Here’s a look at a Mac app that does the deed for free. It’s call IP Scanner, a Mac tool which scans your local network for devices, then lists them so you can see what’s there, who’s there, and where they’re connected. And it’s almost free.
Scanning Is Free
IP Scanner is a Mac utility app that’s been around awhile and what it does may seem a bit geeky, but it can be handy to use, either on a small home network, or a local network at the office.
As the name implies, IP Scanner scans the network to determine which devices are connected, their IP addresses, and the all-important MAC address. It also has a number of useful options.
For example, IP Scanner can sort a long list of devices by name, MAC address, IP address, or the last date the device was tracked on the network. The app display is configurable, too. Double-click on a device for more detail, click to remove a column of detail, and even assign a customized icon based upon a devices MAC address or the IP number.
IP Scanner also lets you create a whitelist of known connected devices which makes it easier to see which devices are new or unknown to you. The local network is scanned automatically, but there’s a setting to scan custom address ranges.
This is a useful app and priced right. Free for up to six devices (good for a small office or home network), but it has a price tag for devices numbering beyond six.