About the ARP Ping Tool
The ARP Ping Tool gives you a way to
'Ping' a MAC address on your LAN using ARP packets. This
tool is functionally equivalent to the arping
open source command line utility.
Why use ARP? Simple - IPv4 devices
must respond to ARP packets even if the
uses firewalls or other stealthy methods to hide
from ICMP or UDP packet based ping tools like our
Ping - Enhanced Tool and
(NetScanner). ARP operates at OSI Layer 2 which
is lower level than ICMP or UDP which operate at
Since ARP is a non-routable protocol, the
device must be on your LAN (local subnet or
network segment) and you must know the IPv4
address of the device.
Just like regular Ping, this
tool shows the latency timing of ARP responses
from the device and unlike regular Ping, it can
also tell you if more than one
device is sharing the same IP address.
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packets are not routable (the packets will not go beyond
your router), so this tool is limited to target IPv4 addresses on the
same network segment or subnet as your computer
is currently on.
Protocol requires you to know the IPv4
address of the target. You cannot
'ping' a MAC address and get an IP address back
in return -- the ARP protocol does not work