MAC address

All devices that can connect to the internet have a MAC address (aka physical or hardware). You may need to find one when registering to our york-connect network. Each consists of 12 characters (letters and numbers) in 6 pairs.

Examples: 5F:03:A7:BE:19:F2 or 5F-03-A7-BE-19-F2

There are two primary types.

Wireless MAC address (aka Wi-Fi, WLAN)

This is the most common, and what you may need when connecting your device via Wi-Fi.

Wired MAC address (aka local, LAN, ID)

This is what you may need when connecting your device via a wire (in our case, an ethernet cable).

Find a MAC address

Terms and steps may vary, based on your device manufacturer or model. If you don't see your device, or if you have any trouble, please contact us. We'll help hunt your hiding MAC address. 😁

Note: Below, we explain how to find each device's wireless MAC address. If yours has a wired (aka local, LAN) MAC address, it should be clearly labeled in the same area as the wireless MAC address.

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Operating systems (computers & mobile devices)

Android

Note: Terms and steps vary based on your Android manufacturer. If you have trouble, please contact us.

Android 10 & above¹

  • Turn on Wi-Fi.

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Select Network & internet > Internet.

    • If you can't find it, search for "MAC address".

  • Next to eduroam, select the Settings icon (gear).

  • Scroll down to MAC address.

    • If you can't find it, you may have to select Advanced first.

Android 9 & below

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Select About Phone/Tablet

    • If you can't find it, you may have to select General or System first.

  • Select Status or Hardware info.

  • Find Wi-Fi MAC address.


  1. Find your phone's MAC address

Apple iOS & iPadOS (iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch)

iOS/iPadOS 14 & above

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Select Wi-Fi.

  • Under NETWORKS, next to eduroam, select the information icon ⓘ.

  • Find Wi-Fi Address.

iOS/iPadOS 13 & below

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Select General > About.

  • Find Wi-Fi Address.

Apple macOS (Notebooks & Desktops)

  • Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.

  • Select System Preferences > Network > Wi-Fi > Advanced > Hardware.

  • Find Wi-Fi MAC Address.

Apple watchOS (Apple Watch)

watchOS 7 & above

  • Open the Settings app, then select Wi-Fi.

  • Select eduroam.

    • If you haven't joined eduroam yet, swipe left on eduroam then select more •••.

  • The series of letters and numbers under Private Address is your MAC address.

watchOS 6 & below

  • Open the Watch app.

  • Select General > About.

  • Find Wi-Fi/MAC address.

Chrome OS (Chromebook)

  • If you haven't yet, sign in to your Chromebook.

  • At the bottom right, select the time.

  • Select the Wi-Fi network symbol.

  • At the top of the box, select Information.

  • Your MAC address is labeled Wi-Fi. ¹


  1. Find your MAC address or IP address

Microsoft Windows

  • Select the Start button, then search for/open Command Prompt.

    • Type ipconfig/all into the Command Prompt window.

    • Press Enter on your keyboard.

  • Under Wireless LAN Adapter Wi-Fi, find Physical Address.


Gaming devices

Nintendo DS, 2DS, & 3DS

  • From the HOME menu, select System Settings > Internet Settings > Other Information > Confirm MAC Address.

Nintendo Switch

  • From the Home menu, select System Settings > Internet.

  • Find System MAC Address.

Nintendo Wii U

  • Select System Settings > Internet > View MAC Address.

  • Find Wireless MAC Address.

PlayStation 3 (PS3)

  • From the main menu, select Settings > System Settings > System Information.

  • Find Wireless MAC Address.

PlayStation 4 (PS4)

  • From the main menu, select Settings > System > System Information.

  • Find MAC Address (Wi-Fi).

PlayStation 5 (PS5)

  • From the main menu, select Settings > System > System Software > Console Information.

  • Find MAC Address (Wi-Fi) or MAC Address (LAN cable).

PlayStation Vita

  • From the main menu, select Settings then tap Start.

  • Select System > System Information.

  • Find MAC Address (Wi-Fi).

Xbox 360

  • From the main menu, select My Xbox > System Settings > Network Settings > Wireless Network > Configure Network.

  • Under the Additional Settings tab, select Advanced Settings > Alternate Mac Address.

  • Find MAC address.

Xbox One & Xbox Series (X & S)

  • Press the Xbox button on your controller.

  • Select Profile & system > Settings > General > Network settings.

  • Select Advanced Settings.

  • Find Wireless MAC.


Streaming devices

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Newer models

  • Plug your Fire TV stick into your TV.

    • Select Settings > My Fire TV > About > Network.

    • Find MAC Address (Wired or Wi-Fi).

Older models

  • Plug your Fire TV stick into your TV.

    • Select Settings > System > About > Network.

    • Find Mac Address (Wi-Fi).

Apple TV

  • Follow the set-up instructions for your Apple TV.

  • Select the york-devices Wi-Fi signal.

    • This will likely not connect, but will reveal more info.

  • Find wireless MAC address.

Chromecast

First, look at the physical Chromecast. Some models have the MAC address printed there.

During Chromecast setup1

  • From the Connect to Wi-Fi screen of the setup process, select More , located in the top right corner.

  • Select Show MAC Address.

After Chromecast setup1

  • Open the Google Home app.

  • Select your Chromecast device > Settings (gear icon) > Device information.

  • Under Technical information, find your MAC address.


  1. Locating your Chromecast MAC Address

Roku

Option 1

  • Press the Home button on the remote.

  • Select Settings > System > About.

  • Find Wireless MAC address.

Option 2

  • Press the Home button on the remote.

  • Select Settings > Player info.

  • Find Wireless MAC address.

Option 3

  • From the Network connection screen, select Private network

  • Find Wireless MAC address.


Smart TVs

Insignia TV

  • Press ENTER or Menu on your remote.

  • Select Settings > Software Settings.

    • Search for Wired or Wireless mac address

    • To select items with your remote, press the up arrow ▲ or down arrow ▼, then press ENTER.

Samsung TV

  • Press Menu on your remote.

  • Select Network > Network Settings > Wireless > york-devices.

    • To select items with your remote, press the up arrow ▲ or down arrow ▼, then press ENTER.

  • Find Wireless MAC Address.

Sharp TV

  • Press Menu on your remote.

  • Select Internet Setup > Network Setup > Connection Type > Wireless > IP Setup.

    • To select, navigate with the arrow buttons on your remote, then press Enter.

  • Find MAC Address, on the bottom of the page.

Sony TV

  • Press Home on your remote.

  • Select Settings > Network Setup > Wireless Setup > Network Setup - Status.

    • To select, navigate with the arrow buttons on your remote, then press Enter.

  • Find MAC Address.

TCL Roku TV

Option 1

If this doesn't work, please try Option 2.

  • Press the Home button on the remote.

  • Select Settings > Network > About.

  • Find Wireless MAC address.

Option 2

  • Press the Home button on the remote.

  • Select Settings > Network > Wireless (or Wi-fi).

  • If you see Set up new wireless connection, select it. If not, move to the next step.

  • Under Other options, select Private network.

  • Find Wireless MAC address.

Vizio TV

Newer models

  • Press Menu on your remote.

  • Select System or Help > System Information.

    • To select, navigate with the arrow buttons on your remote, then press OK.

  • Find WLAN MAC for wireless

  • Find ID MAC for wired.

Older models

  • Press Menu on your remote.

  • Select System or Help > System Information > Network Information.

    • To select, navigate with the arrow buttons on your remote, then press OK.

  • Find WLAN MAC for wireless.

  • Find ID MAC for wired.


Smart speakers / personal assistants

Amazon Echo

  • Install then open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone or tablet.

    • Sign in with your Amazon account.

    • If prompted to agree to Amazon's terms, select Continue.

    • The Amazon Alexa app will show available Wi-Fi networks.

    • Select york-connect.

    • This will likely not connect, then will take you to the Let's try something else page.

    • Select TRY AGAIN > CONTINUE > CONTINUE.

    • This should take you to the Wait for the orange light page.

    • Follow the prompts until you see the orange light ring on your Echo.

    • Select CONTINUE.

  • Leave the Amazon Alexa app, then open your mobile device's Settings app.

    • Select either Wi-Fi or Network & internet > Wi-Fi.

    • Connect to the Amazon network.

      • Note: The format should be Amazon-XXX.

  • Leave the Settings app, then open the Amazon Alexa app.

    • Select CONTINUE.

    • Scroll to the bottom of the Wi-Fi network list to find Your Echo's MAC address.

Google Nest & Google Home

If you have not yet set up your device or app ¹

  • Plug in your device (either Nest or Home).

  • When it lights up and plays a chime, install then open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.

  • Follow the Google Home app prompts.

    • Make sure your Bluetooth is turned on.

    • Choose or sign into a Google account.

      • Note: We recommend using a personal account rather than your YCP one.

    • Choose a home, or create a new one.

  • Once your app is looking for devices, follow the prompts to connect your device.

    • Choose your device.

    • Confirm you heard the sound.

  • On the Connect to Wi-Fi page, select the menu symbol in the upper right.

    • Select Show MAC address.

If you have already set up your device & app ²

  • Open the Google Home app.

  • Select your device > Settings gear icon ⚙ > Device information.

  • Scroll down, under Technical information, to find the MAC address.


  1. Set up your Google Nest or Home speaker or display
  2. Find your Nest product's MAC address