Location and Device Discovery

Location Tracking

Any device, any location.

Have a lost device that you’d like to find? Ever wished you could locate that stolen smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even desktop computer? With FileWave’s integrated Location Tracking feature you can easily locate those missing, or misplaced, devices.

With a simple click, FileWave allows FileWave Administrators to map the last known location, if available, of any FileWave managed Windows, OS X, iOS and Android device, or group of devices. Location information is then presented in the device Client Info dialog to easily view the device(s) on a map.

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Image 1: Location Tracking map for an individual device, via the Client Info dialog.

Image 2: Location Tracking information for multiple devices, via the “Show Location(s)” option in the context menu.


Location Tracking Reports

Want a report of the last known location of a single device, multiple devices or groups of devices? No problem. FileWave Inventory now includes the option to build inventory queries to get a report of the last known location(s).

Additionally, the last location date and time of a device is available, providing FileWave Administrators information as to when a device last reported its location.

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Image 1: Location Tracking queries in FileWave Inventory.

Image 2: Last location date and time.


Location Tracking Privacy Settings

FileWave allows the flexibility for Admins to opt-out at both the organization and device level. Client state options are Normal, Archive, Missing and Not Tracked. Furthermore, the current state of a device will be reported by FileWave Inventory allowing FileWave Administrators to create smart groups based on that information. For example, devices that report “Normal” could be included in a smart group that reports their location every 24 hours, but missing devices belonging to a smart group could report their location every five minutes.


Client State menu options.


Device Discovery

About Device Discovery

Device Discovery provides FileWave administrators with an easy way to scan, detect, and report hardware present on their organization’s network. Whether you need to know exactly what you have on your network for IT management purposes, or you need a global overview report for an important meeting, customizable scans and reports ensure you get the information you need, when you need it.


Features of Device Discovery

Global Discovery Report Global overview reports provide the number & OS of devices on your network.
Flexible Scan Schedules One-time, daily, or weekly scans can be set to include any subnet or IP range
Simple Setup Easily configured and controlled within the FileWave Admin console.
One User Interface All results are accessible from a single UI, including filtering, sorting & grouping options.
In-depth Network Scans Scan your entire network, even across subnets.
Customizable Reports Easily create reports to show new, managed, or unmanaged devices on your network.
FileWave Booster Integration Scanning is integrated with Boosters - requires no additional hardware or software.
Customizable Scans Set scans to all Boosters or a specific subset of Boosters.


  • Discovery Configuration
  • DeviceDiscovery Results