I have a metered APC Power Distribution Unit (PDU) which is capable of spewing out the current load, power and such information through a LAN cable. I'm connecting the cable from the PDU to a server node that I have access to. My intention is to get the info that the PDU is sending via HTTP. How do I accomplish that? I assume that the device would take up any IP address within a range, so how do I ping the device without knowing the MAC address (would some kind of trial and error work? I forgot to look it up, and the facility is pretty inaccessible).
In case you are interested to know about the PDU I'm talking about, here is the spec - http://www.apcmedia.com/salestools/ASTE-6Z6KAJ_R0_EN.pdf
I have poor knowledge about networking, so apart from answering to the point which would fix my problem, I would appreciate if you could please elaborate your suggestions.