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How to Ping the Broadcast/Network IP Address

If someone configured Router or Switch, You didn’t know its IP address but you know it was configured in the subnet 172.16.0.x. So now you can directly connect your laptop to the Router or Switch interface and configure your own IP as 172.16.0.20 (anything in the same subnet would work). Then ping the broadcast address of subnet: ping 172.16.0.255 and¬† find below¬† result for broadcast IP address. 32 bytes from 172.16.0.20: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.168 ms 32 bytes from 172.16.0.21: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.327 ms The first response is our own IP, so the second must be the switch (Press Control-C). This technique should work on just about any IP device. If you know the subnet, you can find the IP address. Ping Broadcast Domain at Once: If you need to ping several devices in one same subnet and broadcast domain, you can do several commands or ping like the one below. […]