Find a Computer in a LAN Network Using an IP Address

November 2016

A LAN, or a local area network, provides networking capabilities to a group of computers, allowing users to easily share files, games, printers, data, and other applications. If you know the internet protocol address (or IP address) of another computer, you can use this information to check a folder or file shared on that computer directly.

This article will explain how to learn the identity of another computer on a LAN network. Note that it is not necessary to know an IP address in order to find other systems if you have a WiFi LAN connection.

Find a Computer Name in a LAN Network

The first step is to open your Command Prompt by navigating to Start > Run > CMD.

Next, type one of the following codes:

NSLOOKUP
or
PING -A xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
(IP Address).

Note that the NSLOOKUP code uses DNS. By contrast, PING will try WINS and DNS.

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