Il MAC Address (acronym for Media Access Control) is a 12-digit address that is used to uniquely identify each network card in the PC. It is also said physical address o Ethernet / LAN address and - contrary to what one might think - it is not something that concerns only Macs, Apple computers. Knowing it can be useful in several circumstances: if you want to create a protected network in which only PCs with a specific MAC address can enter, if you need to configure advanced software for the network, etc. In such situations you will almost certainly need to know the identification code of the network card present in your or other PC. But how do you find MAC Address PC? Well, simple ... by following the directions I am about to give you!
With today's guide I will in fact show you, step by step, what to do to be able to find the MAC Address of computers with Windows installed but also how to proceed in the case of Macs. Before you can get scared and think about the worst I want to let you know right away that contrary to appearances, finding MAC Address PC is actually not complicated. It is in fact a procedure that can be carried out without problems not only by the most experienced users in terms of computer science but also by those who - a bit like you - are beginners, you have my word.
Having made this necessary clarification, if you are therefore actually interested in finding out how to find MAC Address PC I suggest you take about ten minutes of free time or a little more, to settle in front of your computer and concentrate on reading this tutorial. . I am sure that in the end you will be able to find the physical address of your multimedia station without any problems and that you will also be ready to say loudly that finding MAC Address PC was actually a real breeze. Let it bet?
Find MAC Address PC - Windows
If you use a computer with Windows installed and you are interested in understanding how to find MAC Address, know that you can succeed "in the enterprise" in various ways: using the Command Prompt, by accessing the network settings or by accessing the computer settings. Don't worry, in all three cases I will explain - step by step - how to proceed.
If you are interested in understanding how to find MAC Address PC using the Command Prompt, the first step you need to take is to press the button Start on the taskbar, type cmd in the search field that is shown to you and click on the first result in the list. If you are using Windows XP, you can access the Command Prompt by clicking the button Start attached to the taskbar, by pressing on All programs and clicking on the item Command Prompt take in the folder Accessories.
In the window that opens, type the command ipconfig / all and press the button Submit. Once this is done, a list of all network devices present in the computer will appear with their technical details, including the MAC address. If you use a notebook or a PC with Wi-Fi support you will have two MAC addresses: one of the Ethernet network card and one of the Wireless network card.
The MAC address of the network card is that alphanumeric code of 12 characters that you find in correspondence with the value Physical address under the name of the tab it belongs to: Ethernet card Local area connection (LAN) for the Ethernet card e Wireless LAN card Wireless network connection for the Wireless card.
Alternatively, you can find the PC's MAC Address by clicking on the button Start (l'icona della bandierina collocata nell'angolo in basso a sinistra dello schermo), close Panel of control in the menu that opens and select the first occurrence from the search results.
In the Windows Classic Control Panel, go to Rete and Internet and then on network and sharing center. In the window that opens, select the item Modify impostazioni scheda from the left sidebar, right click on the icon of the network card whose MAC Address you want to know and select the item State from the menu that is shown to you. Then press the button Dettagli ... attached to the new window that will open and you will find the MAC Address of your computer indicated in correspondence with the item Physical address.
If you use a computer with Windows 8 or Windows 10 installed, you can find the MAC Address of the PC by accessing the Settings section of the operating system. Then go to Start, type il finish settings in the search field that is shown to you and click on the icon PC settings present in the search results.
Later, if you are using Windows 8 select the item Network from the left sidebar and click on the icon Network relating to the card whose address you want to know (eg. Ethernet). If you are using Windows 10, click on the item Rete and Internet attached to the window that opened on the desktop and then select the item Ethernet, select the voice Modify scheda opzioni and then click with the right mouse button on the icon of the network card whose address you want to know.
Once this is done, select the item State from the menu that is shown to you and click on the button Dettagli ... attached to the new window that is shown to you. You will find the MAC Address of your computer indicated in correspondence with the item Physical address.
Find MAC Address PC - MacOS
Even on OS X, the operating system of Apple-branded computers, you can find MAC Address PC very easily. All you have to do is go to the System preference, by clicking on the icon attached to Launchpad or in the folder Applications of macOS. You can also access the system preferences of OS X by clicking on the apple-shaped icon located in the upper left part of the menu bar and selecting the item System Preferences .... Then click on the icon Network.
In the window that will now open on the desktop, select a connection icon (eg. wireless) from the sidebar on the left, click the button Go ahead ... present at the bottom right and select the tab Hardware. The MAC Address of the network card is displayed as the first information in the window that appears, corresponding to the item MAC address:.
Find MAC Address on Other Devices As Well
In addition to computers, you are interested in understanding how to find the MAC Address on your smartphone or tablet Android, on your iPhone o iPad or on your mobile phone with it installed Windows Phone? If the answer is "yes" know that even in this case it is a very easy operation to perform.
- If you have an Android smartphone or tablet you can find the MAC Address by accessing the device screen where all the apps are grouped, by pressing the Settings, by accessing the section Wireless and ret and tapping on WiFi settings. Then scroll the screen that is shown to you and locate the item MAC address to view the MAC Address.
- If you have an iPhone or an iPad you can find the MAC Address by accessing the home screen of the device, by tapping on the icon Settings (the one in the shape of a gear wheel), pressing on the item General and selecting Info. In the screen that will be shown to you at this point you will be able to find the MAC Address of your device corresponding to the item Wi-Fi address.
- If you have a Windows Phone smartphone and want to find the MAC Address go to Settings (System), scroll the screen that is shown to you up to Informazioni su e pigia his Further information. You will find the MAC Address at the entry Mac address.