How do you find the IP address of a switch in a LAN from a PC

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How do you find the IP address of a switch in a LAN from a PC if you're not the network administrator but as a user of the PC in the LAN?

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Network switches don’t have IP addresses which normal network users would need to know. The IP address is only used to manage the network switch. Even if you had the IP address of the network switch you won’t have access to log onto the operating system of the network switch.

Without knowing the IP address you would need to check all the IPs on the network.

If the network is setup correctly that management IP of the network will be a different IP than the IP range which the users on the LAN use.

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  • Labnuke99
    This is a security question and a regular LAN user should not have this level of access. Why in particular would you be asking this type of question?
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  • Buddyfarr
    yep, best policy is to contact your network admin if you need changes to the network done. trying to access this type of equipment without the express permission from them can end you up at these types of websites: monster.com jobfinder.com careerbuilder.com as in you will probably lose your job. ;)
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  • CiscoX
    Blogroll links aint that great :P but i am not the admin
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  • ITwannab
    I am just a user myself. However, I have been an IT Project Manager for AT&T for quite a while (basically, I manage the team so that they can put in, starting from T1 and up). I have no network admin experience. Furthermore, I have just had a run in with the AV Security suite, one of those terrible spyware, and it seems that the AV program works by latching itself on to my computer then generate a false proxy telling me that my computer is infected with viruses. It took quite a bit of effort to take it down. So my question is... would it be better for the everyday user to take the extra effort to find out what their LAN address is so that they can set the proper proxy thus further prevent petsky viruses from reeking havoc? Or am I way off base here and one has nothing to do with the other from the end-user standpoint.
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  • Labnuke99
    The virus-type you describe does typically put itself "in-line" for any communications from your system to other systems. It hooks major processes and can be very difficult to clean as you describe. Most users would not need to know their local IP address or addresses of systems on the network. Systems are usually located by DNS/netbios name which maps to the IP address. Keep your system updated, AV, firewall and/or HIPS running to prevent similar infections in the future.
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  • carlosdl
    In a corporate environment, having the proper security tools installed and the OS updated should not be a user's responsibility. On the other hand, knowing proxy or other netowork's addresses won't prevent virus infections or their effects.
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  • Rwade1119
    If you think you have a need to know this information, you should always contact your Network Administrator & let him/her know what you need or what you are trying to do. Let them help you out. You don't want to be messing around where you are not supposed to be.
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  • mitrum
    try cisco network magic. you will find some good information
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