In this article you can find step by step instructions from G5Zone™ for finding the MAC addresses on Windows.

Looking for your MAC address on a Windows PC or laptop?

You might find it tricky to find a mac address for your Windows device. Don’t worry we can help! Finding the MAC address on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7 isn’t too hard. We have posted some step by step instructions below to help you but first it is useful to know what a MAC address is.

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What is a MAC address?

The media access control address (MAC) address is a unique address assigned to your PC, laptop or other Windows device. WiFi networks use your mac address to know where to send the internet traffic you have requested, just like how a postie knows to send letters to your home.  MAC addresses are very useful when troubleshooting any issue your device may be having with a G5Zone WiFi connection. Our engineers can use this address to locate your device on any G5Zone network and look at detailed logs for its connection attempts. 

Before you can use a G5Zone™ WiFi network you have to accept our terms and conditions. This is because having your permission to see your mac address is part of the legal compliance related to all public WiFi networks in the UK. If you’d like to know more about what information can be found about your device when it uses a G5Zone WiFi network then take a look at our Terms and Conditions.

How to find the MAC address for a Windows device

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All Windows PC’s

To find the MAC address on Windows PC:

On a Windows PC, Click Start > Type: CMD. At the command prompt, Type: ipconfig/all then hit Enter.

There might be several adapters displayed. You are looking for the the one labelled Wireless LAN adapter WiFi. The ‘Physical Address’ is your MAC address.

This method should work on most versions of Windows.

The mac address can also be found by going to control panel and Open the Network and Internet category, network sharing centre, change adapter settings, double click the wireless connection, then click details, the mac address will be listed as the physical address. Accessing the network and sharing centre varies between windows version and more detailed instructions are below for different windows versions.

Windows 7

To find the MAC address on Windows 7:

  • Click the Start icon
  • Click Control Panel
  • Select Network and Internet
  • Click Network and Sharing Center
  • Select Change Adapter Settings from the list on the left hand side
  • Right click on the connection you are trying to find the MAC address for and select Properties.
    You will have a separate icon for your wireless card; your Ethernet
    (LAN) card and your Virtual WiFi MiniPort adapter (if you have one),
    each with their own MAC address. Make sure you select the correct one.
  • Hover your mouse over the text box underneath connect using. Your MAC address will appear in the tooltip and is made up of 12 characters e.g. 00:11:22:AA:66:DD

Windows 8/8.1

To find the MAC address on Windows 8 or 8.1:

  • On the Start screen, type Network and Sharing
  • Under the search box, select Settings
  • Click Network and Sharing Center
  • Select Change Adapter Settings from the list on the left hand side
  • Right click on the connection you are trying to find the MAC address for and select Properties.
    You will have a separate icon for your wireless card; your Ethernet
    (LAN) card and your Virtual WiFi MiniPort adapter (if you have one),
    each with their own MAC address. Make sure you select the correct one.
  • Hover your mouse over the text box underneath connect using. Your MAC
    address will appear in the tooltip and is made up of 12 characters e.g.
    00:11:22:AA:66:DD

Windows 10

How do you find MAC address on Windows 10?

  • Right click the Start icon
  • Select Network Connections
  • Select Properties
  • The MAC address is given in the Physical Address line and is made up of 12 characters e.g. 00:11:22:AA:66:DD

Find your Network MAC address on a Linux System

To find a MAC address on Linux:

Linux users can open Settings > Network > Wired, which will reveal the Hardware Address.

Or type “ifconfig -a” in the terminal and the mac address will be shown in this format 00:08:C7:1B:8C:02

Can’t find your device listed?

Take a look at our mac address page to find instructions on how to locate your mac address on other devices.



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