I'm not a English speaker, but I'll try my best make it clear: If your laptop connects to a unknown local network (through a wireless or wired router) and there's no DHCP service at all, and nobody would tell you the configuration of this network, how can you find out this network's IP and its subnet mask (even more the gateway's IP)?
For what I've known, most net-related software or tools work when you have configured your IP and successfully connected to it, but now I don't even know a IP to connect to it, that means most of tools won't work for you to detect anything else right?
This has confused me for a long time. I'm sure there must be a way to find out what the IP and subnet mask is. Should I set to a visit an unknown LAN? Please help!