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Software to detect new devices on network & notify admin

By robertsdoug ·
So I have a customer who is a bank, and we need to know immediately when a new device is plugged into the network or connects wirelessly. We could, ofcourse, watch the DHCP server, but if the device uses a static IP that won't work. There has to be some software out there that could to an IP range scan every few minutes or an ARP scan to see if new MAC addresses are on the network.

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Repost as 'Q&A'

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Software to detect new de ...

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:;content

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However saying that the bank that I work for very tightly controls what is loaded on every computer. There is a lot of Hoops you have to jump through to get any software approved for use inside a Bank. And that is just on workstations that have no interaction with the Backend Customer Accounts.


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Try Spiceworks

by NickNielsen In reply to Software to detect new de ...

It's free and there's a large community that will help you out if you get stuck after reading the manual.

The Stanford University SLAC site also has a list of network management/monitoring software at

The easiest way to prevent unauthorized connections to a network is simply to disable unused switch ports and use secure logins and AES encryption on your wifi. Many of my customers also use RADIUS in conjunction with their in-house wifi.

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