Lesson One: Who’s on the Network


The beauty of this tool is that it is free. Here is what they say the highlights are:


  • IP Address Tracker Highlights:
  • Track an unlimited number of IP addresses for a unified, at-a-glance view of your entire IP address space
  • See which IP addresses are in use – and which are not
  • Eliminate manual errors while ensuring that IP addresses are listed in the right place
  • Determine the last time an IP address was used
  • Pre-populate key statistics like DNS and response time

The Solar Winds IP Address Tracker can be downloaded from the Solar Winds site at: SolarWinds-IPAddressTracker-v1.zip For pro or beginner, it is a good first tool to use as the week turns to next week and the administration of your system hasn’t been done.

It is simple enough to use straight after download, but you will find an email in your inbox that will give you links to several courses of materials. Except for those who make IP their daily business, we’d recommend them all.

As you would expect, since everything in digital cinema seems to change every year, IP is going to change this year. Early in June the first official day of IPv6 will come and go. Nothing will change since so much of our equipment has been developed for this day to come and go. But it would be a good thing to have a handle on the situation well in advance. Who knows what switch or router is so old and the firmware so grey that it might freak on the new larger numbers.

On the more practical level, new projectors are going to have IMBs as well as SMS units. One more set of IP addresses to track. Why not train a few people on this in your organization?

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