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Old 21-10-2006, 18:05   #1
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What is a MAC Address?

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MAC is short for Media Access Control address, a hardware address that uniquely identifies each node of a network.

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In IEEE 802 networks, the Data Link Control (DLC) layer of the OSI Reference Model is divided into two sublayers: the Logical Link Control (LLC) layer and the Media Access Control (MAC) layer. The MAC layer interfaces directly with the network media. Consequently, each different type of network media requires a different MAC layer.

Each and every Ethernet device interface to a network media has a unique MAC address, which is imprinted into the hardware at manufacture.

You can find out the MAC address of your devices by typing at the Command Prompt:
ipconfig /all

The line starting with Physical Address? signifies the MAC address.

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