affect telephony.

They said that one of the computers was doing an arp call with the destination IP of 0.0.0.0 and it was causing the phone to drop calls and/or reboot.
Well, ask the IP phone vendor. That behavior is strange at best and a bug in the IP phone at worst.
ARP means someone shouting in the local segment "When you're 0.0.0.0, then send me an answer..", thus only the machine or phone having that IP should answer.

The IP 0.0.0.0 is called "wildcard address", "unspecified address" or INADDR_ANY.
Thus in behalf of the ARP protocol, this call is sometimes used to discover devices with uninitialized (DHCP) IP's in the local net segment..
Right. A Broadcast. They are saying one computer is sending out a lot of these and it is causing the phone to occasionally reboot and/or drop calls. Why it would cause problems is beyond me but that is what they said. I don't trust them all that much and want to see it for myself.
A machine sending a broadcast is normal.

Rebooting the device is not.

When there is no more context or information, then it is as simple as:

This is clearly a bug of that device.
It is not a problem or bug of that machine sending that broadcast.

Steps you can take:

1) read the phones manual, maybe there is a not so obvious reboot function documented.
2a) If so, tell the vendor, that they should have told you this.
2b) If not, tell them that there phones are buggy.
That is the stance I have taken. From a computer standpoint it is not harmful and it isn't causing a problem. If it is causing an issue with the phnes then it is your problem.

Would still like to see which device is throwing the arp calls
In this case you need a network sniffer, look at the sender MAC of the ARP broadcast.

Then you need to find the associated machine, run arp -a on a machine in that network segment, it should have an entry with the sender IP.
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a reboot is surely an error.
ARP broadcasts are sent  all the time by all machines running IP on a broadcast network.

The request is a broadcast with the sender IP, asked IP sender MAC and broadcast MAC.
The answer should be sent by the system with requested IP,  that system should answer to the MAC address of the requester and it's OWN ip address and MAC address.

Now 0.0.0.0 does mean ME (the host address..) as a wildcard for creating services.  Even then addressing it SHOULD be a noop.
there should be no response by any system. unless you operate the complete internet on you LAN.