Anyone who has tried to control computer access to a particular network must have certainly encountered with the so-called MAC address. While many people simply ignore its existence, it is possible that you will need this alphanumeric code for any reason and at any time, you'd have to know where to find it if you want to connect to the internet. The acronym of MAC refers precisely to the code of media access control and is not an exclusivity of PCs, as smartphones, tablets and even video games devices have this identification code. In single word, MAC Address is the unique identification code for your device. As stated, the main use of the MAC address is the management of a network of participants. For example, you can define which protocols are supported in a router, preventing unwanted connection theft. Today we are going to show you how to get MAC Address of your Windows OS easily. Check after the fold for full tutorial.
Checking MAC Address Via Network and Sharing Center
- Click the internet connection icon next to the clock of task bar. Note that the icon may vary depending on your connectivity. Click on Open Network and Sharing Center then.
- In the new window, select the Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection.
- A pop-up window will appear showing connection status. Click on Details.
- The next window will show detailed info of your connection. The MAC can be found in the Physical Address field.
Checking MAC Address Via Windows Command Prompt
If you find the first way a bit complicated then try the get MAC Address via Command Prompt. It’s way more easier.
- Click on Start Icon and then click Run to open run window. Alternately, use Windows + R hotkey.
- Type cmd in the field and press Enter to open Command Prompt.
- The command prompt will appear. Type getmac and press Enter.
- Now wait for a few seconds until the Physical Addresses are listed.