Hardware & OS
- Windows and Office Activation
- 32-bit vs 64-bit Windows
- New Hires: How to Request a Computer
- Mac OS 10.12 codename Sierra
- Electronic Device Support
- Initial setup for iPads
- Requiring a Password When Resuming from Stand-by Mode (Sleep)
- Determining MAC Addresses for Network Devices
- Student Guide to Technology at Williams
- Purchasing a Computer (Faculty/Staff)
- Computer models for late-2015
- Computer Recycling (Greenup) Program
Networks & Wireless
- PC Networking
- Joining Purple Air
- Mapping a Network Drive (Windows/Mac)
- Wireless Network
- Network Device Registration
- Wireless Application Usage
- Wireless FAQ
- Wireless Glossary
- Working From Off-Campus
- First Days Computing Guide
- Mac Networking
- Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
- Wired Ethernet jacks in Dorm Rooms
- VPN for iOS (iPad, iPhone) and Android Devices
- Proxy Server Set-Up on an iPad
- Wireless Devices in the Residence Halls
- Guest Wireless Access
- Networks / Wireless
- Determining MAC Addresses for Network Devices
A MAC (Media Access Control) address is a number that identifies the network adapter(s) installed on your computer. The address is composed of up to 6 pairs of characters, separated by colons. You may need to provide your MAC address to register on the Williams Network.
To find your MAC address on any system with a network connection, use one of the following methods.
Note: the MAC address is always 12 alphanumerals from 0-9 and A-F.
Androids, Nooks, Kindles
To find the MAC for other devices like Androids,Nooks and Kindles, see the excellent page on Cedarville’s web site:
How to find a MAC address on your device.
Apple Computers (iMac, Mac Book Pro, Mac Air)
- Open System Preferences and select Network
- On the left select Ethernet for wired, select Wi-Fi for wireless
- Click Advanced
- Click Ethernet
- Click the start button (lower left of screen)
- In the search field type: cmd
- This opens a black window. Type: ipconfig /all
- You’ll get a boatload of numbers and letters. Look for the Physical Address listed under “Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection” (wired) and the “Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection” (wireless).
Look in the printer manual as this is the easiest way to find your MAC address. It will probably be located at the end of the manual on a label specific to your printer
Or you can try printing a configuration page
- If there is a configuration or tools button on the front panel of the printer, press that button.
- Using the arrow keys, scroll to the option for printing a test page.
- If there is no button on the front panel, or if you cannot find the test page option, connect the printer to a computer using a USB connection.
- Navigate to the printer.
- Right-click the printer icon > Select “Print a Test Page.”
- Once you have a test page printed, look for MAC address on the page. It may be labeled “Physical Address.”
- Select “Settings” from the home screen.
- Select the “General” option on the left.
- Select the “About” option on the right.
- You will see the MAC address displayed in the field labeled “Wi-Fi Address.”
- Turn on your Xbox console with no game disc in the disc tray.
- From the Xbox Dashboard, choose Xbox Live.
These steps assume you cannot connect to Xbox Live until you finish configuring your Xbox console to use your PC’s MAC address. Therefore, you should receive the following message: “Could not connect to Xbox Live. Do you want to troubleshoot your network connection?”
- From the Connect Status screen, select Settings.
- The 12-digit number at the bottom-right corner of the Network Settings screens is the MAC address of your Xbox console. Do not change your Xbox console MAC address; just write it down so that you can use it later.
- Go to the System area of the XBox Dashboard and select Network Settings .
- Select Edit Settings .
- From Additional Settings, select Advanced Settings .
- At the bottom of this screen you’ll see a heading called Wired MAC Address which is a 12-character alpha numeric sequence.
- Navigate to System Settings
- Then navigate to System Information, which is where the MAC address is listed.
Sony PlayStation 2
- Power up thePlayStation 2 and load the Network Adaptor Startup Disc.
- Once it has loaded, select ISP Setup and press X.
- The ISP SETUP will begin to load… Agree to license agreement.
- Once the setup process has loaded, press X to continue.
- After the network adaptor has been found, press X to continue.
- Press X again to continue.
- Select NEW and then press X to continue.
- Type a name for your ISP setting. This can be any name you would like to associate with this connection.
- When asked if you currently subscribe to an ISP service, select YES and press X to continue.
- For connection type, choose HIGH SPEED CONNECTION (CABLE OR DSL) and press X to continue. Select AUTOMATIC SETTINGS and press X to continue.
- When asked if your ISP requires a User ID and Password, select NO and press X to continue.
- When asked if your Internet Service Provider requires you to input a DHCP Host Name, select NO, unplug your ethernet cord from the PS2, and press X to continue. (Unplugging your ethernet cord from the PS2 will cause the test to fail, but you want this to happen so that the PS2 will display your MAC address.)
- Wait while your network connection is tested.
- The network connection test will fail. Do not press X or Triangle. Press Select to see the error message.
- The MAC address will be displayed. The MAC address is a 12-character alpha numeric sequence.
Sony PlayStation 3
- System Settings
- System Information
- View information on the PS3™ system. You can check information such as system software version, MAC address, current IP address, and remaining hard disk capacity.
- Turn on your Wii.
- From the Wii Menu select Wii Options. (It is the round button in the lower left corner that says “Wii”.)
- Select Wii Settings.
- Scroll to the right to Wii System Settings 2.
- Select Internet.
- Select Console Information.
- The MAC address will be displayed. It will consist of a 12-character alpha numeric sequence in the format xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx.
- The MAC address of the Nintendo DS can be found by going to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Setup in the game’s menu.
- Select Options, then System Information. The MAC address, a 12-character alpha numeric sequence, is displayed on the top line.
- Remove the GameCube’s broadband adapter from the console.
- Printed on the underside of the adaptor is a MAC address, a 12-character alpha numeric sequence -xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx.