Learn how to find the MAC ADDRESS of devices connecting to your HOME WIFI ROUTER.
Often, this is helpful in checking who are connecting into your PLDT HOME DSL WIFI without authorization. Once you identify the MAC IDs of those that are actually allowed to connect you can then BLOCK the rest.Each MAC address represents a unique gadget connected to your home wifi. It is composed of 12 alphanumeric characters separated by colons. Example: 12:34:56:ab:cd:ef
Identifying MAC Address Manually
To know which MAC ID belongs to which gadget, you can do the manual process of elimination.
- Login to your PLDT DSL ADMIN PAGE (How to Login? Check this POST.)
- Go to SETUP
- Then choose WLAN
- Click on BASIC
- Click on Show Active Clients at the bottom.
- Take note of all MAC Addresses connected to your home router.
- One by one, TURN OFF the wifi on your gadgets in the house to see which MAC ID disappears on the list of “Active Clients”
b0:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx – My Laptop
00:1e:xx:xx:xx:xx – My Phone
38:d5:47:xx:xx:xx – Unknown
You can then add the Unknown MAC Address to your PLDT WIFI Block List.
A more technical approach will be finding the MAC ID from the known gadget itself. This may be tricky for some but for more technical people, this should be easy.
How to find the MAC ID: Windows computer
- Open the Command Prompt by either:
– Clicking on START then typing RUN then clicking on COMMAND PROMPT
– Or pressing the WINDOWS KEY on your keyboard + R then typing CMD and hitting ENTER
- Type “ipconfig /all”
You will see a long list of info. Scroll up or down and find the field that says: Wireless LAN Adapter WI-FI. The Physical Address shown is your MAC ADDDRESS
How to find the MAC Address: PHONE
- Go to Settings on your Phone
- Tap on About Phone
- Tap on Status or Hardware Information
- Scroll down to see your WiFi MAC Address
Labels may be different on some phones. You may check your handset’s manual for reference.