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AirPort Utility 5.6 could show you all the devices connected to your AirPort base station—wired and wireless alike. AirPort Utility 6.x, however, only lists devices connected to your base station over Wi-Fi. There’s no way to use the app to list off the IP addresses and names of devices plugged directly into the base station.

You can stil grab the old version of the utility from Apple, though you need a little help to install the app on Mountain Lion, since the installer (falsely) reports that AirPort Utility 5.6 is incompatible with Mac OS X 10.8.

But while you can force AirPort Utility 5.6 to install on Mountain Lion, there’s no guarantee that the app will continue to work on OS X 10.9 Mavericks or beyond. So if you want to find the IP addresses of other devices connected directly to your base station, you might prefer another option.

There are several.

In Terminal, you can use the arp -na command, which will list out devices it finds using the address resolution protocol. You won’t necessarily see friendly names for the devices it finds, but you’ll at least get a list of all the local IP addresses in use that it discovers.

You can also turn to multiple third-party apps. One such app, iNet, is available on the Mac App Store. There are iOS apps for the same purpose, like the free Fing and the $3 LAN Scan.

Those apps will, if possible, list off friendlier device names (in addition to IP addresses) than arp -na offers.

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Authored by: sr105 on Aug 21, '13 07:09:33AM

You can install fing as a command line app on OSX. Then run it with sudo.
Also, WakeOnLAN has been a goto app for years. It's a better replacement for arp. I've noticed that fing doesn't always detect all devices, but running WakeOnLAN causes the missing devices to show up in fing. A similar useful app is BonjourBrowser.

http://www.readpixel.com/wakeonlan/
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Edited on Aug 21, '13 07:11:33AM by sr105



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Authored by: petieg on Aug 21, '13 09:00:54AM

I've been digging LanScanPro http://www.iwaxx.com Simple and to the point.



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Authored by: Drewgunn on Aug 21, '13 09:42:40AM

As a Network Engineer I have found a great tool for this. NetAdmin. It is a little pricey at $37.99, but offers alot when used in the field. It polls MAC addresses, SNMP, port data, Domain/workgroup info, and much more. There is a Pro version that has been released but I do not have any details or field experience on that version as of yet. I have contacted Aribada for info. Arp commands are great to know and useful. I highly recommend them for setting up DHCP reservations. The built in OS Network Utility offers great resources as well.

On a side note to this post, I would like to find a community of Mac users who are in the IT field and use Macs for Network Admin resources. If anyone has any details please advise.



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Authored by: stevebr on Aug 21, '13 10:31:53AM
the arp -na command, which will list out devices it finds using the address resolution protocol. You won’t necessarily see friendly names for the devices it finds

It's the -n flag stopping the display of names: without it, arp will attempt to display host.domain names.

But the arp utility is only looking up entries in a cached table of machines yours has had some kind of connection with. This means that may see names/addresses of machines that have shut down or left the network but are still cached, and machines that yours has had no contact with may not show up at all.

Some of your other suggested methods are probably more suitable for getting an accurate list.



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Find devices connected to your AirPort base station without AirPort Utility 5.6
Authored by: leichter on Aug 21, '13 09:11:27PM
In the latest AirPort Utility, hold down the Option key while double-clicking to select a device. You'll get (more or less) the same display as was present in AirPort Utility 5.6. In particular, the you'll see the MAC addresses of all connected devices.

(Found this recently on the 318 TechJournal blog.)

BTW, I own a very old AirPort Express (-g only). Still handy to use at times. The latest AirPort Utility doesn't support it - it will show it in the nice GUI picture, but if you double-click on it, it suggests using AirPort Utility 5.6. It looks as if Apple will keep that available for a while yet....

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Edited on Aug 21, '13 09:12:04PM by leichter


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Find devices connected to your AirPort base station without AirPort Utility 5.6
Authored by: barefootguru on Aug 22, '13 04:06:21PM

Option double-click adds an extra tab to the setup screen called Summary, but I'm not seeing anything which isn't available by single-clicking on the AirPort Extreme and hovering the cursor over the client list -- in particular I'm not seeing wired clients.

Edited on Aug 22, '13 04:06:54PM by barefootguru



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Authored by: MurphyM on Dec 14, '13 11:45:36AM

Cool, thanks, I hadn't figured out the option double click yet.

I used to have this AppleScript that opened Airport Utility and each of my access points to the page listing the wireless connections. It arranged everything on the desktop along with a key to match the Mac addresses to the names.

I was pretty disappointed that the old utility doesn't work in Mavericks. It makes the device less useful, I really don't know what they were thinking. We have Extremes at my office and configure them with Windows but might have to stop buying them if this is the direction Apple is going in.



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Authored by: darkpepe on Aug 21, '13 09:42:18PM

you can always ping your LAN's broadcast ip:

~ Pepe$ ping 192.168.0.255
PING 192.168.0.255 (192.168.0.255): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 192.168.0.100: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.088 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.0.3: icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=98.779 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.0.100: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.134 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.0.3: icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=9.338 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.0.100: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.101 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.0.3: icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=5.736 ms



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Authored by: kamath on Aug 22, '13 01:24:06AM
Or you could use that handy-dandy built-in utility, snmpwalk, in Terminal to walk the table of your device:

snmpwalk -v 2c -c public 172.16.1.1 ipNetToMediaPhysAddress

Presuming you kept the default network. 172.16.1.1 is the Airport.

Or, if you like a little more human-oriented output:

snmptable -v 2c -c public 172.16.1.1 ipNetToMedia

The Airport Utilities basically do EVERYTHING over SNMP.

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