How do I find my laptop MAC address to add to Access Control in my Netgear Router DG834Gv5
If you use Windows 7 or Vista go to the command prompt (cmd) and enter the command Getmac.exe and the MAC will come up. It is also called the physical address. You will see physical addresses for all network adapters in you computer, whether Ethernet, wireless, or Bluetooth. The active one is the one currently in use.
If you use XP, go to My Network Places>View network connections>right click on your active network connection>select status>click the Support tab>click Details button.
The physical address (MAC) will be the first in the list.
If you want to install Getmac in XP Home run the setup program from the \Support\Tools folder on the Win XP installation CD. It might already be installed on Win XP Pro 32 bit; I know it is on Win XP Pro 64 bit. When I run it on my 64 bit XP Pro, it only give me the Ethernet MAC.
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You do not say what version of windows, but in win 7 and Vista:
type in ipconfig /all or getmac and it should locate both commands and the window will remain open
There is no point in adding MAC control or hiding the SSID - it only takes 30 minutes to defeat.
Turn on WPA2 and get a really strong password from GRC or generate one in KeePass. You will have fewer connection problems.
Your router will show all connected devices and their MAC addresses, or ipconfig /all in a Command Prompt. Still a waste of time though.
A better idea would be to make the SSID unidentifiable (mine is named Go Away! ), rather than specifying The Scroggins Family or 33 Acacia Avenue...
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The bad guys know that appearances are deceptive, so why bother?
Generic SSID is always a good idea.
I think that the reason for changing the SSID is only to make it easier for the owner to correctly connect wirelessly. As previously stated I'm using WPA2-PSK,GRC generated Password, my own SSID. and Access Control OFF. If broadcast of SSID is OFF it still shows on my Laptop
I don't disagree that locks are for keeping honest people honest. If someone really wants in, they'll find a way. But why would I make it easy for them? MAC address filtering while a rudimentary form of security provides another layer that someone has to spend time defeating. With all the other unsecured networks out there they'll just move on. These days its not about the challenge anymore, but about stealing data that can be sold off or used to directly steal your money.
If you use WPA2 PSK with a good 63 bit key your system is effectively un-hackable from the wireless. SSID hiding and MAC filtering are therefore completely unnecessary.MAC address filtering while a rudimentary form of security provides another layer that someone has to spend time defeating.