Your MacBook Pro's MAC (Media Access Control) address is a 12-digit number assigned to a network adaptor in order to identify itself on a network. Whether it's an Ethernet port or USB adaptor, the MAC address identifies where the connection is. If you've found yourself in the position of needing to troubleshoot your MacBook Pro's network connections and don't quite know where to begin, locating the MAC number is a good start, and it isn't as technical a process as you may think. In fact, it's relatively simple to find this number, and it shouldn't take more than a minute of your time to do it.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Access the main desktop menu on your MacBook Pro and highlight and click the "System Preferences" icon in the dock (bar at the bottom of the screen displaying the program icons). Wait for the System Preferences menu to appear.
Locate the "Network" icon in the "Internet and Network" section of the window. This section is located in the middle of the window, directly under the "Hardware" section. The "Network" icon appears as a purple sphere. Wait for the "Network" window to appear.
Click on the "Ethernet" connection tab at the right of the window to select it.
Click on the "Advanced" tab at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to bring up an Ethernet information window.
Locate the "Ethernet" tab at the top right corner of the Ethernet information window and click on it. Wait for the Ethernet ID window to appear.
Locate the 12-digit alphanumeric Ethernet ID number at the top of the window. This is your MacBook Pro's MAC address. You can highlight this number and copy it to your computer's desktop for easy access by selecting "Copy" from the File menu. Then select "Paste" and click the desktop.
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