Locate a Hardware (MAC) Address

Step-by-Step

This information is usually found somewhere on the electronic device - usually on the bottom, rear, or on the FCC label. In some cases (i.e. cell phones, Apple TV, Roku, etc.) it may require the user to look in the Settings application at the "About", "General Information" or "Network Settings" of the device.

On a Windows computer, you can find the hardware address by using the Command Prompt window. To do this:

  1. Click Start then Run. In the Open box type cmd and press Enter.
  2. In the command window that appears, type ipconfig /all and press Enter.
  3. The hardware address is found in the "Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection" section in the "Physical Address" field. The hardware (MAC) address will be a string of characters that typically looks something like: 00:9b:01:e1:bb:02 or 00-9b-01-e1-bb-02.  If you are looking for the WiFi MAC Address, look under Wireless Network Connection, not Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection.

Alternatively, for Windows 10:

  1. Click the WiFi icon in the system tray.
  2. Click Network & Internet Settings
  3. Click "View your network properties"
  4. Find the section that pertains to the network adaptor you are looking for the MAC Address of.
  5. The MAC Address is listed in the Physical Address (MAC) field.

 

On a Macintosh computer, you can find the hardware address by:

  1. Under the Apple menu, click About this Mac.
  2. Click the More info button which either opens the Apple System Profiler, or you need to click System Report.
  3. In the System Information window, in the left column, click Network, then to the right under Active Service click Ethernet if you want the ethernet MAC address.  If you want the Wi-Fi MAC address, click Wi-Fi.
  4. In the lower half of the Window you will see the "MAC Address" listed. The hardware (MAC) address will be a string of characters that typically looks something like: 00:9b:01:e1:bb:02 or 00-9b-01-e1-bb-02.

Details

If you have a device that needs to use the wired network and the device does not support a web browser, see https://services.dartmouth.edu/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=64678.

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Article ID: 64916
Created
Tue 10/9/18 12:27 PM
Modified
Tue 11/19/19 9:53 AM