In this tutorial, we will learn how to find the MAC address on a Macbook Air. The MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to each network interface card (NIC) or Wi-Fi card. It is used by network devices to communicate with each other over a local network.
Step 1: Open System Preferences
To find the MAC address on your Macbook Air, start by opening the System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
Step 2: Select Network
In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Network” icon. This will open the Network settings for your Macbook Air.
Step 3: Choose Connection Type
In the left sidebar of the Network settings window, you will see a list of available connection types such as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, etc. Select the connection type for which you want to find the MAC address. For example, if you want to find the MAC address for your Wi-Fi card, click on “Wi-Fi” in the sidebar.
Step 4: Click on Advanced
After selecting the desired connection type, click on the “Advanced” button located at the bottom-right corner of the Network settings window. This will open additional settings for your selected connection type.
Step 5: View Your MAC Address
In the Advanced settings window, navigate to either the “Hardware” or “TCP/IP” tab. Depending on your macOS version and network configuration, you may find your MAC address in either of these tabs.
- “Hardware” tab: If your Macbook Air has an older version of macOS, you will likely find your MAC address in the “Hardware” tab. Look for a field labeled “MAC Address,” “Ethernet ID,” or something similar.
- “TCP/IP” tab: If you are running a newer version of macOS, your MAC address may be located in the “TCP/IP” tab. Look for a field labeled “IPv4 Address,” and next to it, you will find your MAC address.
Once you have located your MAC address, take note of it or copy it if needed. The MAC address usually consists of six pairs of alphanumeric characters separated by colons or hyphens, such as 12:34:56:78:9A:BC.
If you have multiple network interfaces enabled on your Macbook Air (e.g., both Wi-Fi and Ethernet), make sure to select the correct connection type in Step 3 to view the corresponding MAC address.
Now that you know how to find the MAC address on your Macbook Air, you can use this information for various purposes such as troubleshooting network issues or configuring network security settings.