How to find IP address of a machine on network?

Derek Broughton derek at
Fri Jan 16 18:24:08 UTC 2009

Chris G wrote:

> I have just installed ubuntu onto a machine and have connected it to
> my LAN.  The router provides DHCP and the new machine is up and
> running on the network.
> How do I connect *to* the machine?  I need to know its IP address and,
> as there are a few devices which get their address by DHCP it's not at
> all obvious what the machine's address is.
> Eventually I will probably give it a fixed address (for this reason
> among others).

Pointless.  Have you tried just addressing it by name?  Decent routers set 
up the DNS too.

I see so many people telling us that they "need" static IPs, but the 
technology is way beyond that.

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