What is a MAC address? MAC address stands for “media access control” address. It’s a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces. Unlike an IP address that can easily be changed, a MAC address is normally assigned by the network interface manufacturer and is used for communications on the physical network segment. It’s also known as the Physical Address.
On a Microsoft Windows machine, pull up the command prompt. On a Windows 7 machine, click on the Windows start icon, go to All Programs, then to Accessories. There you will find Command Prompt.
Once the command prompt opens, type in the following and press Enter.
You will receive something similar to this:
Your MAC or Physical Address looks like this:
On other devices such as mobile phones, iPads, and Kindles, the IP Address may appear in a similar format such as this:
There are many reasons why you might need to know your MAC address or at least know how to find it. I’ll cover a couple of those reasons in another post.