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1. Enter Network and Sharing Centre in the search box at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen and open it
2. Click on the wireless connection

3. Click on Details

4. The MAC Address will be listed with the property Physical Address

Alternatively you can find it by following these steps:

1. Enter cmd in the search box at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen and select Command Prompt from the results

2. The following window will open

3. In the Command Prompt window, enter ipconfig /all and press enter. Information similar to the following will be displayed

3. Navigate until you see the section Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi. The MAC Address will be shown next to Physical Address

1. Click on the apple icon, and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu

2. Click on Network

3. Make sure that Wifi (or Airport) is selected in the column on the left and then click on Advanced

4. The MAC address will be shown at the bottom of the Wi-Fi (or Airport) section

1. Open a terminal window (Terminal may be found in the Accessories menu on Ubuntu systems)

2. Type ifconfig -a in to the terminal window and then press enter

3. Several lines of text should appear. MAC addresses may be labelled with HWaddr or ether or lladdr and are six pairs of characters separated by colons (e.g. 00:21:32:43:54:65). The wireless MAC address is the one corresponding to your wireless interface which may be ath0 or wlan0 or eth1 or similar.

On some newer linux distributions, ifconfig isn’t available. ip link gives similar output, and the MAC address is contained in the link/ether lines.