There are four options for device discovery.
- : SmartScan discovers devices by reading SNMP
information on your network. This scan type uses an SNMP enabled
router to identify both network devices and subnetworks. We
recommend using SmartScan as your primary Discovery method.
- : WhatsUp Gold scans a range of IP addresses and finds
the devices that respond to one or more of the chosen services. The
Discover Devices wizard prompts you to enter a range of the IP
addresses in your network. You should use IP Range Scan if SNMP is
either unavailable or does not meet your needs.
- : Scanning a Network Neighborhood creates a
list of devices by scanning the Windows network to which your
computer is connected, and finding the other systems on the
network. Use this type of scan if you only want to discover Windows
- : WhatsUp Gold imports devices from the system's
Hosts file, which is a text file that lists host names and their IP
addresses on a network. For small networks, the Hosts file is an
alternative to DNS. The Hosts file may also be called a host table
by some TCP/IP vendors.
For more information see a step-by-step example for discovering
devices with the Device Discovery Wizard.