What Is A MAC Address And How Do I Find It
The MAC (Media Access Control) address is a 12 digit unique code assigned to network devices. Think of it like a serial number, no two devices will have the same MAC address. The address is hard coded into the devices memory / firmware, it may also be on a sticker on the device.
MAC Address Format
Example MAC Address :
( 20-47-47 identifies the manufacturer as a Dell and the D4-A9-72 is the unique serial number )
The first 3 (MM) are the ID number of the manufacturer, which is assigned by an Internet standards body.
The second 3 (SS) are the serial number assigned by the manufacturer.
How To Find The MAC Address Of A Network Device
Remember the MAC address is unique to each network device. This will show you how to fine the network or WiFi MAC address.
Windows Operating System – Open a command prompt and type ipconfig /all this command will display the MAC address.
Unix and Linux – In the terminal, type ifconfig and press enter.
MacOS – Open “System Preferences”, then select “Network”.
iPhone – Click “Settings” then “General” then “About” and it will be shown here. It might be called “WiFi Address”
Android – Click “Menu” then “Settings” then select “About Tablet” or “About Phone”. If this does not show you might have a option called “Hardware Information” if so click this.
Other Device – The address is usually on a sticker, just like a serial number, or if the device has a settings section in the software it should be listed in there.
How To Find The Manufacturer From The MAC Address
There is a number of good websites that allow you to lookup a MAC address and it will tell you the vendor. If one does not work try the other’s as it depends what database lists they use.
PC Network Card With MAC Address On A Sticker