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    Network Discovery Tools

    Hi, is there any network discovery tools available? open source ones.
    and how do we know the ipaddress of a switch?
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    Hey,

    If your looking for tools to scan a network you could try to search this forum first .... there's alot of info about tools alone to find here , for example here --> Tools

    Also to find a ip-address of a switch ... I think you should give us some more details about that ... what's the purpose of finding this IP-address ...what are you planning to do if you find this IP-address...

    Anyway I think if you search trough the tutorials on this website I think you could find a lot of interesting info you could use. You can find tutorials about networking here .

    For all other info I judgest this site

    This is not to be a jerk or anything but these questions you ask have been asked many times so I judgest you search a bit and ask a question if you realy can't find anything and maybe give some more details regarding your question/problem.

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    hmm if u wanna know more about networks.. go to the site i use to go to a lot when i did my network researches.

    www.firewall.cx

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    Cheops-ng is a Network management tool for mapping and monitoring your network. It has host/network discovery functionality as well as OS detection of hosts. Cheops-ng has the ability to probe hosts to see what services they are running. On some services, cheops-ng is actually able to see what program is running for a service and the version number of that program. Take a look at the screenshots page for a detailed look at some of the features of cheops-ng.
    http://cheops-ng.sourceforge.net/
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    Originally posted here by Cemetric
    Hey,

    If your looking for tools to scan a network you could try to search this forum first .... there's alot of info about tools alone to find here , for example here --> Tools

    Also to find a ip-address of a switch ... I think you should give us some more details about that ... what's the purpose of finding this IP-address ...what are you planning to do if you find this IP-address...

    Anyway I think if you search trough the tutorials on this website I think you could find a lot of interesting info you could use. You can find tutorials about networking here .

    For all other info I judgest this site

    This is not to be a jerk or anything but these questions you ask have been asked many times so I judgest you search a bit and ask a question if you realy can't find anything and maybe give some more details regarding your question/problem.

    Kind regards,

    C.
    what i wanna have is a tools to discover the network rather then tracing traffic and cables.. scenerios like when a vendor like us goes into a company to maintenance their IS... we have to have some ways to familiarise our with the network and system setup. so i was thinking is there any tools available online and i do not wanna pay..
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    If you are a vendor, have some resources and don't want to waste a lot of time, you should seriously consider some of the FLUKE tools available. the advantage is that you can capture the information you need in a relatively short amount of time.

    The free stuff can be good, also, but it can take a bit more time and effort to get what you are looking for. If it is billable time, the professional tools are worth having.

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    The fluke nettools are amazing little devices, but they are also really really expensive. You are probably better off with a software solution.
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    what i wanna have is a tools to discover the network rather then tracing traffic and cables.. scenerios like when a vendor like us goes into a company to maintenance their IS... we have to have some ways to familiarise our with the network and system setup. so i was thinking is there any tools available online and i do not wanna pay..
    If you're looking for a nice tool that would map a network and visualizes it on screen in a fashion easy to follow and it has to be free you'll have to search pretty well to find something good ...It might be out there and probably is for all I know...

    But still , I think what your looking for (if I'm not mistaking) is something like LANsurveyor .

    LANsurveyor generates network maps using several different methods (including ICMP/ping, NetBIOS, SNMP, and SIP) and generates Visio-formatted files.
    I believe there's even a trial available so you can give it a go and deside if it's what your looking for.

    If it is something like this your looking for you might have a hard time finding something remotely good and freeware ... maybe in the Linux environment ... anybody knows this software exists for Linux ?? Or you might try google again .

    Gr33tz,

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    The closest tool I've seen is Cheops-NG. Just wish it would still be maintained.
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    While I think a manual map is the best practice when you are in a new env, I have used
    Networkview in the past for quick info running a Windows client...
    networkview

    It's not free but has a few useful features.

    Also not free but a great discovery tool to help with License compliance is

    LOGInventory

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