I am trying to get an IP camera connected to my Ubuntu Linux (16.04) machine. At work I am responsible for a camera network of more than 60 cameras, however there I use some window tools to determine IP addresses etc. for Axis cameras. At home now, trying to use my Ubuntu Linux machine to see 1 camera plugged into my ethernet port.

I have tried using DHCP with no luck (probably because the camera has a fixed IP address).

Tried using "Shared to other computers" (an option in the network setup in Ubuntu GUI) and this brings up an IP address of for my host computer, but again, using tools like nmap reveals no other connections on this network.

Tried using manual network settings, with domain ranges like 10.42.0.x as well as more conventional IP ranges like 192.168.55.x. All withou success.

Tried to install AngryIP (a useful tool in Windows) however there seems to be something wrong with the .deb files or the install as Ubuntu refuses to install it (I suspect the repository no longer exists for ipscan).

I have also tried everything mentioned here: How can I install an IP scanner for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS? again, with no success.

I know the camera is connected as, when I plug it in, the Tx LED flashes briefly and then stays on, and Ubuntu reports "you are now connected to the Ethernet network" or something to that effect. Also, when I run nmap, the LED flashes on the camera for a second or two, so something is there and communicating, I just can't seem to get Ubuntu to tell me the IP address!

Again, the tools I use at work are able to tell me the IP address for a camera, even when the IP address falls completely outside of the domain that it is plugged into! To be honest, I'm not sure how that works, but yes, I can identify an address like on a domain of say 172.16.12.x.

From a hardware perspective, my machine is an up to date I7, and the camera is of reputable brand and directly plugged into my Ethernet port. No other nodes on the network. Help, please!

IFCONFIG returns the following when a connection is established: enter image description here

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    Is the camera supposed to be able to directly connect to another device over Ethernet, or does it need to be connected to a router?
    – Byte Commander
    Aug 18, 2017 at 23:08
  • hmm, you have a point. Trying to remember whether I've ever connected a camera directly to a PC. But then I am relatively sure I have used unmanaged routers to interface between server and camera, so I would think all protocol negotiation goes on directly between the computer and the camera. Then again, I might be revealing how little I know on the subject...
    – witenitenz
    Aug 18, 2017 at 23:15
  • Also, Ubuntu says "Connect established. You are now connected to the Ethernet network" when I plug in the camera, which seems to me that all is good.
    – witenitenz
    Aug 18, 2017 at 23:18
  • When it says "connection established," what does the command ifconfig report?
    – chili555
    Aug 18, 2017 at 23:22

3 Answers 3


You can do this 3 ways.

You have to know the subnet you want to scan (192.168.0.x or 10.0.0.x or what have you).

run ifconfig to see your subnet. In my examples I will use

Method 1 nmap

IMO nmap is best, as long as you do not mind installing packages

sudo apt-get install nmap

Then search by ping (nmap can of course be more complicated and this assumes you are not firewalling ping)

nmap -sP 192.168.0.*

Method 2 : use arp

ping -b

arp -a

Method 3, and perhaps an even better option, log into your router. Most routers have a web interface that will show all connected devices.

Of course these methods will not tell you what is at which IP, although nmap will try to guess the OS if you wish.


May give you a clue what is at what IP, or not.

  • alternative: i like fping; where as example fping -ag 2>/dev/null will report any 'alive' within the specified 12.0/24 range. i route (2) errors to null to remove errs which can be left off
    – guiverc
    Aug 19, 2017 at 1:53
  • Thanks, but I have absolutely no idea what subnet the camera is even on. It could be anywhere within the IP domain range. I have tried to take a shot in the dark at some of the more conventional subnets, all without success. The 10.42.0.xxx range is where I think the camera is, only because this is the IP address ( that is assigned to my computer when I set the network settings to not use DHCP, but use "Shared to other computers" option. In other words I am trying in this instance to let the camera dictate the IP subnet, not the PC. Using DHCP doesn't work.
    – witenitenz
    Aug 19, 2017 at 3:50
  • The subnet is 10.42.0.xx so to ping all
    – Panther
    Aug 21, 2017 at 20:04

First, unplug the camera.

Second, start wireshark and tell it to monitor the Any interface.

Third, connect the camera.

wireshark should show you (and decode for you) the camera's traffic, including the IP address.


Yeah, if the OS is not windows you must run nmap on your IP range. Check for all live hosts. And finally do port scan and grab the banner. In your case you must know what is the port number of that IP cam and what banner it shows. So you at the end you will get the live host with IP, running a IP cam on your network. This process helps to get any other service detection on network. It might eat up your memory and cpu. But thats best way possibly.

To know How to find your public IP, check this : www.IPconfig.in

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