iputils is a small collection of TCP/IP related utilities.

  • ping: is already provided on the device by BusyBox and it's a tool to monitor and test network functionality.

  • arping: sends ARP requests to a host.

  • tracepath: trace a path to a host discovering MTU along the way. This is similar to traceroute, but does not require superuser rights or offer fancy options.


source: iputils

binary: iputils-ping, iputils-arping, iputils-tracepath

Usage Examples

To test if a host is in the network and responding to ping:

# ping host.name.net

Send four ARP requests to host:

# arping -c 4 host.name.net

Discover the path to www.maemo.org:

# tracepath www.maemo.org


arping man page

tracepath man page

See Also

netcat, tcpdump, traceroute