Sometimes you need to know the physical address, or MAC (short for Media Access Control) address of your network adapter on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC. Here are several ways to find it.
Each network adapter has its own MAC address
Here’s a basic update: A network adapter is a device in your computer that connects to a network — either through Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or some other method. In some computers, the network adapter is a separate card that is installed in a device, in others, it is built into the device. However, Windows still considers each adapter as a separate device.
Before determining your MAC address, it is important to know that different network adapters have their own unique MAC addresses. So if your computer has an Ethernet port (handled by an Ethernet adapter) and a Wi-Fi connection (handled by a Wi-Fi adapter), each of the connection methods will have their own MAC address.
Find your MAC address using Settings
To find your MAC address in Windows 10 or 11, open Settings by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard. When it opens, go to Network and Internet.
In Network and Internet settings on Windows 10, click on “StatusIn the sidebar, then selectView hardware and connection properties.
In Network and Internet settings on Windows 11, click on “Advanced network settings, then selectHardware and connectivity properties.
In the properties of devices and connection, you will see a list of information about each network adapter installed on your computer.
Locate the adapter whose MAC address you want to find in the list (eg “Wireless Network Adapter” for your Wi-Fi connection). You will see the MAC address listed next to “Physical Address (MAC)”. For example, the MAC address here is “2b:fc:f3:f3:f3:2b”. Yours will be different.
If necessary, you can select and copy the MAC address (Ctrl + c) and paste it (Ctrl + v) into a text file or messaging application. Next, close Settings, and you are good to go.
Find your MAC address using Control Panel
The Control Panel tool in Windows 10 or Windows 11 also allows you to locate your network adapter’s MAC addresses, but it requires a few more clicks from the Settings app. To get started, launch Control Panel, then click View Network Status and Tasks.
In the Network and Sharing Center, you will see a list of active network connections. Locate the adapter whose MAC address you want to find, then click the link next to Connections. The link will vary based on the type of connection, but it usually reads “Ethernet” or “Wi-Fi.”
In the status window (such as “Ethernet status” or “Wi-Fi Status”) that appears, click the “details.
in window”Network connection detailsYou will find the MAC address of the adapter listed next to “physical address.
When done, tap “Close” twice, then close the control panel.
Find your MAC address with a command
You can also find the MAC address of your network adapter by running the “ipconfig” command via Command Prompt, Windows Terminal, or Windows PowerShell in Windows 10 or 11. To use it, open a Command Prompt or Windows Terminal window and type ipconfig /all.
(To quickly open a command line window, you can either right-click the Start button or press Windows + X. In Windows 11, click Windows Terminal in the menu that appears. In Windows 10, click Windows PowerShell or “Command Prompt” in the menu that appears.)
Depending on your computer, you may see a long list of adapters and information for each one. To find the MAC address, select the name of the adapter you wish to find (such as “Wireless LAN” or “Ethernet”) and look for the entry next to “Physical address.”
When done, close Command Prompt. You can repeat the ipconfig /all command any time you want. Good luck and God bless you!