How to find the device name & MAC address for my laptop

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How to find the device name & MAC address for my laptop
Your computer name and MAC address are a few clicks away. (Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

If you have designs on connecting your laptop to a computer network, you're going to need to know your device's unique computer name and "Media Access Control" address before you get started. Your device's "MAC" address is associated with its device network adapters and is also known as its “physical address." Both pieces of information are relatively straightforward to come by, even for the most inexperienced computer user.

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    Left-click on the "Windows" button in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. Select "All programs" from the menu that pops up.

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    Scroll down to and select "Accessories" before clicking on "Command Prompt." Type "ipconfig/all" (without the quotes) in the command prompt box that appears.

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    Make a note of your laptop's computer name and MAC address. Your device's name will be displayed under "Host Name," while your MAC address will appear as its "Physical Address" under the section labeled "Ethernet adapter wireless network connection" or "Wireless LAN adapter wireless network connection," depending on the version of Windows your machine's running.

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  • You can also access your laptop's computer name by left-clicking on its "Windows" button, right-clicking on "Computer" and selecting "Properties." The name of your device will be listed under "Computer name" in the "Computer name, domain and workgroup" settings section.
  • You will have set the name of your device when you originally installed its operating system.

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