Implications of changing MAC address.

  dougle00 19:11 20 Nov 2007
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Could someone tell me what the implications are of changing a MAC address. Can you make up any number and use it?

Thanks

  SANTOS7 19:29 20 Nov 2007

NO!!! to receive a MAC code you will need to contact your present ISP by phone then you give it to your new ISP so they can activate your phine line......

  dougle00 19:31 20 Nov 2007

Thanks for the Reply Santos, what I mean is for my laptop. Recently I was unhappy with the amount of information a wireless hot spot provider was able to obtain from my MAC address and therefore want to be able to change it.

Thanks

  robotnik 19:35 20 Nov 2007

You can't unless you physically change the network card. It's hard coded into the equipment.

  dougle00 19:36 20 Nov 2007

That's not what this says:

click here

  I am Spartacus 19:44 20 Nov 2007

This Personal Computer World article by Alan Stevens on MAC security might help click here

  bremner 19:47 20 Nov 2007

There are many means of changing the MAC address - a quick Google gave these click here=

What is harder to find is anything that says whether it is safe to do so.

  SANTOS7 20:05 20 Nov 2007

AH!! sorry dougle00 "heds a shed" the link bremner gave you should lead you in the right direction,good luck...

  dougle00 20:12 20 Nov 2007

Thanks guys, I'll have a read of those articles and see what the score is. It does seem hard to establish if it is safe.

Cheers

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