Get list of devices on windows ad hoc network

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QUESTION :

I was wondering if there was a command to get a list of all the devices connected to an ad-hoc network that I host from my laptop.

This far I’ve just been looking up the device ip with ipconfig or similar from the device itself, but I want to connect a device which I can only access through SSH for a presentation I’m making.

Is there a command or utility for seeing what devices are connected to my ad-hoc netowork?

(I’m on Windows 8)

ANSWER :

After some more searching I found that I could use arp -a to list all the known devices through different network connections that I had.

Here’s how it worked:

  • Start the hostednetwork on Windows through netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  • Find out what your IP address is through ipconfig or through the network and sharing center
  • Type arp -a to get a list of all your connections and known devices
  • Find the interface with the IP you found earlier
  • Now you’ll have a list of known devices on that interface, which should be good enough.

Try viewing the Network Map. Open the Control Panel (not PC settings) and go to Network and Sharing Center. Then you should find in the upper right corner a link to “See full map”. This will work if your other devices are “discoverable” by Windows, which some may not be.

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