How do I find my devices MAC address? (Windows 7/8)

Question

I have been asked to find the MAC address of my Windows 7 computer for wireless configuration. Where do I look to find it, and what's a MAC address, anyway?

Solution

The Media Access Control address (MAC address; no relation to Apple or Macintosh computers) is a unique identifier for computing devices on a network. A MAC address is somewhat like a serial number.

Every device that has an Internet connection must have a unique MAC Address. Modern computers will have two MAC Addresses: one wireless local area network (Wireless LAN) adapter and one Ethernet adapter.

MAC address is synonymous with Ethernet Hardware Address, Hardware Address, Physical Address, and Burned-in Address.

Here is the step-by-step for finding your MAC address on Windows 7.

1. Open the Start Menu and select Run...

Open your windows menu from the bottom left button on your device. Select Run... listed in the right column underneath "Documents" and "Control Panel"

2. When the Run Window opens, type in CMD and click OK. This will open a Command Prompt window with administrative privileges.

Type "cmd" in the window that follows (without quotes) and it will open a command prompt window.

3. In the Command Prompt, execute the command ipconfig with the all flag by typing "ipconfig /all" and pressing enter. This command will print all information about the Internet Protocol Configuration, including the Physical Address (MAC Address) of each device which is actively connected to the network. If the connection coming into the computer is over Ethernet, look for "Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection" and the associated Physical Address beneath it. If the connection is Wireless, look for "Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection" and the associated Physical Address beneath it.

In the new window that opens up type, "ipconfig /all" (without quotes) and it will display a large amount of information. Find physical address and at the end of that after teh colon is the mac-address you are looking for.

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Article ID: 41628
Created
Mon 10/30/17 12:36 PM
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