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How to ping sweep a network?

How to ping sweep a subnet?

There’s a lot of ways to ping the whole subnet or do a sweep ping to the whole network, of course download any free software that can do this, or just manually ping the whole network by manually changing the IP address.

Or do an old school method, using a batch file. This link shows how to ping the whole subnet via command line. http://quickbytesstuff.blogspot.sg/2015/11/how-to-ping-whole-subnet-using-batch.html

Since PowerShell is readily available from Windows 7 up to the newer versions of Windows. Then PowerShell is the perfect choice to do this task.

Open PowerShell ISE or the PowerShell command line, then type or copy the commands below:

$ping = New-Object System.Net.Networkinformation.Ping
1..254 | % { $ping.send(“192.168.1.$_”) | select address, status | ft -auto }


Change the IP Address (192.168.X.X) to the IP address range of your network.

What the script does, is to Ping the whole network starting from 1 to 254, basically the whole network host address range. The output will be filtered to show only the IP Address and the Status of that address.

Sample output:

Address                           Status
-------                           ------
192.168.1.1                      Success
192.168.1.182 DestinationHostUnreachable
192.168.1.4                      Success
192.168.1.5                      Success
192.168.1.6 DestinationHostUnreachable
192.168.1.7 DestinationHostUnreachable
192.168.1.8                      Success



Basically, if it shows success then the host or the IP Address is in use, other than the it means that the device is offline or the IP Address is not assign to any device.

That’s it a simple code, and you can use it to check your network which IP Address is being used or whether the device assign with a specific IP Address is online or not.

Of course, the script is useful provided that the computer, server or the network device is configured to response ICMP request or ping request. If the device is not configured to response to a Ping request then I guess other methods can be used or manually checking whether computer is online or not.

There’s always a trade-off, security paranoia or enabling settings that make life easier.


Till next time. Cheers!


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