Do you need to figure out what your MAC address is? I’ll explain how to do that in this article!
So what do you need to do to get your MAC address? It’s pretty simple actually! Let’s start off with getting a PC MAC address:
- Click on Start and then click Run. In the text box, type in CMD. Click OK.
- In the DOS window (the black box), type in the following without the quotes: “ipconfig/all” and press Enter.
You’ll notice a lot of stuff that might not make sense! Basically, this command gives you all the information for any network card in your system including the wired (Ethernet) network adapter, bluetooth adapter, any virtual adapters and the wireless adapter. So you’ll have to look under the specific heading you need because each adapter will have it’s own MAC address.
The MAC address is usually the last item in the list for each adapter and it’s called Physical Address. You’ll see a set of pairs of numbers separated by colons, i.e. 09:F2:96:3E…etc. This is your MAC address for that particular adapter.
You can then use the MAC address in your router settings if you are setting up MAC address filtering, which allows you to specify only certain devices that can connect to your WiFi network. Note that every device connected to your network has a MAC address including smartphones, printers, etc.
OS X Mac Address
If you have an Apple computer like a Macbook or Mac Mini, you can get your Mac address following the steps below.
- Open System Preferences and click on Network.
- Click on the connection that you want the MAC address for and then click on theAdvanced button at the bottom right.
- Then click on the Hardware tab and you’ll see MAC Address written right at the top.