Viewing ARP Cache

The ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) cache is a table maintained locally in each station on a network. ARP cache entries are learned by examining the source information in the ARP packet payload fields, regardless of whether it is an ARP request or response. Thus, when an ARP request is broadcast to all stations on a LAN segment or VLAN (Virtual LAN), every recipient has the opportunity to store the sender‘s IP and MAC address in their respective ARP cache. The ARP response, being unicast, is normally seen only by the requestor, who stores the sender information in its ARP cache. Newer information always replaces existing content in the ARP cache.

The ARP cache can support 1024 entries, although this size is user-configurable to any value less than 1024. When multiple network interfaces are supported by a device, as is typical of a router, either a single ARP cache is used for all interfaces, or a separate cache is maintained per interface. While the latter approach is useful when network addressing is not unique per interface, this is not the case for Ethernet MAC address assignment so a single ARP cache is employed.

To display the system ARP cache, click System > Status > ARP Cache page in the navigation menu.

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ARP Cache Fields

Field Description
MAC Address Displays the physical (MAC) address of the system in the ARP cache.
IP Address Displays the IP address associated with the system‘s MAC address.
Interface Displays the unit, slot, and port number being used for the connection. For non-stacking systems, only the slot and port number is displayed.

For units that have a service port, the service port will be listed as Management in this field.

Click Refresh to reload the page and refresh the ARP cache view. Click Clear Entriesto clear all entries from the table. The table will be repopulated as new addresses are learned.