How to Find a Computer Name on a Network Using Ping

By Brandon Pierce

The ping command is a simple but powerful tool in managing a computer network. To find a computer's assigned name on a network using the ping command, you will need to know the computer's Internet protocol (IP) address. Each computer on a network has a different IP address. The ping command allows you to contact the IP address and get it to return the computer's workgroup name to you.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Network

Finding the Computer Name

Step 1

Open a command prompt window. This is done by clicking the Start menu. Next, find the Accessories sub-menu. The command prompt application should now be on screen.

Step 2

If you have the computer's IP address at your disposal, you can skip ahead to Step 3. If you have nothing to go on, you can get a list of all active IP addresses on your network by using the netstat command. In your opened command prompt window, type netstat -n. A list of all IP's currently active on the network is returned.

Step 3

At this point, you have an IP address, either one you knew all along or one from your IP list you created in the first step. Now, type the next command: ping -a. Make sure to leave a space after the "-a" part. In the ping report that is returned by the other computer, you will find the computer's name.