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How-to: Find MAC Address on Windows


Find MAC Address on WindowsIf you travel around a lot, as I do, then you’ll often find the more secure locations with computer networks want to know the MAC address of any mobile devices you want to attach to their networks.

The MAC address is one way for wireless networks to restrict access to only those devices they can identify. You’ll need to give your MAC Address to the network manager to add your device to the list of registered devices so that you can use the network.

The method for each of Windows 7/8, Vista and XP follow, although it’s typical for Windows that you need twice as many mouse clicks and key presses to get to the MAC address! AJS

MAC Address numbers should be unique thanks to it’s length in hexadecimal notation and the MAC Address is difficult to fake. The MAC Address is 12 digits long, broken up into pairs: 12:34:56:78:9A:BC. It’s a base-16 value (hence called hexadecimal), so the letters A through F are treated as numeric values.

Windows 7/8
Click the Start icon
Click Control Panel
Select Network and Internet
Click Network and Sharing Center
Under Connections, find the wired or wireless network in the centre pane, then right-click the link for in the Access Type: HomeGroup: Connections pane on the right.

  • Right-click on the connection you for which you need the MAC address and the Connection Status Box will open. Select Details button in the middle, this opens the Network Connection Details (properties) box – you will have a separate MAC address for your wireless card your Ethernet (LAN) card and Virtual WiFi MiniPort adapter (if you have one)
  • Your MAC address appears as the Physical Address near the top, formatted similar to 00:11:22:AA:66:DD

Vista

  • Click the Start icon
  • Click Control Panel
  • Select Classic View
  • Click Network and Sharing Center
  • Select Manage Network Connections from the list on the left hand side
  • Right-click on the connection you for which you need the MAC address and select Properties – you will have a separate MAC address for your wireless card and your Ethernet (LAN) card
  • Hover your mouse over the text box below ‘Connect using’. Your MAC address appears in the tooltip formatted similar to 00:11:22:AA:66:DD

Windows XP
The host name is your computer’s name

  • Click the Start icon
  • Click Control Panel
  • Select Classic View
  • Click Network Connections
  • Right-click on the connection you for which you need the MAC address and select Properties – you will have a separate MAC address for your wireless card and your Ethernet (LAN) card
  • Hover your mouse over the text box below ‘Connect using’. Your MAC address appears in the tooltip formatted similar to 00:11:22:AA:66:DD

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.

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One thought on “How-to: Find MAC Address on Windows

  1. This was a really good post.

    Posted by Stephen Rosen | January 8, 2013, 4:00 am

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