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Checking the computer’s wireless MAC Address

The Media Access Control Address or the MAC Address is a series of 12 hexadecimal characters that serves as a unique identifier for a computer or device that is connected to your network.  This article will show you how to check the MAC Address of your computer.  To learn how to do this, click on your computer’s operating system below: 
 
Checking the Windows
®-based computer’s wireless MAC Address
Checking the Mac® computer’s wireless MAC Address
 
Checking the Windows
®-based computer’s wireless MAC Address

Step 1:
Access the command prompt.  

  • For Windows® 10 - Press the Windows User-added image key on your keyboard to access the Start screen. Type “cmd” or "Command Prompt" in the search field, and then select Command Prompt icon once the search result appears.
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  • For Windows® 8 and 8.1 - Press the Windows  key on your keyboard to access the Start screen.  Type “cmd” or "Command Prompt" in the search field, and then select Command Prompt icon once the search result appears.
QUICK TIP:  You can right-click on the Start  button and select Command Prompt.
 
  • For Windows® 7 / Vista® - Click the Pearl  button > enter “cmd” > press [Enter]
  • For Windows® XP - Click Start > Run > enter “cmd” then click OK
 

 

Step 2:
On the Command Prompt window, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].

 

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Step 3:
Look for the Physical Address section under Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi to view your wireless adapter’s MAC Address.

 

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Checking the Mac® computer’s wireless MAC Address

Step 1:
Click the Apple® icon then select the System Preferences… option.
 

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Step 2:
In the System Preferences window, click Network.

 

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Step 3:
Click the Advanced… button when the Network window appears. 
 
NOTE:  The default Location is Automatic.

 

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Step 4:
Click Hardware in the Network window.  Your computer’s MAC Address should be available.

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You should have successfully checked the wireless MAC Address of your computer.

Keeping your wireless network secure

 
Wireless MAC Filtering is one of the many ways to secure your wireless network from intruders.  Through this process, you will be able to filter users that may connect to the network using their MAC Addresses.  Click on the link below to learn more about wireless MAC filtering
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Enabling Wireless MAC Filter on Linksys Wireless-N routers

 

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