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    how do I get the MAC adress on linux

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    It would help to know what kind of card you're using as well as the distribution you have loaded.
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    wow sorry, I meant to say how do I get the MAC adress.

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    MAC address of what?
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    every standard ethernet networking device has a MAC address which is hard coded to the card. It is set at the factory. many times it is printed on a lable on the device.

    if you run ifconfig in the terminal it will tell you

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    HWaddr 00:0A:E6:97:34:61
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    Quote Originally Posted by designbydave
    every standard ethernet networking device has a MAC address which is hard coded to the card. It is set at the factory. many times it is printed on a lable on the device.

    if you run ifconfig in the terminal it will tell you

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    HWaddr 00:0A:E6:97:34:61
    Not only does EVERY card have a MAC address, i have heard that they are supposedly unique aswell. But i dont see how this is possible.....

    the first 3 parts of a MAC address are for the manfacturer, 00:01:02 being 3com.

    This means that each manufacturer can only make 00:00:00 -> hh:hh:hh cards (cant b arsed to work out what that is! hehe)
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    There are times when you can run across the same address, especially when you tend to buy in bulk quantities. Have seen it more than once.

    Not only do your cards have 'em, but your cable modems can have one assigned as well. Which is why I asked the original poster what exactly is he looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retired1af
    MAC address of what?
    my labtop computer

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    like someone said earlier the MAC address will show up when you type ifconfig at the command prompt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttriana
    Quote Originally Posted by retired1af
    MAC address of what?
    my labtop computer
    your laptop computer does not have a MAC address. It's the network card that has a MAC address. If you have a LAN card and WiFi card than each one will have a MAC address.
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