The media access control address or mac address of a device is assigned to its network adapter to identify this device during network communication. Just like internet protocol address or IP address, mac address is also used to uniquely identify your device across the network. The major difference between mac address and an IP address is that mac address is used at the data link layer whereas IP address is used at the network layer. Moreover, the mac address remains the same throughout the lifetime of your device. In this article, we will explain to you some methods through which you can find the mac address of your device very easily.
Two Ways of Finding MAC Address in Windows 10
For finding the mac address of your device in Windows 10, you can make use of any of the two methods listed below:
Method # 1: Use the command prompt
You can find the mac address of your device by making use of the command prompt. For doing this, you need to proceed as follows:
Type cmd in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search results to launch the command prompt. The newly opened command prompt window is shown in the image below:
Now type the command:
in the command prompt and then press enter. This command is shown in the following image:
As soon as you will press enter, some information will be displayed on your command prompt. Here you can locate your mac address written in front of the Physical Address field. The physical address fields and the mac addresses are shown in the image below:
In the image shown above, the highlighted mac addresses correspond to the following four devices respectively: Ethernet adapter Ethernet, wireless LAN adapter local area connector * 2, wireless LAN adapter local area connector * 4, wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi. The number of devices will depend upon that how much devices you have connected currently with your system.
Method # 2: Use the Windows Control Panel to find MAC address
The second method of finding the mac address of your device is through the control panel. For doing this, you need to proceed as follows:
Type control panel in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search results to launch the control panel window. The newly opened control panel screen is shown in the image below:
From the window shown above, click on Network and Internet. The interface will change as follows:
Now click on the Network and Sharing Center. The interface of Network and Sharing Center is shown in the image below:
Now left click on your Wi-Fi as shown in the image below:
As soon as you will click on it, a Wi-Fi status window will pop up which is shown in the image below:
Now click on the Details button. The details shown in the image below will appear on your screen.
Here you can locate your mac address corresponding to the Physical Address field. It is highlighted in the following image:
In this way, you can find the mac address of any of the devices that are connected to your system. Once you know the mac addresses of all the devices, you can easily enable a safe and secure network communication over the data link layer.