MAC (Medium Access Control) address is also known as a physical address and hardware address whose number is uniquely formatted in hexadecimal format. Hardware manufacturer assigns it to network devices (such as Ethernet, Bluetooth, or Wireless card) on a computer network. The hardware manufacturer usually gives the addresses, and these IDs are burned into the firmware of the network access hardware. Because of this process, some vendors use specific formats in the hardware address.
The MAC address is a 12 digit hexadecimal number embedded into the device’s network interface card by manufacturers. Two devices can’t have the same physical address. There are 48-bit long and made up of 12 characters (6 pairs), which are separated by colons or hyphens (e.g., 01:1C:C9:8C:01:87 or 01-1C-C9-8C-01-87).
There may be several reasons for which you may want to find your device’s MAC address. Since MAC is unique for each network device, it can locate stolen appliances or fix a network issue.
How do I Find MAC addresses using Command Prompt in Windows 11?
Command Prompt is the best way to find the MAC address on any Windows operating system, including Windows 11. Using a few steps, you can quickly find the MAC address on any computer. The best part of this is that it lets you see all the MAC addresses connected to your PC, including virtual LAN ports. To view the MAC addresses on Windows 11, you need to perform the following steps:-
Step 1. Press
Step 2. Type the following in the Run box and hit
Step 3. On the prompt, type the following and hit
Once you complete the above steps, scroll down and see the physical address (MAC) of your network devices that are connected to your PC. The above command shows a lot of information, including IP address, gateway, and so on. If you don’t require that much information, you can only view the MAC address. For that, you can use the
The getmac command only shows physical addresses and transport names. If you are confused in figuring out the actual MAC address, you can use the
You can also use the