Last updated on September 10th, 2019 at 04:39 am

Whether you run a large corporate office, a local small business, or have a house full of people, managing all the devices in your local area network can be a challenge. Your growing network may seem like a great thing in your company until the finance department comes around and is asking for a complete list of all your network devices which could take a long time to compile or lead to a lot of stress when you have to scramble to get it all together by their deadline, or until you have a security breach because a device entered your network undetected and now is threatening your network security. Compiling a list of all the devices on your network may seem like a labour-intensive task for a person to complete, which is why network IP scanners are extremely important to your company.

Whether you run a large office, a medium-sized business or just a household with a lot of devices, Total Network Inventory’s network IP scanner can help you keep track of every device on your network. This helpful tool is easy to use and protects your network. In order to use this tool, you first have to install the program using the Windows Installation Wizard. Once it is installed, you can run the program. It will send you directly to the Scanner tab where you set tasks and start identifying who and what are on your network. Prior to using the scanner, someone in charge of the program, or the network administrator, has to set a scan task. This is necessary because you have to tell the program which part of the network you want to scan. For example, you can scan an IP range, a list of actual network names, or just one particular organizational unit from within your domain.

Now that you have downloaded Total Network Inventory’s network IP scanner and run your initial scan, you can start to collect all the data on the devices within your network. This data normally includes the IP and MAC address, OS Type and Vendor, any open ports and the status of those, hardware and program lists, and more. Once you have this data, you can use it to generate different reports constructed from the details your run has collected. These reports can then be exported to XLSX, CSV, and other formats necessary for your company. I also personally use network scanning at home on a regular basis, in a world where everything is connected. I typically have around 50 device active on my network at any one time, this includes switches, Wi-Fi 6 routers, IP CCTV cameras and streaming boxes such as the Fire TV, as well as the usual PCs and mobiles. Using a network scanner is perfect for finding the IP of devices so you can log into the web management, or identify problems with the network such as IP conflicts.

Not only will the 100% automated scanner provide you with detailed reports of every device on your network, it will also keep your network safe. It does this by inspecting the device to see if it is potentially harmful or if it is completely safe for the network. Once you have this information, you can remove any devices that could potentially be harmful to your network and your database security. By identifying and removing any potentially harmful devices and maintaining the security of your database, you are protecting your current assets and potentially limiting expensive breaches that could happen when networks are left unmonitored. A security breach could be a very expensive event in both time and money for your company, so protecting your network with Total Network Inventory’s network IP scanner is a good investment for future network health.