Among other things, the ifconfig command can be used to change the MAC address of your Mac. Your MAC address is used for security identification on some wireless networks.
After you enter the ifconfig command, you will see a long list of text. Identifying your MAC address will take some familiarity with the readout on the Terminal screen.
Information about your ethernet connection is listed under the e0 category, your wireless network information is listed under the en1 category, and information concerning your firewire connection is listed under the fw0 category. The MAC address associated with the ethernet and airport connection is listed immediately under the first line of text and is separated by colons.
In the posted example Terminal window, the MAC address is Further, the IP address of your device is listed under the inet heading.
The IP address in the example is By itself, the netstat command brings up a plethora of information about your network. Most of this information, however, is really only useful to a skilled network administrator. Adding a -r to the netstat command entered as netstat -r allows a novice user to access the IP address of the router. In the example screenshot, the IP address of the router is Armed with this information, setting up and managing your wireless network becomes a much easier proposition.
The other command line option is to use: ipconfig getifaddr en1 which reports back only your en1 (usually wireless) IP address. You can. *At the Command Prompt, type *ipconfig /all Note: Be sure to put a To get your computer's Wired or Wireless MAC address from the Terminal.
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It is certainly possible to be limited to fewer than other addresses, or far, far more addresses. If you already know the Macs IP address you can skip this first part of this and go directly to the Windows PC to access the shared users […]. Being the start of a network, the access point typically holds the very first […]. This is much the same way that you get your Macs IP address, but the router IP is a few steps further in preference […].
Different than a computers IP address, MAC addresses are frequently used for network access control and to monitor network connectivity, […]. Very good overview and explanation!
I did not have any issues with the description provided. All of them worked and revealed the expected results! Thanks for that article.
I liked some of the alternatives since ifconfig en0 only gives me ipv6 address. Name required.
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