One of the issues I have seen pop-up repeatedly on these fora is the “Oh no! I can’t find my [insert name of device here]!!!”
Though I cannot guarantee that there won’t be other reasons, I suspect that, at least in some cases, the device is attached using a dynamic IP address, (DHCP) instead of a static IP address. Obviously, if you know what you’re doing, setting a static IP address is the desirable thing to do. (And if there is enough interest, I’ll post a “How-To” on that topic.)
Assuming that either you have a dynamic IP, (i.e. the network address can, and often will, change), or a static, (unchanging), IP address and have forgotten it, there is a way to find out what’s happening.
There is a cute, freeware, utility for Windows devices called “Advanced IP Scanner” (located at http://www.advanced-ip-scanner.com, that will allow you to scan your network and discover what devices are on your network, and where, (at what IP address) they are located.
I have been using this a lot, both on my own network(s), and the networks of the clients whose systems I care for.
With this utility you can scan your network and discover everything that is currently connected to it.
This is useful because:
- It gives you a listing of everything it can find on your network - both IP and MAC address.
- Knowing what is on your network is a Good Idea, just in case someone (or something!), you don’t know about is secretly snagging a ride on your wireless or hard-wired network.
Hopefully this will help some of the people who discover that they cannot connect to their devices anymore.