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Suppose I have a printer in my network has a Mac Address : 11:22:33:44:55:66 .

Is there a way i can ping it to see if its up or down using its Mac address ?

Any Help ?

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After some research i have succeeded in pinging my printer by its mac-address by following these steps using arping tool :

First I tried arping that is installed by default in Ubuntu 12.04 , it state unknown host whenever I ping a Mac Address .

I search for the problem and found that newer version of arping stopped this feature .

I search for an old version i found Thomas habets arping. Download It from Herer .

After Download extract it .

Before installation make sure you download libnet Here , and libcap-dev

sudo apt-get install libpcap-dev 

Now it time to install arping 2.13 , open Terminal :

cd /path/to/arpingfolder



make install

Now Navigate to :

cd /usr/local/sbin/

And run the following command :

arping -i (your network interface ) -c 3 11:22:33:44:55:66

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For more options type man arping.

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