I am running a local network over a home router with dhcp enabled. So in case of any reboot of the router, my devices get some random IP within a given range. Is there any way to check the IPs of the other devices without getting into the router? like I have an app in my mobile named "Network scanner" which within a given network, checks and shows all the IPs of the other devices connected to that network. Is it possible to do it from a desktop GNU/Linux machine by any mean? So that I can call specific devices by their IP in an easier way without getting into the router.


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Sure you can.Just install nmap tool

yum install -y nmap

then run :

nmap -sn

Of course you'll need to replace the IP range with the appropriate values for your network.

  • Although nmap may be useful, it is far from a solution to identify which machine is located at which IP. Only DNS or DNS-like services can really be useful and they require planning and/or proper configuration, either on a centralized server or each of the machines depending on the solution. Jul 1, 2017 at 4:22

Yes, you want to go all Matrix and use nmap. Or better probably, the GUI front end to it zenmap. It can scan individual hosts for open ports/services, possibly determine OS and version, etc. It can also sweep a subnet and report all devices that determine are there in some fashion. Nice feature of the GUI is that it displays the command it will run.

So that I can call specific devices by their IP in a easier way without getting into the router.

Of course, if this is your network, the "lazy/easy" thing to do would be to set up a local DNS server for a fake domain (mine is "my.house") and a DHCP server that assigns addresses based on client MAC address (your home router can probably do this). Kinda nice to be able to connect to "lrtv.my.house" instead of

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