Tek-Works was asked awhile back to review Advanced IP Scanner 2.0, not wanting to just review something with out actually needing it, would be useless for our readers, so I put it off till today. Today at work, my task was to add a wireless router to our network and to make it as secure as possible.
Locking Down the Router
The D-Link Router I chose had the option to restrict access by MAC address. This means that I can give the router a list of MAC addresses within our company and the router will only allow them to connect to the network and as an added layer of protection they also needed to have a 10 character password. So you ask what is a MAC Address?
A Media Access Control address (MAC address) is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on the physical network segment. The standard format for printing MAC addresses in human-friendly form is six groups of two hexadecimal digits, separated by hyphens (-) or colons (:) (e.g. 01-23-45-67-89-ab or 01:23:45:67:89:ab )
So my problem was how do I quickly and easily get a list of MAC Addresses for the router?
Finding MAC Addresses with Advanced IP Scanner 2.0
Advanced IP Scanner 2.0 (Download here) was the exact software I needed, it took seconds to download and install and I was ready to scan the network. I’ll walk through the steps so those of you wanting to lock down your home wireless router can easily do so.
The first thing Advanced IP Scanner 2.0 wants to know is what ip addresses it should scan. The default is 192.168.1.1 – 192.168.1.254 but to make sure you’re network is using these IP’s try this:
Click the start button and find RUN (on XP you click the RUN to start it, on Win7 you just start typing in the open text box). Once you have a box to type in, type CMD and hit enter. A Command Prompt will open up, it doesn’t matter what is on the line behind the > just type ipconfig and hit enter
For most networks (specially home networks) you can take the first 3 sections of ”IP Address” and use them to create your scan IP’s. So we take 192.168.1 and start with .1 and end with .254 (Don’t ask about why 254.. just do it lol) If your IP Address was 10.10.0.134, your scan range would be 10.10.0.1 – 10.10.0.254
So we’ve got our range of IP Addresses to scan, so hit Scan..
Advanced IP Scanner 2.0 has now scanned my network and you see a list of names of computers/laptops on your network, their IP Address and their MAC Address. With this list I was then able to add the MAC addresses to my Router and secure our wireless network even more than just passwords.
Other uses for Advanced IP Scanner 2.0
While playing around with Advanced IP Scanner 2.0 for this post I wanted to see what else I could do with it. One of the cool features is if you click on the + for each computer you’ll see that computers shares, and even copy the path (\192.168.1.136Temp-folder) to that share, this makes for a simple way to add the share to your Mapped Network Drives. Advanced IP Scanner 2.0 will also work with Radmin 3.4 which will allow you you access and control each computer remotely.
For a quick and simple scan of your network, that not only shows MAC & IP Address but gives you quick access to each computer on your network (including Shares,HTTP, HTTPs and FTP) Advanced IP Scanner 2.0 is the best product you’re going to find that is Freeware.