Ever needed to located your Macâ€™s MAC address to join a wireless network? I know I have, the graduate school I attend requires that I register the MAC addresses of all the devices I want to add to their wireless network. If you find yourself in a situation similar to this or want to locate your MAC address for other reasons, but donâ€™t know how. Follow the instructions below to locate the MAC address on your Mac.
Don’t know what a MAC address is?
InÂ computer networking, aÂ Media Access Control addressÂ (MAC address) is aÂ unique identifier assigned to mostÂ network adapters or network interface cards (NICs) by the manufacturer for identification, and used in theÂ Media Access Control protocol sub-layer. If assigned by the manufacturer, a MAC address usually encodes the manufacturer’s registered identification number. It may also be known as anÂ Ethernet Hardware AddressÂ (EHA),Â hardware address,Â adapter address, orÂ physical address. -Â ViaÂ Wikipedia
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Note: I used Mac OS X (10.6.2) on AirPort connection for this tutorial.
1. Click on the Settings shortcut located on the Dock.
2. Click on Network under Internet & Wireless.
3. Click on the network adapter whose MAC address you are attempting to discover.
4. Click on the Advanced button.
5. Make sure that you are on the first tab.
6. You will find your network deviceâ€™s MAC address listed as â€œdeviceâ€ ID: XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
Skip the Settings Shortcut
If you want to jump straight to the Network settings, follow the instructions below.
1. Click on the Network connection icon.
2. When the menu opens, click on Open Network Preferences.
Follow Steps 3-6 Above.