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By learninmypc ยท 8 replies
Aug 3, 2017
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  1. Can an iPhone with no phone number be pinged?
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,880   +903

    I don't think a cellphone can be PING regardless, even if it is attached to the system. PING only talks TCP
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,499   +377

  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,880   +903

    AHH. A TCP PING is not the same as a Cellphone ping. We have no tools on our PCs to perform the latter.

    Cellphones are always looking for "Where's the closest cell tower" and to the providers, they refer to this as a PING.
    If at least two towers receive this PING from the same phone, then navigational triangulation becomes possible.
     
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  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,499   +377

    Ok, thank you :)
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,880   +903

    BTW: Sonar and Radar operate on the 'reflected wave' principle and the reflection itself is often referred to as a Ping.

     
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  7. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Booster Posts: 236   +32

    It might be doable and usually it is not, if your phone is connected to your local home network.
    Find and identify your apples/androids/windows phone mac address with ip.
    If it works your phone will pickup on it and identify the request, you could visit what is my ip address.com on your phones browser.
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/540175/ping-phone-from-computer/
     
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  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,880   +903

    Normally, a mobile device which is not connected via WiFi will not be 'pingable' as it has no IP address. Once connected, these devices will respond as expected.

    There's a cool tool 'Netgear Genie' that will graphically display all devices attached to the router, and you can pick the IP from there. It will notify you whenever there's a new device attached to the network (y)
     
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,499   +377

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