If you have several devices on your home network, you’re probably letting them pick up a dynamic IP address. However, sometimes you might need the IP address of one of the computers in the room upstairs so you can remote into it or need a a router or other device’s IP to troubleshoot a problem.
Whatever the reason, you don’t want to be running to each computer or other device to find its IP address, there’s a much easier way. It’s a free utility called Advanced IP Scanner and it will quickly do the work for you.
Advanced IP Scanner
I actually ran into this issue with my Windows Home Server the other day because and I wanted to remotely connect to it (WHS geeks, I know, I should be better prepared). Since it’s a box that sits in another room without a computer monitor connected to it, I just can’t quickly do an ipconfig to find its address.
Instead, I remembered Advanced IP Scanner which is free, and will find every device with an IP address on your home network and show them to you quickly. Just download and install (link below) it on one of the computers connected to your home network, launch it and click Scan. it will then analyze your network and find your computers and other devices.
In the example below, it looks like I have a lot running on my network — probably too much.
One one hand, assigning a static IP can allow you to keep track of each computer on your network, but seriously, who wants to do that? That’s what the IT department is for. Speaking of geeky IT tasks, there’s a lot more to Advanced IP Scanner than just identifying IP addresses.
Give it a shot and let us know what you think in the comments below.