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Wireless Address

Vista/WinXP/2000
MAC OS X

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Vista/WinXP/2000

Windows PC - "MAC Address" Information

The MAC address, short for Media Access Control address, is a number in hexadecimal format that uniquely identifies every machine on a network.

Finding your wireless Mac Address

This assumes that you already installed a wireless card. If you do not already own a wireless card you must purchase one and install it before trying to find your MAC address.

Finding your MAC address:

  1. Bring up the Start menu and then click on the "Run..." icon.
  2. In the new window that pops up, type "cmd" without the quotation marks, as shown below, and then click OK.
  3. You should now see what is called the command-line interface. In this new window, type "ipconfig /all" without the quotation marks as in the circled area below. Note the line that says "Physical Address . . . :" and then has a string of 6 groups of 2 characters seperated by dashes. Those 12 characters are your MAC address. It is important to get the MAC address from the section associated with your wireless ethernet adapter and not another adapter.

    In this example, the MAC address is 000000000000. Your MAC address will be different.

MAC OS X

Macintosh - "MAC Address" Information

The MAC address, short for Media Access Control address, is a number in hexadecimal format that uniquely identifies every machine on a network.

Finding your MAC address:

  1. Go to your Applications folder by clicking on the Applications icon at the top of a new window (1). Then go into the Utilities folder (2). Then run the Network Utility application (3).
  2. Inside the Network Utility application, select your wireless ethernet adapter from the drop-down menu(1). You can make sure that you have the right adapter selected when you see your wireless adapter in the underlined region(2). It should mention of 802.11 or wireless. Your MAC address is in the underlined region(3) next to "Hardware Address".

    In this example, the MAC address of this computer is 000000000000. Yours will be different.