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    How to find MAC address Windows

    Now that you have well understood the usefulness of the MAC address, the time has come to get to the heart of this guide and to understand, in practice, how to go back to this address, starting with devices equipped with an operating system Windows. There are at least four different methods to obtain the information of your interest: via the panel Settings Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, through the Control Panel classic and through the Command Prompt. Below I illustrate them all.

    Windows 10 settings

    To trace the MAC address through the settings of Windows 10, do the following: open the menu Home by clicking on the icon in the shape of pennant located in the lower left corner of the screen, presses the ⚙ button located in its sidebar and then click on the item Network and Internet.

    At this point, select the type of card you are interested in (Wi-Fi o Ethernet) from the sidebar, click on network name you are currently connected to and scroll down to the next window until you find the wording Physical address (MAC).

    Windows 8.1 settings

    To access the settings on Windows 8.1, you have to follow a slightly different procedure: first, press the key combination Win + I to open the appropriate quick access bar and, once done, click on the item Change PC settings placed in the lower part of the same.

    At this point, clicca sulla voce Network located on the left and then on the icon relating to the currently active connection (eg. Network): you will find the information you are looking for in the section Physical address of the next screen.

    Control Panel

    It was used Windows 7 (or if the solutions described above were not useful to you), you can retrieve the physical address of the network cards directly from Control Panel. So, first of all, start the latter by recalling it from the menu Home (if necessary, you can type the name of the program in the search field), click on the item Rete and Internet and then on the voice network and sharing center.

    Once this is done, click on the item Modify impostazioni scheda located on the left sidebar, right-click on the icon for the network card whose address you want to retrieve and select the item State… from the proposed menu. Finally, press the button Dettagli ...: the information you are looking for is specified next to the wording Physical address.

    Command Prompt

    How do you say? Were you unable to retrieve the MAC address of your network card with any of the above methods, as it is not connected to the Internet? Don't worry, you can find the information using the Command Prompt of Windows.

    To begin with, start the aforementioned program by calling it from the folder Windows Accessories / Accessories placed in Start menu and, once opened, type the command inside ipconfig / all, I follow the pressure of the tasto Submit.

    In this way, the technical details of the network devices installed in the computer will be displayed, including the MAC address: the latter, in particular, is specified in correspondence with the value Physical address placed under the name of the card it belongs to (eg. Ethernet card [cardName] for the wired network card, e Wireless LAN card [cardName] for the wireless card).

    How to find macOS MAC address

    Exactly as already seen with Windows, it is possible to retrieve the physical address of the network cards installed on MacOS (both Ethernet and Wi-Fi) and via the System preference that through the terminal, without installing anything.

    System preference

    To proceed from System preference, click on the icon in the shape of gear annessa there Dock bar, then presses the icon Network and, using the sidebar located in the window that opens on the screen, select the network card (eg. Ethernet) whose physical address you intend to retrieve.

    At this point, click on the button Go ahead ... which appears at the bottom right and, when you reach the next screen, select the card Hardware: the physical address of the card is specified next to the wording MAC address.


    Alternatively, you can also trace the MAC address of the Mac network cards via command line: to do this, start the terminal calling it from the folder Other of Launchpad (l'icona a forma di rocket placed in Dock bar) and type in the command ifconfig, I follow the pressure of the tasto Submit.

    Pay close attention to the returned output: if you are looking for the MAC address of the Ethernet card (i.e. the one with cable), you must write down the address corresponding to the wording ether, placed in the section en0; if, on the other hand, you are looking for the physical address of the Wi-Fi card, write down the same information, but taking it from the section en1.

    How to find Android MAC address

    You need to retrieve the physical address associated with your device's Wi-Fi card Android? Nothing could be simpler: you will not need to use particular apps or to intervene on delicate parts of the operating system, as the information you requested is naturally present in the device information screen.

    Reaching it is really very easy: first, unlock your device and press the icon Settings (the one identified by the symbol ofgear) placed in the drawer. If you are using Android 8.0 or successivi, tap on the item System and access the section Phone Information / Device Information by touching the homonymous item located in the screen shown below; if, on the other hand, you are on an older version of Android, scroll down the settings screen and tap the item About phone / About phone / About device, which should be last on the list.

    Finally, all you have to do is press on the section State and look for the voice Wi-Fi MAC address: the information you are looking for is specified immediately under this heading. On some versions of Android, you can immediately copy the MAC address to the clipboard (and then paste it where necessary) by making a long tap on it.

    How to find iPhone MAC address

    It might seem strange to you, but the procedure for find MAC address su iPhone it's even simpler than the one seen just now for Android! Do not you believe it? I'll show you immediately.

    To get the physical address of the Wi-Fi card installed in your "iPhone by", all you have to do is go to the Settings of iOS (by touching the icon in the shape of gear located on the Home screen of the device) and then touch the items Generali e Info.

    The sequence you are looking for is specified in correspondence with the wording Wi-Fi address. If you need to copy it, make a long tap on the address and press the "comic" Copy that appears on the screen. It wasn't difficult at all, was it? The same instructions also apply to iPad.

    How to find PS4 MAC address

    You need to trace the physical address of yours PlayStation 4? Nothing simpler! First, turn on the console, wait for it to start and press the button Settings (the icon of toolbox located at the top right) to access the appropriate section of the operating system, helping you with the controller.

    Once this is done, access the sections System e System Information: In this screen you can view various information about your PlayStation 4, including its MAC address. Alternatively, you can get the same result from the section Settings> Network> View Connection Status: the physical addresses associated with the console are specified next to the labels MAC address (LAN network cable), for the wired network card, and MAC address (Wi-Fi) for the wireless network card.

    How to find printer MAC address

    If you need to retrieve the MAC address of your printer, then this is the section of the tutorial that suits you best. Let me start by telling you that I am not aware of the brand and model of the printer in your possession, therefore I am not able to indicate the precise procedure that best suits your case.

    Basically, all you have to do is get yourself into the section settings o configuration through the display of the printer itself, enter the network settings and select the option to view the connection information: with a bit of luck, you should be able to retrieve the physical address.

    If the latter option is not present, still from the device settings, you can, instead, access the section information and request the printing of the configuration report of the device, in which the relative MAC address should also be specified.

    If this is not successful, you can retrieve the MAC address of your printer through the Windows or macOS settings.

    • Windows - log in to Control Panel calling it up from the menu Home, presses on the voice Devices and printers, right click on the printer you want to get the physical address of and select the item Property from the proposed menu. At this point, move to the tab Web Services: the address you are looking for is indicated right there.
    • MacOS - access the System preference by clicking on the gear icon located in the Dock bar, click on the item Printers and scanners and choose the printer of your interest from the left side of the new window displayed. At this point, press on the buttons Options and supplies Show printer web page ... and, through the browser page that opens, go to the section Network (o Network, depending on your printer model): the physical address of the printer should be specified right there.

    If none of the above methods are successful, you can retrieve the MAC address of the printer directly from the router, following the instructions that I am going to explain later in this guide.

    How to find MAC address modem

    Although it may seem complex, finding the MAC address of the modem is one of the simplest operations ever: in most cases, this address is clearly indicated on the adhesive label present on the back of the device or in its lower part, accompanied by the words MAC address, Physical address o device address.

    Alternatively, you can view the same information from the summary page of the modem management panel: first, access it by typing theIP address of the modem (usually or in the browser address bar and specifying, when necessary, username and password (usually admin / admin admin / password, if you have not changed the default access combination). If you have any difficulties at this stage, consult without hesitation my tutorial on how to enter the router, which I made especially for you.

    If you are lucky, you should find the physical address of the device on the first page that appears. Otherwise, you can retrieve it from one of the summary sections of the management window which, depending on the modem you are using, may respond to the name of Information, Device, Summary, Status, Overview or again, Hardware details. For further information, I invite you to consult the user manual of the router in your possession.

    How to find MAC address on other devices

    As I have already explained to you in the opening words of this guide, any network card (be it with cable, Wi-Fi or even Bluetooth) has a unique MAC address with which it can be "physically" identified: consequently, all devices that can be connected to the Internet (televisions, Smart plugs, Smart appliances and so on) have a MAC address.

    However, it is not always possible to find them by accessing the relevant settings, since some of them (such as smart sockets, USB Wi-Fi keys or other types of connected elements) do not have a display at all: in this case, the MAC address can be retrieved both from the label usually pasted on the back of the device itself, and from the label on the sales package or in the instruction manual. This information, in most cases, is identified by the wording MAC address, Wi-Fi MAC, Network Physical address or simply, Physical address.

    If you are not able to retrieve the network address of the device in your possession, you can solve the problem in the following way: first, connect the device to your Wi-Fi network, then enter the management panel of the router through any browser (if you do not know how to do it, follow the instructions I indicated in my tutorial dedicated to the topic) and, once this is done, go to the section Connected devices, Wi-Fi > Dispositivi, Connected Devices or similar.

    At this point, identify the name of the connected device whose MAC address you intend to take (if you are interested in that of a USB Wi-Fi key, for example, you must search for the name of the computer to which it is connected) and click on the freccetta verse il basso (or on the keys Info, Information or details) to view its details: in this way, you should be able to retrieve the information that interests you.

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