What is a MAC address?
A MAC (Media Access Control) address is a 12-digit string of hexadecimal characters (1-9, a-f) used to uniquely identify your network adapter. The MAC is sometimes also called an "Ethernet Hardware Address", "Hardware Address" or "Adapter Address". A typical MAC address looks something like this: 11:22:33:aa:bb:cc
Note: many devices have two unique MAC addresses, one for wired connections and one for Wi-Fi connections; make sure you select the appropriate one for your situation. They should be clearly differentiated (On Windows computers the wired is usually listed as "Ethernet" while the Wi-Fi is "Wireless" or "Wireless LAN").
How to find your MAC address
- Check your printer manual. This is the easiest and fastest way to find the printer's MAC address.
- Print out a configuration page. Sometimes the test page and the configuration page are the same. Print them from the printer front panel or from the computer. The front panel of the printer will likely have a configuration or tool button. Press it and scroll using the arrow keys to "Print Test Page." Select "OK." To print from the computer, navigate to and right-click the printer. Select "Properties" and choose "Print Test Page." Locate the MAC address for the printer on the configuration page. It is 12 digits and can be alternatively labeled the "physical address."
- Look on the back of the printer. Your printer will have a permanent label with the MAC address printed on it.
- Click Start > Run
- Type in cmd and click OK
- A DOS window will appear. Type ipconfig /all and press Enter
- Each network adapter in your computer will be listed (unindented) followed by several indented lines of information specific to that adapter. Find the adapter that you are interested in and look for the line labelled "Physical Address" - the MAC address will be listed there.
Mac OS X
- Open System Preferences
- Click “Network”
- In the bottom-right corner, click “Advanced…”
- If connected through wireless, click on the “Airport” tab.
- MAC address is listed as either “Airport ID” or “Ethernet ID.”
- Tap Settings
- Select General.
- Select About.
- The Mac address is listed as Wi-Fi Address.
Grandstream VOIP Gateway
Note: If you are registering a Grandstream VOIP gateway that you purchased from Technology Services, please note that in addition to the MAC address listed on the device, there is a second MAC that must also be registered. This second MAC address is one digit higher than the listed MAC, so if the listed MAC is 00:11:22:33:44:55 then you'll also need to register 00:11:22:33:44:56 for the VOIP box to work properly.
- On the Home Screen, press the Menu button.
- Then go the Settings page.
- Use the Kindle’s 5-way controller to underline “Setting” and press. You will see multiple pages of personalization settings to customize your Kindle experience
- Look for Device Info to get your Kindle’s Wi-Fi Mac address.
- Go to the Kindle Fire’s home screen.
- Go to the upper-right corner and select the Settings icon.
- Select More.
- Towards the bottom of the screen, select Device.
- Go to the Wi-Fi MAC Address section and you will see the device’s wireless MAC Address.
- Tap on Settings.
- Tap on Device Info.
- Tap on "About your Nook"
- The Wi-Fi MAC address is the MAC address you are searching for.
Microsoft XBox (original)
- From the XBox Dashboard, select Settings
- On the Settings screen, select Network Settings
- The 12-digit ethernet (MAC) address will be shown in the lower right corner of the screen.
Microsoft XBox 360 (pre-NXE Dashboard)
- From the XBox Dashboard, select System > Network Settings.
- Click Edit Settings and select the Additional Settings tab.
- Click on Advanced Settings
- The MAC address should be displayed in the bottom left corner of the screen
Microsoft XBox 360 (NXE Dashboard)
- Go to the System area of the XBox Dashboard.
- Scroll right and select System Settings
- Select Network Settings.
- Select Configure Network.
- Click the Additional Settings tab and select Advanced Settings.
- The MAC address should be displayed next to the label Wired MAC Address near the bottom of the screen.
- Start your PS2 and load a Network Adapter Startup Disc.
- Select ISP Setup on the main page.
- Select Agree.
- Select Local Area Network (LAN).
- Select Automatic Configuration.
- At the connection test screen, select Advanced. The MAC address should be listed at the bottom of the screen.
- Select Settings on the Cross Media Bar at the top of the screen.
- Select System Settings.
- Select System Information. The MAC address should be the first item listed on the screen.
Note: Wii owners should read this article first.
- From the Wii Channel menu select the Wii button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
- Select Wii Settings.
- Scroll to Wii System Settings 2 and select Internet.
- Select Console Information.
- The wireless MAC address should be listed under "MAC Address" and the wired MAC address should be listed under "LAN Adapter MAC Address".
- Navigate to "System Settings";
- Then navigate to "System Information," which is where the MAC address is listed.
Sony PS Vita
- On the PS Vita’s Home screen, go to Settings.
- Once in Settings, go to System.
- In System, go to System Information.
- Your Wi-Fi MAC address will be listed here.