ARP - Address Resolution Protocol.

Display and modify the IP-to-Physical address translation tables used by address resolution protocol.

   View the contents of the local ARP cache table 
      ARP -a [ip_addr] [-N if_addr]

   Add a static Arp entry for frequent accessed hosts 
      ARP -s ip_addr eth_addr [if_addr]

   Delete an entry 
      ARP -d ip_addr [if_addr]

   -a           Display current ARP entries.
                Can include more than one network interface.
                If ip_addr is specified, the IP and Physical
                addresses for only the specified computer are displayed. 
   -g           Same as -a.

   -N if_addr   Display the ARP entries for the network interface specified
                by if_addr.

   -d ip_addr   Delete the host specified by ip_addr.
                -d *  will delete all hosts.

   -s           Add the host and associates the Internet address ip_addr
                with the Physical address eth_addr.  The Physical address is
                given as 6 hexadecimal bytes separated by hyphens. The entry
                is permanent.

   eth_addr     Specifies a physical address.

   if_addr      If present, this specifies the Internet address of the
                interface whose address translation table should be modified.
                If not present, the first applicable interface will be used.

If two hosts on the same sub-net cannot ping each other successfully, try running ARP -a to list the addresses on each computer to see if they have the correct MAC addresses.

A host's MAC address can be checked using IPCONFIG. If another host with a duplicate IP address exists on the network, the ARP cache might have had the MAC address for the other computer placed in it. ARP -d is used to delete an entry that is incorrect.


Display the ARP cache tables for all interfaces:

C:\> arp -a

Display the ARP cache table for the interface on IP address

C:\> arp -a -N

Add a static ARP cache entry on IP addr to the physical address 00-AA-21-4A-2F-9A:

C:\> arp -s 00-AA-21-4A-2F-9A

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Related commands

ROUTE - Manipulate network routing tables.

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