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Locating MAC Address on a Windows Computer

Step-by-step instructions on how to locate the Media Access Controller (Mac) address on a Windows PC.

The Media Access Controller (MAC) address is a 12-digit hexadecimal device identifier that is unique to each and every device. It can also be referred to as a device’s physical address or a Wi-Fi address. Laptops have both a wired and wireless MAC address, so it is important to make sure that you are using the correct one.

  1. Press ÿ+R to launch the Run dialogue box.
  2. In the "Open:" text entry field, enter "cmd" to launch the Command Prompt
    Run

Using getmacUsing ipconfig
Using getmac is the easiest method to get a Windows device's MAC address. To use getmac follow these steps:
  1. In the Command Prompt window, type "getmac /v" to run getmac with verbose logging enabled
  2. This will return the name of the computer's network adapters and their corresponding MAC addresses
    getmac
Alternatively, you can use ipconfig to get the device's MAC address. This method is more complex as it returns a lot of additional information that you may not need. Proceed with caution. To use ipconfig follow these steps:
  1. In the Command Prompt window, type "ipconfig /all" to run ipconfig and return values for all collection variables
  2. The MAC address will appear under the "Physical Address" property of each network adapter
    ipconfig

Note: Desktops will usually have only one MAC Address. However, laptops and desktops with wireless cards installed will have two or more MAC addresses – at least one for the Ethernet adaptor, and at least one for the wireless adaptor. In those cases, UW Housing will require ALL addresses to ensure your system works properly on our network.




Keywords:"MAC Address", "Windows 7", "Windows 8.1", "Windows 10", "Command Prompt", getmac, ipconfig, physical address, wifi address, wi-fi, media access controller, MAC   Doc ID:62504
Owner:Mike C.Group:UW Housing
Created:2016-04-05 15:21 CDTUpdated:2020-03-30 07:57 CDT
Sites:UW Housing
CleanURL:https://kb.wisc.edu/housing/locating-mac-address-on-a-windows-computer
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