Network data transfer is a complex process that entirely depends on many small but very significant details. Each computer for sending and receiving data must have a unique identifier in order not to “get lost” on the Internet. In this case, the IP address is not helping as one same IP can be given to a network or group of computers. That is why MAC address was introduced – to uniquely identify equipment that is interacting with the Internet. It is unique to each set of network equipment, and the MAC addresses issuance is controlled by a single coordinating committee. For some tasks, you may need to know the MAC address of your computer, and this can be done in several ways, which will be discussed below.
Table of contents: 1. How to find mac address of the router or network card through the system menu 2. How to find mac address through the command line - First method - Second method
How to find mac address of the router or network card through the system menu
The Windows operating system has a useful “System Information” menu that allows you to find out various data on your PC. In particular, through this menu you can find out what is the Windows bit width, information about connected equipment, installed system drivers and many other parameters of your computer and operating system. Also, referring to the “System Information” menu, any user can find out the MAC address of any network adapters, cards or routers connected to the PC.
To find MAC address of the computer’s network equipment, you must perform the following steps:
- Press Windows + R keyboard shortcut to bring up the “Run” line. In this line you need to write the msinfo32 command. This will allows you to access the “System Information” menu.
- Next, select “Components” – “Network” – “Adapter”.
- In this subsection you should be able to find information about all network devices that are currently interacting with your computer. In particular there will be information about the MAC addresses of your equipment.
This method is distinguished by its simplicity and clarity. In addition to the MAC address of your PC component, it allows you to find the IP address of the network, as well as identify the drivers that are responsible for the proper operation of this or that equipment.
How to find mac address through the command line
Command line is multifunctional, and it allows you to get information on almost any system data of your computer and its operating system. To find the necessary information via command line, you need to enter a specific command. Below we will describe for you two methods that will allow finding the computer’s MAC address via the command line. For those who do not know or have forgotten, we would like to remind that you can call up the command line in Windows as follows: press the Windows + R combination on the keyboard, then in the “Run” window type the cmd command, and the command line will appear on the screen.
In the command line, you need to type the command that calls information about network connections of your computer: ipconfig / all. Please note that there is a space after the word ipconfig – this is important, because if you write everything altogether, this command will not work. After the command is written, press Enter, and information about all network data of your computer and all connected equipment will be displayed in just few seconds. Specifically, the MAC address information is contained in the “Physical Address” menu item.
Another command that allows you to get information about the MAC addresses of any computer via command line is getmac / v / fo list. Type it in the command line and press Enter to view information about all network devices of a particular PC. This command is good because it displays only the MAC addresses and the name of the data transport; it does not allow receiving any more network information.