Archive for March, 2010

h1

How to Locate Your MAC Address

March 3, 2010

First off, let me say that your computer does not have a MAC address – it’s your network card (NIC) that does.

Some computers have two network cards: one that’s for wired connections and one that uses WiFi. S0 a computer will have a different MAC address depending on which network card it uses to connect to the network.

The MAC address can be found written directly on the network (NIC) card, but since that is sometimes concealed inside a computer, it’s impractical to use this method.

The best way to determine your MAC address is to access it on the computer. Here’s how, using some different O/S’es:

Windows XP

1. Click the Start button and select Run (or hit the Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog box).

2. Type cmd and hit Enter.

3. At the C:/ prompt, type ipconfig /all.

You’ll see a hexidecimal number listed next to Physical Address in the listing. This is your MAC address. An example of a MAC address is 02-00-54-55-4E-01.

Windows 95/98/Me

1. Click the Start button and select Run (or hit the Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog box).

2. Type winipcfg and hit Enter.

3. A grey box will appear with all the network settings, including the MAC address.

Mac OS X

1. Open the Applications folder on the hard drive.

2. In the folder, double-click on the Network Utility.

3. Under Info, choose the network card from the drop-down menu that you want to allow access to your network. Below that, you’ll see an entry for Hardware Address. That is the network card’s MAC address.