How to Find the Device Name & Mac Address for My Laptop

By Tommy Charles

The Media Access Control, or MAC address, is an alphanumeric code assigned to certain types of networking hardware. The MAC address is typically assigned to a piece of hardware by its manufacturer, and they are commonly assigned to Ethernet cards. MAC addresses help to identify each computer on a network specifically and play an important role in network security. Knowing each MAC address on a network can help the network administrator easily identify and filter intruders.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Wireless network card

Step 1

Click "Start." Type "system information" into the search bar.

Step 2

Click "System Information."

Step 3

Click the "+" to the left of "Components."

Step 4

Click "Network."

Step 5

Click "Adapter" to view the computer's network adapters.

Step 6

Scroll down until you see a "Name" entry that contains a brand name to the right of it. This is the name of your device.

Step 7

Scroll down slightly until you see "Mac Address." This is your Mac address.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may see several "Name" entries that say "WAN Miniport." Disregard these, as they are not active.