IP Address Manager (IPAM) automatically scans IP addresses, allowing you to easily view status changes.
Tracking offers insight into how properties like MAC addresses and hostnames have changed over time.
Use alerts to avoid conflicts, head off depletion, and ensure minor errors don’t become major issues.
Create and use subnets to facilitate organized and effective IP address tracking.
An IP tracker scans a variety of IP resources and tracks various changes to IP information or status. Manual IP tracking is a slow, error-prone process involving keeping IP addresses on spreadsheets. An IP tracker can automatically record and provide the operational history for all IP addresses across a business. As changes occur within a subnet, the IP tracker will record the status change using a timestamp, allowing admins to see how devices use IP addresses over time.
Admins track IP addresses to avoid IP conflicts or duplications, and to prevent downtime. IP address tracking makes it easy to avoid exceeding subnet or scope capacity thresholds. Admins wondering how to track IP addresses should consider using a tool allowing them to automatically identify IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, view change histories and current usage, and gain instant visibility into issues. In short, tracking IP addresses is critical for ensuring optimal end-user connectivity.
IP tracking using proactive alerts can helps reduce network downtime stemming from IP conflicts and ensure subnets are properly configured and available as needed. Additionally, understanding subnet utilization makes it easier to plan capacity across a business. Tracking IP addresses can lead to improved service, reduced troubleshooting or configuration time, and lowered costs.
It’s easy to track IPv4 and IPv6 addresses within IPAM. The software automatically discovers IPv4 subnets once you specify a default gateway, and you can use the wizard to create IPv6 subnets as well. IPAM then scans router ARP tables and creates profiles on managed subnets. IPAM regularly scans IP addresses within those subnets and keeps track of status and changes related to usage, DHCP settings, MAC address, vendor type, and other custom fields. IPAM uses ICMP, SNMP, and neighborhood scanning to both update IP information and mark unused IP addresses.
While free IP tracker software can help provide surface-level insights, these tools often have restrictive caps on the number of tracked IPs as well as other limited features designed mostly for smaller environments as an alternative to manually tracking IPs using spreadsheets. However, the number of IP changes, overlaps, and conflicts will often become more frequent and deeper IP address management insights are needed for growing businesses and networks. SolarWinds IPAM can manage up to two million IP addresses to help ensure all devices on a network are tracked. Unlike free IP tracker tools, IPAM also includes advanced abilities to integrate DNS and DHCP management (including multi-vendor support), create alerts, pull reports, schedule IP address scanning, and automate static IP address requests.
IP Address Manager
Use insights into current and changing IP data to be proactive about IP address issues.
Perform IP address tracking more effectively by using organized subnets and hierarchies.
Gain insights into historical IP address usage to resolve conflicts and allocate resources.