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Finding a Media Access Control (MAC) Address

A Media Access Control (MAC) address is a unique number assigned to a Network Interface Card (NIC) by the manufacturer, not by Cedarville University. You may discover your MAC address by looking for a printed label. Check the box it came in for a label. Other times, the actual NIC itself may have a sticker label somewhere on it with the MAC address. If your computer has a built-in Ethernet interface (instead of a separate NIC installed), you may find a label attached to the back or bottom of the computer displaying the MAC address. If you find a label, please make sure it really is a MAC address; the section below describes what a MAC address looks like.

Manufacturers cooperate to ensure that each address is unique. A MAC address is made of 12 hexadecimal numbers; for example 080007A92BFC (each digit is a number from 0-9 or a letter from A-F). At times, MAC addresses are separated by colons or dashes. (09:00:07:A9:B2:EB or 09-10-4A-B9-E2-A4).

Do not confuse a MAC address with an Internet Protocol ("IP") address, a Macintosh computer or an e-mail address. Your Internet address will be provided through DHCP. An IP address is a number assigned to some computers by Cedarville University. An IP address looks like:

Please follow the instructions below to find the MAC address of your game console, then go to the manual registration page to register your device.


To find the MAC address of your Sony PlayStation 2 you will need the Network Adaptor connected to the PS2 and you will need the disc that came with the Network Adaptor. Then follow these steps:

  1. Power up the PlayStation 2 and load the Network Adaptor Startup Disc.
  2. Once it has loaded, select "ISP Setup" and press X on your controller.
  3. The ISP Setup will begin to load, and you will be presented with a license agreement. Select Agree and press X to continue.
  4. For connection type, choose "Local Area Network (LAN)" and press X to continue.
  5. Select "Automatic Configuration" and press X to continue.
  6. At the connection test screen, select "Advanced" and press X to continue.
  7. At the "Advanced Broadband Settings" screen, make sure "Automatic" is selected. Make note of the MAC address at the bottom of this screen.

Some of the PS2 games also have the ability to list your MAC address, but the above steps are the preferred way of finding the MAC.

PlayStation Portable (PSP)

To find the MAC address of your PlayStation Portable (PSP):

  1. Navigate to "System Settings";
  2. Then navigate to "System Information," which is where the MAC address is listed.


To find the MAC address of your XBox:

  1. Turn on your Xbox console with no game disc in the disc tray.
  2. From the Xbox Dashboard, choose Xbox Live.
    These steps assume you cannot connect to Xbox Live until you finish configuring your Xbox console to use your PC's MAC address. Therefore, you should receive the following message: "Could not connect to Xbox Live. Do you want to troubleshoot your network connection?".
  3. From the Connect Status screen, select Settings. The MAC address is the 12-digit number at the bottom-right corner of the Network Settings screen.

XBox 360

To locate the MAC address of your Xbox 360 console:

  1. Go to the System area of the Xbox Dashboard and select Network Settings.
  2. Select Edit Settings.
  3. From Additional Settings, select Advanced Settings.
  4. At the bottom of this screen, look for the heading titled Wired MAC Address.