How to Determine Your MAC Address(es)
MAC is short for Media Access Control.
The MAC address is the hardware address of your network card. It will consist of 12 characters including numbers in the range 0-9 and usually some letters in the range A-F. It may have a dash or a colon between each pair of characters. An example would look like one of these:
It may be called the MAC address, Ethernet ID or Physical Address.
- Open the Start screen
- In Windows 8, press the Windows Start key
- In Windows 7 or Windows XP, click on the Start menu and select Run
- In Windows Vista, click on the Start menu and Start Search
- Type cmd and press Enter to launch the command prompt. A black command prompt window will open.
- Type ipconfig/all and press Enter
- The MAC addresses will be listed under Wireless Network Connection and under Local
Area connection as the Physical Address. Be sure to enter both on the form.
- You can copy the Physical Address from the command prompt by right-clicking in the
command prompt and clicking Mark.
- Select the text you want to copy with the mouse and press the Enter key to copy it. You should now be able to paste the text in the appropriate field in the form (MAC1 or MAC2).
- Click System Preferences on the Dock
- Click Network
- With Ethernet selected, click the Advanced button
- Choose the Hardware tab (far right) and record the MAC address for your Ethernet connection.
- Repeat the process with Wireless selected in the Network window for your wireless adapter's MAC address.