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Using CDPR For Network Awareness

Here’s a really neat little stocking stuffer.

The program is called “Cisco Discovery Protocol Reporter” or CDPR from a site with an stranger name than LoveMyTool; I will leave all the possible one liners to yourself.

This utility uses winpcap to listen for CDP packets. Sure you could use Wireshark from the command line, with a capture filter, etc…. But this is much more convenient.

To use it, simply go the application folder and run Cdpr.exe. Your output should look something like this:


In my example I want to determine which port my AP is on, so I will choose interface number 3.


And there you go, port 0/8 on switch stewie or

If you want more detail, run it in verbose mode, with a –v option.


Have a great holiday season.


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