OS Fingerprinting

Administrators can now identify which operating system their wireless clients are running without requiring any client software. This information can be useful when trying to debug a network or get a sense of what kind of clients are using a network.

Meraki APs identify clients using a technique called OS fingerprinting. Each OS, and sometimes version of an OS, has a unique DHCP fingerprint. By examining a client’s DHCP request, we can tell which OS it is running.

Meraki admins can see client information in a number of pages, including the client detail page.

OS Fingerprinting

– Posted by Hans Robertson