How to find your MAC address

By | August 4, 2014

Don’t worry, we’re still talking about Windows PC’s here.

A MAC address (Media Access Controll address) is an unique number that identifies your network interface card.

A MAC address can be found using the following steps:

1. Go to the ‘Network and Sharing Center’. 
The fastest way to get here is to left-click the system tray icon for your internet, and click ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’.

sytem tray

Alternatively, you can get there by going to the control panel, and then clicking on ‘Network and internet’, and then on ‘Network and sharing center’, or by using the search bar in your start menu.

2. Click on ‘Local area network’.

network-and-sharing-center

This will open the ‘Local Area Connection Status’ dialog box.

 

3. Click ‘Details’.

This will open the ‘Network Connection Details’ dialog box.
Local Area connection status

 

4.  Your MAC address is listed as a ‘Physical Address’. 

Network connection details

Don’t worry about sharing your MAC address with anyone, this is not private information that can be used to cause real harm, other than possibly getting blocked from someone’s network.

Alternative (faster) method using CMD (command prompt)

1. Run the command prompt.

Click your menu button, type ‘cmd’ in your search bar, and press ‘enter’. This will open the command promt.

2. Type ‘getmac’ in the command prompt.

Type ‘getmac’ in the command prompt and press enter. Your MAC address will show up, listed as a ‘Physical Address’.

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