Q: what is an IP address?
A: An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique numerical label assigned to a device. It provides the location of the device in a network and a route on how to get there. The internet uses an IP address to send IP packets from a source to a destination. It is a building block that lets the internet function.
Q: can an IP address identify me?
Q: can I track someones IP-address ?
A: No, you can’t just track an Ip-address. You first need to have received one. Compare it to receiving a letter. If you receive the letter, then you can figure out where the letter came from by looking at the return address. If you don’t have the letter, then you also won’t have a return address. By the same token, if a letter does not have a destination address, you will not get a letter, and there is nothing to track it back to.
In internet terms this means you need a source address, a destination address and traffic (an email or a browser action) between the two. Normally an online business has a site or app as the destination and someone surfing the web is the source. If you are a business that has a site or an app and you are receiving internet traffic to the site or app the you will be able to see the ip-addresses coming to your site or app. Other places you can also see ip addresses are in the headers of the emails you receive or the log files of routers.
Q: how does an IP tracker work?
A: Opentracker records each unique user and their IP address. We use an IP tracer to identify where an IP address (and the visitor behind it) originates from.
Do you need to find a specific user or visitor?
Your business can locate any user or unique visitor who has been on your website by IP address.
Go back through your historical data to see entire visit or session history of any IP address.
All Internet communications require Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. If a website you visit couldn't see your IP address, it would have no way to send you pages, images, files, and so on. The simplest way to check your router's public IP address is to search 'what is my IP?' On a search engine. With Google, that's all you see.
Q: can I tag IP addresses?
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Yes, Opentracker allows businesses to automatically or manually tag any ip address for future reference, or processing to other destinations.
Q: can I investigating click-fraud?
Yes, detect Click-fraud and provide proof where needed.
Q: can I following up on a leads?
Yes, search visitors & clickstreams by IP address – make a record, enter into SalesForce, or any other CRM. Know what your (potential) clients are thinking, and what they are interested in. See how often a potential leads or clients returns, along with their entire history of clicks, downloads, events, and activity.
Profit from invaluable strategic insights. Improve your funnels.
Identify multiple customers behind a single IP address
Our first-party cookie tracking technology allows us to identify multiple customers in the same company or organization located behind the same IP address / firewall. See when your product or service offerings are passed on for consideration or discussion within an organization.
Details about an IP address include:
- Referrer, Exit, search term
- Browser name & Version
- Platform & Devices
- Country, Region, City
- GPS Longitude & Latitude
- Timezone & Language
- ISP, Provider or Carrier
- Company & Organization
- Area, Postal or ZIP code
- IP address & Connection type
- Display size & Orientation
Do you know what’s on your network? In this guide, we’ll show you a few simple ways you can find an IP address on your network. We’ll also go over a few great tools that can speed up this process and give you further insight into your network.
Whether you’re managing an office network, or just doing some troubleshooting at home, knowing how to find a device’s IP address is critical in solving a number of networking problems.
Let’s start with the most basic method of finding your own local IP address in two easy steps.
- Open a command line window. In Windows, you can do this by pressing Windows Key + R, and then typing cmd in the Run box and hitting enter. In Linux, this can be done by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T.
- Type ipconfig in the command line if you’re on Windows, and ifconfig if you’re on Linux. Press enter to get a list of your PC’s IP configuration.
In the command prompt, you’ll find your IPv4 address towards the top. Under it, you’ll see your subnet mask and your default gateway. This information is vital, especially if you’re having issues connecting to the internet.
But what about finding other IP addresses that might be on your network?
To find other IP addresses that are on your local network, type arp -a in the same command prompt window and press enter. A list of IP addresses will populate on your screen along with additional information you might find helpful.
In the far left-hand column you’ll see a list of IP addresses that were discovered on your network. Towards the bottom of the list, you may see some addresses starting with 224, 239, or 255. These addresses are generally reserved by your router for administrative purposes, so these can be looked over.
In the second column under Physical Addresses we’ll see each device’s physical address. This is also commonly referred to as a MAC address. A physical address is a unique identifier that every network device comes with. Unlike IP addresses, this number cannot be changed. Knowing a device’s physical address is important, especially if you want to identify exactly what is on your network.
The last column displays the address’s type. There are two types of IP addresses, dynamic and static. A dynamic address means that a DHCP server gave that device an IP address. A static address means that the device was configured to use a specific IP address, one that won’t change.
Static addresses are great for devices that are permanent, like printers or servers. Most home networks will be fine using DHCP to hand out IP addresses. DHCP servers assign IP addresses that have leases. Once that lease is up, that device might get a different IP address.
From your command prompt, you’re a bit limited in how you can interact with devices on the network. You can attempt to ping an IP address on your network by typing ping 192.168.XX.XXX (Replace the X’s with your IP address.)
Most devices will answer the ping and reply back. This is a quick and easy way to determine if there are any latency issues between your PC and that device. For further troubleshooting, we’re going to need to use some network analyzer tools.
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These tools are great for quickly finding devices on your local network and spotting problems fast. They also provide a lot more details than your trusty old command prompt can give you.
Below are three of my favorite network scanning programs.
SolarWinds Port Scanner (FREE TOOL)
If you need more detail and functionality from your Port Scanner then SolarWinds has you covered. You can easily scan your network by IP ranges and filter by ports to identify what services a device is running. SolarWinds Port Scanner is currently a Windows tool only.
SolarWinds Port Scanner also automatically resolves hostnames to help you identify what devices are on your network faster. The GUI interface is easy to use and boasts a cleaner display than Angry IP Scanner.
For those who live in the command line, you’ll be glad to hear this tool comes with a fully functional CLI and support for batch scripting.
While these tools are great, they won’t proactively alert you to problems on your network such as duplicate IP addresses, or DHCP exhaustion.
If you’re a small business administrator, or just a curious tech looking for a bit more insight into your network, SolarWinds Port Scanner is an excellent tool and is available as a free download.
Paessler PRTG Network Scanning Tools (FREE TRIAL)
If you’re a network administrator like myself, you’ll find PRTG Network Monitor an extremely valuable tool when it comes to troubleshooting problems across your network. PRTG is really the evolution of a scanning tool and more of a complete network monitor.
PRTG first scans the entire network in its network discovery process, listing any devices it can find. Once the scan is complete it keeps a real-time inventory of all devices and records when any are removed or added.
PRTG’s sensors are perfect for in-depth testing across your networks. Ping sensors can easily monitor a device’s connectivity over the long term, and alert you to those intermittent connection problems that can be difficult to pin down.
The PRTG scanner goes a step further by also incorporating database monitoring into its suite of tools. This sensor will alert you to any outages or long wait times in almost any SQL environment. Database monitoring can help identify small problems such as stalled processes before they cause major downtime.
Lastly, PRTG can thoroughly monitor bandwidth and network utilization for your environment. When things slow to a crawl, you’ll be able to quickly identify which IP addresses are using the most bandwidth and pinpoint exactly what that traffic is.
Is someone streaming too much Netflix? With the usage monitoring sensor, you’ll never have to guess what is hogging up your bandwidth again. This data is beautifully displayed as a chart, and broken down by IP address, protocol, or top connections.
When you have a sample of data you’d like to save, you can easily export it to XML or CSV. You can even tap into the PRTG API and export your data in real-time.
PRTG is a powerful on-premise tool and is geared mostly for medium to large businesses. It installs in a Windows server environment and gives you full control of what sensors you’d like to activate. If you’d like to test it out yourself you can download a 30-day free trial.
Angry IP Scanner
One of my favorite free tools is the Angry IP Scanner. It’s compatible with Mac, Linux, and Windows and allows you to quickly find detailed information about devices that are on your network.
Simply select an IP range at the top and let Angry IP Scanner work its magic. Almost instantly Angry IP will begin pulling information about the IP range you specified.
At a glance you’ll be able to see what IP addresses are open for assignment, taken by devices, and how many ports each device has open.
If you’re having trouble finding a device on your network, Angry IP Scanner makes it simple to track down that device for further troubleshooting.
Angry IP Scanner has personally helped me find devices that have lost their static IP address without having to physically go to the device.
If you’re looking to export and save your findings, you can easily download your results in CSV, XML, or text format. It is available as a free download.
No matter what size network you’re troubleshooting, understanding how to find a device’s IP address is essential.
Whether you’re quickly looking up the ARP table with the arp -a command, or utilizing a network tool like PRTG, having a solid grasp of what’s on your network will help keep all of your device safe, and yourself headache free.