Media Access Control

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The name is a misnomer; modern cards and drivers allow the MAC address to be easily altered, so use as a security measure is limited. In the past, network access and software licenses were restricted based on this address.
The name is a misnomer; modern cards and drivers allow the MAC address to be easily altered, so use as a security measure is limited. In the past, network access and software licenses were restricted based on this address.
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[[Michigan Technological University|MTU]]'s [[ResNet]] uses the MAC address to associate a person with their computer.

Revision as of 04:41, 15 April 2005

The Media Access Control address, commonly called the Hardware Address or Physical Address, is the layer 2 address used in Ethernet to uniquely identify a network node.

The name is a misnomer; modern cards and drivers allow the MAC address to be easily altered, so use as a security measure is limited. In the past, network access and software licenses were restricted based on this address.

MTU's ResNet uses the MAC address to associate a person with their computer.

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