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  • List of IP Management and Scanner tool for administrators

    One of the challenging tasks for network administrators is to manage the IP address. It becomes complex when you are working in a large organization where hundreds of networks are connected.

    Managing IP addresses in the spreadsheet is not fancy. It gets messy when you have thousands of IPs.

    Thanks to the following tools, which help you to scan IP, port, manage IP, and much more…

    If you are new to network administration then you may be interested in taking this fundamental online course.

    Let’s explore the tools.

    Free IP Scanner

    A lightweight standalone IP scanner is capable of scanning hundreds of computers in a second.

    It works on Windows OS and powered by multi-thread scan technology.

    This tool is capable of showing NetBIOS information such as hostname, workgroup, etc. You have an option to export the results in a file.

    IP Address Manager

    An advanced IP manager by SolarWinds is packed with tons of features. Managing DHCP, DNS, and IP with SolarWinds software is easy.

    Some of the features:

    • IP detail and history tracking
    • Track IP address automatically
    • Schedule a scan to ensure up-to-date data
    • Capable of managing IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
    • Be alerted when IP conflicts or mismatched DNS entries
    • Monitor multi-vendor devices such as Cisco, Microsoft, ISC DHCP servers, BIND and Microsoft DNS servers from a single platform
    • vRealize Orchestrator plugin to automate VM IP management
    • Discover and track subnet and associated blocks
    • Find IP address
    • Delegate IP administration

    It offers API, which makes integration with third-party software easy.

    You can get it started with a FREE trial to see if it suits your requirement.

    PRTG Network Monitor

    Scan IP addresses and multiple devices on LAN or WLAN and monitor your network. If there are any disruptions in the network, you would receive alarms to take action quickly. In addition to network devices, you can easily monitor network traffic.

    With this IP scanner, view the number of devices available in your network. This tool comes handy to scan open ports to mitigate the possibilities of an online attack.

    PRTG includes Sunburst along with other dashboards that you can access on your PC, tablet, or smartphone to customize it according to your priorities and network requirements. It offers real-time reporting and sensors for customized monitoring. Additionally, it provides a REST API sensor to monitor JSON and XML files.

    Setting up of remote probes is possible with PRTG to regulate your decentralized network.

    Angry IP Scanner

    One of the famous IP scanners with more than 23 million downloads let you scan local and internet-facing IP address.

    Angry IP scanner is open-source software that works on Windows, MAC, and Linux.

    Not just IP, but it’s capable of scanning ports. You have an option to save the scan results in multiple formats (TXT, XML, IP-port list files, CSV).

    If you know Java, you can extend the functionality by writing a plugin.

    But don’t worry if you don’t know writing code, you can take this Java Masterclass.

    As you can guess, it has a dependency on Java to run, so ensure you have installed on your PC.

    IP Scanner by Spiceworks

    Automatically discover the devices in LAN (local area network).

    Spiceworks IP scanner is available for Windows, OSX, Linux. If you are looking to find out all network-connected devices for inventory quickly, then this would be handy.

     Network Scanner

    Lizard System’s network scanner lets you analyze your personal, corporate network. It uses a multi-threaded scanning technique that enables us to scan thousands of network-connected devices per minute.

    As you can see in the above screenshot, you get NetBIOS information, web server, FTP, and much more.

    Results can be exported in HTML, TXT or XML format.

    You can download a full-features trial for ten days to see if this works for you.

    Advanced IP Scanner

    One of the popular scanners downloaded more than 30 million times offer you analyze your LAN in a minute.

    Advanced IP Scanner is a portable executable, which you can use to access network shares, remote control via RDP, MAC address detection, etc.

    It’s FREE, so give a try to see how it goes. Check out this detailed Advanced IP Scanner guide.

    IP Range Scanner

    A free software by Lansweeper is capable of scanning your network and provide network-connected device information.

    You can schedule a network scan or run on demand whenever you want.

    Some of the key features are:

    • Execute custom commands
    • Discover subnets
    • Import network IP using CSV files
    • Detect internal and external IP addresses


    This list won’t be complete without including NMAP. NMAP is usually known as a network security finder tool, but this can also be used to find IP address usage in a network.

    Ex: if you want to find out what all IP is connected/online in the network. You can just execute the below Nmap command.

    nmap -sP 10.0.0.*

    I hope the above gives you an idea about network IP scanner tools and help you to manage it better.