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If you are an internet power user, you have probably about IP addresses and have a general idea of how they work. If you do not know much about IP addresses, we recommend you read our blog about types of IP addresses before coming back here, as they are the backbone of networking.
While IP addresses are most commonly the main way a router or switch identifies each device connected to a network, it is not the only way to do so. When managing a large network with many subnets, sometimes it is easier to identify individual devices via their MAC address. Today, we will delve into MAC addressing and show you how to find the MAC address on your Windows device.
What is a MAC Address?
A MAC (i.e. Media Access Control) address is a unique identifier assigned to a network interface controller (i.e. NIC) for use as a network address in communication within a network segment. Within the OSI network model, it is used in the data link layer. Typically, a MAC address consists of six groups of two hexadecimal digits separated by either hyphens or colons, or not separated at all. They are also primarily assigned by the manufacturer and thus are often called hardware addresses or physical addresses.
How to Find MAC Address on Windows?
Just follow these simple steps and find the MAC address within less than a minute.
Step 1: Press Windows Key and R at the same time on your keyboard. This will open the run box. Alternatively, could also type in Run into the Windows Search bar.
Step 2: Type cmd into the Run box and press the Enter.
Step 3: In the newly opened command prompt window, type in
ipconfig -all and press the Enter key.
The Result: Your results should look something like this. The MAC addresses of all the network adapters will be listed in the Physical Address.
Please note that all the network adapters on your machine have a different MAC address. The one you are using to connect to the internet right now will also have an IP address listed in it.
We hope that this article helped you learn more about MAC addresses and that by following the simple 3-step tutorial you were able to determine the MAC address of your Windows system. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section down below.