The title of this post is not entirely accurate. Your computer doesn’t have a MAC address. A MAC or
Your computer probably has at least one such device in it. That’s why people often shorten things and say that or the other is their computer’s MAC address.
The MAC address or Physical Address, as it is known in Windows, consists of six pairs of hexadecimal characters.
The Control Panel Way
To find out the MAC address of your currently active networking device, go to
Then, in the
And, finally, in the
That’s your currently active networking device’s MAC address.
The Command Line Way
In Command Prompt’s window, type and enter the following command:
getmac /v /fo:list
The output will look something like this:
There are a lot of networking devices installed in my computer and all of them get listed using the
The active connection is the one that doesn’t have a
In this case, it is the
The MAC address is shown in the
Why Would Anyone Need to Know?
Why would anyone need to know a network device’s MAC address?
There are lots of reasons but probably the most common one is setting up your router.
One of the settings in the router that your internet service provider (ISP) gave you is the possibility to list which devices are allowed to connect to the router and, thus, to the internet.
To do this, you need to find out the MAC addresses of all the networking devices that you wish to be able to connect to the internet.
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