How to discover and switch MAC address on your PC
Media access control address, which is
shorten as MAC address. MAC address is also called physical address. It is your
PC unique hardware representation. It is the like your Ethernet address. When
you are connected to the internet as a host, a comparable IP address is
generated against your device.Media Access Control is the sub layer of Data
link layer; it utilises the MAC address of your device to register it on the
network. Each physical device type possesses different MAC sub layer. All
operating systems have an option to modify MAC address. This article will guide
to find; MAC address of various operating systems and how to alter that address.
Method to find MAC address in
There is a distinct command– “ipconfig” in
latest versions of the window to check MAC address. In old versions of window:
Like 98 and window 99, the command– “winipcfg” was used to discover that
address. Both commands may display different MAC address but one device is
assigned to each single network card. Window O.S may maintain more than one MAC
address against each network card, which is not associated with hardware of the
device. Some VPN clients have their own MAC address. MAC address of these
virtual network cards possess, same length and format as MAC address of computer
Searching MAC address in other
The strategy of finding MAC address in Unix
and Linux O.S depends upon its versions. In some versions of Linux and Unix
O.S, the command “ipconfig” is used just like latest versions of windows. Boot
message sequence can also give information about MAC address. Boot up files are
placed in log files.
Searching Mac address in MAC O.S:
TCP/ IP control panel contains MAC address
in MAC system. The MAC address appears under the “Ethernet icon” if MacTCP is
running on the system. Alternatively, if the open transport is running on the
system the MAC address will be shown under “info” or “user mode/Advanced”.
Altering MAC address in Windows:
Some network cards allow user to set custom
Mac address from their configuration pane in Device manager, while others may
not support this feature.
Open device manager by pressing window + X
button from the keyboard, then click device manager on the power user menu. On
the other hand, you can find device manager option or press window button and
then find device manager option.
Under the network adaptor section, right
click to find the properties of network interface you want to change.
the properties window, from the advanced tab select the “Network Address”.
Enable the value option and start typing
your desired MAC address but keep it in view that MAC address should be typed
without any space in characters.
If you do not find such option then you are
not authorized to change the MAC address in your operating system and that is
Altering MAC address in LINUX O.S:
In Linux, there is a graphical way, which
allows a user to spoof MAC address.
In Ubuntu, click the network icon from the
top panel, click “edit connection”, which you want to modify.
Click edit and enter the new MAC address in
the “Cloned MAC address” and then save your settings.
Change MAC address in MAC:
Now press (Command + Space) to open a
terminal window, type terminal and then press enter to open. Because, MAC as
such does not allow its user to change MAC address.
Type the following command:
“sudo ifconfig eno yy:yy:yy:yy:yy:yy”
Network interface will be generally en or en1
depending on what you desire to config: a MAC’s
Wi-Fi or Ethernet.