How to find IP hosts in network

IP scanners allow network administrators to locate devices and their IP addresses that are online in a network segment.

To detect unwanted hosts, depending on the purpose and task, several free tools are available on the Internet. However, if no tool is available, because you are on a user’s PC, for example, and the guidelines prohibit you from installing an unapproved tool, there is the possibility to scan the network segment with Windows on-board resources.

This is where the execution of ping in a for-loop helps us. The following example pings all addresses of a subnet from the command prompt in a one-liner to find the hosts that are currently online.

for /l %i in (1,1,255) do @ping 192.168.57.%i -w 1 -n 1 | find /i "ttl="

The For loop with counter 1 starts at 1 and ends at 255, which pings a Class C network with 255 hosts (CIDR /24). Class C are the most commonly used network segments, for example, if the netmask (25) is used, the number 128 is used instead of 255.

Option -w 1 represents a timeout of 1 millisecond for each response.
Option -n 1 is the number of echo requests to send.
Option find /i "ttl=" only the ICMP responses will be output.

C:\> for /l %i in (1,1,255) do @ping 192.168.57.%i -w 1 -n 1 | find /i "ttl="
Reply from Bytes=32 Time=2ms TTL=255
Reply from Bytes=32 Time=301ms TTL=64
Reply from Bytes=32 Time=295ms TTL=64
Reply from Bytes=32 Time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from Bytes=32 Time=1ms TTL=255

How to fix network issue with tcpdump in Windows

TcpDump is a free command-line utility for network traffic monitoring and evaluation. It is often used in the analysis of network issues and help for troubleshooting as well as a security tool.

tcpdump is a powerful and versatile tool that contains many options and filters and is used in a variety of cases. Since it is a command-line tool, it is ideal to run it on virtual servers or devices that operate without a graphical user interface (GUI), or even to collect data that can be analyzed later.

tcpdump is available as a BSD license and is pre-installed in the base system on most Unix operating systems such as FreeBSD and Linux. For Windows there is instead of tcpdump the port with the name WinDump which is also freely available.

This tutorial shows how to install and use WinDump on Windows 11.


WinPcap is required as a system requirement, the program library available as freeware consists of a driver that allows access to the network card. The WinPcap program library is based on the “libpcap” library known from Unix/Linux, in which the pcap interface was implemented. The network packets are intercepted and forwarded by the WinPcap modules bypassing the protocol stack.

InstallIng WinPcap

First, the WinPcap driver is downloaded and installed here.

The WinPcap Setup Wizard guides you through the installation with three clicks, and you can accept the suggested settings. After installing WinPcap, the computer does not have to be restarted. The network interface is put into promiscuous mode by WinPcap, whereby all packets on this interface are “listened” and forwarded to the network stack, which enables evaluation as well decoding with WinDump.

Installing WinDump

After WinPcap is installed, then you are ready for WinDump they can be downloaded here. WinDump is a command-line tool that does not have to be installed, the file WinDump.exe can be copied for example under Program Files to a newly created folder WinDump, or you can copy WinDump.exe directly into the SystemRoot (C:\Windows), whereby the search path entry can be omitted.

WinDump can now be run, to open a command prompt as an administrator, by pressing the key on the keyboard and clicking on Run as administrator.

With the -D option, WinDump displays a list of the network interfaces available on the system on which WinDump can listen to packets. Windows assigns a GUID to each of these network interfaces.

Which GUID has which network interface? for my laptop I want to capture the packets from the WLAN adapter with WinDump.

This is where the command-line tool netsh helps to provide the information.

  If you want to capture packets from the LAN Ethernet port (cable), the DOT3SVC service must be run, if it is not started, you can run the following command.

net start DOT3SVC

  For Wi-Fi, the WLAN service must be started.

net start WLANSVC

Thus, the prerequisite is created for netsh to provide us with the desired information, with the following command for the LAN Ethernet port run in the command prompt.

netsh lan show interfaces

Here on my laptop I use the WLAN network interface.

netsh wlan show interfaces

The command shows us the GUID of the WLAN network interface.

The GUID of my WLAN interface is marked in red here. As a reminder, with the command WinDump -D the interface appears here, i.e. in line 4.

WinDump should listen to my laptop on Interface 4 (WinDump -D). With apply the -i option followed by \Device\NPF_{GUID}.

WinDump.exe -i "\Device\NPF_{B13697A3-3CD0-4D84-BA5D-179F708500D3}"

So far so good, the packets are displayed, then now comes the moment when flags and filters are used, so the chances increase that an issue can be found at all.

TCP flags are used within TCP packet transfer to announce a connection status or provide additional information in the context of the three-way handshake. They can be used to troubleshoot or control the connection. The TCP flags that are most commonly used are SYN, ACK, and FIN.

Analyze and display packets that contain one of the TCP flags, such as the TCP ACK flag here.

windump -i "\Device\NPF_{B13697A3-3CD0-4D84-BA5D-179F708500D3}" "tcp[13] & 16 != 0"

A TCP flag is 1 bit in size. The following list describes each flag in more detail.

SYN = "tcp[13] & 2 != 0"
FIN = "tcp[13] & 1 != 0"
URG = "tcp[13] & 32 != 0"
PSH = "tcp[13] & 8 != 0"
RST = "tcp[13] & 4 != 0"

In the following example, only outbound connections are to be captured. In order to capture TCP packets that are initiated on our computer, we instruct WinDump to capture only those packets for which the SYN flag is set. However, we also have to exclude packages where the ACK flag is set, otherwise we will also receive the responses of the external host.

windump -i "\Device\NPF_{B13697A3-3CD0-4D84-BA5D-179F708500D3}" "tcp[tcpflags] & (tcp-syn) != 0" and "tcp[tcpflags] & (tcp-ack) == 0"

The standard behavior of WinDump uses Unix timestamps. With the option -tttt, the packages appear with a human-readable timestamp.

windump -i "\Device\NPF_{B13697A3-3CD0-4D84-BA5D-179F708500D3}" -tttt -c 4 -vv

The -c 4 option limits the output to 4 packets (4 lines).
The -v option for verbose dump, -vv increased verbose dump.

By default, WinDump resolves IP addresses to host names and also uses service names instead of port numbers. If no DNS is available, or you simply want to see the port number, the -n option can be applied.

WinDump Filter Expressions

Use filter to select which packet headers capture. If no filters are applied, all packet headers are getting. Commonly used filters are port, host, src, dst, tcp, udp, icmp.

windump -i "\Device\NPF_{B13697A3-3CD0-4D84-BA5D-179F708500D3}" -n "udp port 53 or tcp port 53"

The filter is applied to udp port 53 and tcp port 53, so only DNS packets are shown.

Filter expressions can be combined with the AND, OR, and NOT operators. In this way, packets can be isolated more precisely.

windump -i "\Device\NPF_{B13697A3-3CD0-4D84-BA5D-179F708500D3}" "src and dst port 22"

In the next example, capturing all packets except tcp packets.

windump -i "\Device\NPF_{B13697A3-3CD0-4D84-BA5D-179F708500D3}" "not tcp"

The output of WinDump can scroll very quickly across the screen, but the package headers can be saved to a file with the -w option. The files are saved in pcap format and have a .pcap extension. The pcap files stored in this way can e.g. in Wireshark to decoding again later.

windump -i "\Device\NPF_{B13697A3-3CD0-4D84-BA5D-179F708500D3}" -n -c 20 -w dump.pcap

The command saves 20 output lines to the icmp.pcap file.

Help and version information is available with run -help.

C:\>windump -help
windump version 3.9.5, based on tcpdump version 3.9.5
WinPcap version 4.1.3 (packet.dll version, based on libpcap version 1.0 branch 1_0_rel0b (20091008)
Usage: windump [-aAdDeflLnNOpqRStuUvxX] [ -B size ] [-c count] [ -C file_size ]
                [ -E algo:secret ] [ -F file ] [ -i interface ] [ -M secret ]
                [ -r file ] [ -s snaplen ] [ -T type ] [ -w file ]
                [ -W filecount ] [ -y datalinktype ] [ -Z user ]
                [ expression ]


WinDump is easy to set up, once you are familiar with the various flags and filters after a few attempts, network issues can be solved quickly, as well the security in the network can be checked and optimized, that in the same effective way as is possible with a linux system.

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