How do I find MAC address?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by louise, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. louise

    louise Guest

    I have the Linksys 54GX router and am trying to make it
    secure as possible. I have an old wireless card on my
    portable which does not support WPA and therefore, I'm using
    128 bit WEP.

    I have my desktop attached to the router wired and two
    laptops attached wireless. One uses a PMCIA card and the
    other, a Thinkpad, has the wireless built into the screen top.

    I've read that one can secure things a little more by
    entering specific MAC addresses and then, only the wireless
    computers with those specific MAC addresses will be given
    access. But how do I find the MAC addresses of the
    portables which are attached wireless?

    TIA

    Louise
     
    louise, Mar 3, 2006
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  2. The magic button is hidden at the bottom of the list of MAC addresses
    on the Wireless Security page. See:

    http://www.linksysdata.com/ui/WRT54GX/v2/2.00.09/Wireless-Wireless Network Access.htm
    at the very bottom. Just have the laptop connect and it should show
    up on the list of MAC addresses.
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Mar 3, 2006
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  3. louise

    louise Guest

    louise, Mar 3, 2006
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  4. louise

    Peter Pan Guest

    If you want to look from the computer end,
    On your laptop/desktop, click on start/all programs/accessories/system
    tools/system information...
    look under adapters, and it will give you lots of info (including the mac
    address)
     
    Peter Pan, Mar 3, 2006
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  5. Even easier: "ipconfig /all" from a command window
     
    Derek Broughton, Mar 3, 2006
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  6. louise

    Rich Guest

    I have done this how saft is it?


     
    Rich, Mar 3, 2006
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  7. louise

    John Navas Guest

    [POSTED TO alt.internet.wireless - REPLY ON USENET PLEASE]

    In <CgPNf.3027$-nyc.rr.com> on Fri, 03 Mar 2006 04:05:54
    That's too easily defeated to add any real security.
     
    John Navas, Mar 3, 2006
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  8. louise

    Rich Guest

    I am sorry

    How safe is the MAC lock out.



     
    Rich, Mar 3, 2006
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  9. louise

    John Navas Guest

    [POSTED TO alt.internet.wireless - REPLY ON USENET PLEASE]

    In <> on Fri, 3 Mar 2006 17:36:00 -0500,
    Provides no real safety at all.
     
    John Navas, Mar 3, 2006
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  10. It will keep casual passers-by and your neighbours wireless PCs off
    your router , but anyone who is specifically trying to break in will
    be able to do so easily because whenever your own computer attaches to
    the router, it transmits its MAC, and so someone evil can capture it.
    Mark McIntyre
     
    Mark McIntyre, Mar 3, 2006
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  11. louise

    Peter Pan Guest

    It will stop most casual problems.... Not real safe, sort of like (strange
    analogy coming --- sort of like a french tickler versus a high quality
    rubber with spermacide)....

    :)
     
    Peter Pan, Mar 4, 2006
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