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    Hi

    I have to support users over the phone, they need a printer added and they dont know what it is, the printer dos not appear from the list in the add printers wizard and there are no collegues nearby to get the printers ip from and this is often a site not connected to the main network.

    I feel there has to be a way to probe the network they are on for any printers. Im fishing for ideas.

    Perhaps scan for all mac adresses on their subnet then we can match the mac addresses to the device?

    Thanks fopr reading

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    Re: Find all printers on network

    Depends really on the brand of printer. For example the HP Universal Print Driver will find all HP printers on a subnet when it's installed in dynamic mode, and will often find other manufacturers. You could also try a network mapper like advanced IP scanner.

    You could also try the router or server at the remote site and check DHCP, although IME printer engineers have a bad habit of using static IPs rather than asking for a DHCP reservation.
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    • #3
      Re: Find all printers on network

      you could refer to your network documentation that records details like this?

      If that doesn't exist, well, you could start creating that document, to save time in future..
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      • #4
        Re: Find all printers on network

        The idea was indeed document my findings, The Ad hoc nature of the sites however still requires getting printer info that is not documentated.

        arp -A will get the ip to Macs

        nirsoft's "Maccaddressview" can quickly resolve the mac addresses gathered to their respective manufcaturers .

        Now all I need to do is to filter the output of the arp command so that I only get the mac addresses displayed. I can paste thos mac addresses into nirsofts program.

        Ive been trying but cant yet filter the output of the arp command.

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        • #5
          Re: Find all printers on network

          paste it into excel as a "space-separated value"
          then just copy the column you need

          not automatic, but it'll do it at a pinch
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          • #6
            Re: Find all printers on network

            I have found a sweet solution

            Procedure / Skinny

            Use

            • Arp -a

            • arp -a | %{$($_[24..41])-join ''} | select -skip 3 (From POWERSHELL)

            • Paste all the the mac addresses into a program on this page macaddress view to see the manufacturer


            1 shows the mac and ip
            2 shows the macs only for easy posting into Macaddress program which resolves all the mac addresses to manufacturers

            3 Note nirsofts macaddress view is on the local machine

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