If you are developing software for an Ethernet (or Wifi) device, you’ll need to access the board for debugging and/or testing purpose. If your board does not have user interface or the serial port is not available, you’ll have to find the IP address (assuming it is using DHCP) before accessing the board thru telnet or ssh.
A simple way to do that is to ping the broadcast address and check the arp table.
> ping -b 192.168.0.255
WARNING: pinging broadcast address
PING 192.168.0.255 (192.168.0.255) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 192.168.0.246: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.018 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.0.101: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.217 ms (DUP!)
64 bytes from 192.168.0.246: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.023 ms
> arp -i eth0
arp -i eth1
Address HWtype HWaddress Flags Mask Iface
192.168.0.103 ether 00:50:FC:00:00:01 C eth1
192.168.0.109 ether 00:13:20:01:01:01 C eth1
If you cannot find your device, it may be configured to ignore ping broadcast (in order to avoid denial-of-service attack). To enable it, make sure /proc file system is mounted and type:
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts
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