MAC Address

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Also known as a physical address or hardware address, a MAC address is a static identifier assigned to network hardware (ethernet, wireless, firewire, bluetooth, etc). Although MAC addresses are typically static, they can be changed, or "spoofed". Please note that MAC stands for Media Access Control; it is not a reference to Macintosh computers.

Finding Your MAC Address

Windows

  1. Go to Start, then Click "Run..."
  2. Type "cmd" and hit enter (a black window with white text will open).
  3. Type "ipconfig /all", hit enter.
  4. Look for the heading "Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:"
  5. Look for the "Physical Address:", it will be formatted as you see below.

Macintosh

  1. In the menubar at the top, click Go and select Utilities.
  2. Find the Network Utility and double-click to open the application
  3. In the first tab, select en0 (wired) or en1 (wireless) from the drop-down menu.
  4. Look for "Hardware Address", it will be formatted as seen below.

OR

  1. In the menubar at the top, click the Apple
  2. Click "About This Mac"
  3. Click "More Info..."
  4. Select "Network"

Format

MAC Addresses may or may not be capitalized, you may see different formats depending on your machine. Addresses are formatted as six groups of two hexadecimal digits, such as the following,

01-23-45-67-89-ab
00:12:f7:5e:84:91


Related Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAC_address