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Find MAC Address by LizardSystems

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    Find the MAC Address of a local or remote computer on the network.

Every network adapter has what is called a Media Access Control address that uniquely identifies it. Think of it as an ID. If you run a network, you know how important is that you know the MAC address of every device connected to your network. You may want to know this security purposes, so that you can tell if any unauthorized devices have managed to worm their way into your network. And you also need to know the manufacturer of every network adapter for support reasons.

Having to manually go to every computer on the network, and taking the time to run tools to find out the MAC address is extremely time-consuming. And even then, it may not work, because people may have connected tablets or smartphones to the network, and you may not know every person who has done that.

There's an easy way to do it : Get LizardSystems's Find MAC Address. Simply tell the program the range of IP addresses on your network, click a button, and it looks at every address, ferreting out the MAC address for any device using that IP address.

In my tests, Find MAC Address did a stellar job and was able to find the correct MAC address for every device connected to my network: a wireless router, multiple PCs, a Macbook, a home server, and even a Xoom Android tablet. Based on the MAC addresses, it was also able to accurately identify the right manufacturer for each device.

Find MAC Address includes some very nifty tools, such as the ability to look at a specific IP address and identify the MAC address of network cards. There's also some settings that only techies will be able to fathom, such as determining the method of checking a computer's remote state--but you may not need to use such complex settings.

If you administrate a network and need to find out the MAC address of every device on it, this is a great tool. But at $30 for business users, it's only for people who really need it; you won't want to pay for mere curiosity. That said, it's free for non-commercial use, so if you run a network for a nonprofit or an educational institution, the price won't stand in your way.

Note: This software is free for non-commercial use only. Business users must pay $30 to keep it after the 30-day trial.

--Preston Gralla

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Find the MAC Address of a local or remote computer on the network.

    Pros

    • Does a great job of finding MAC addresses; You can search on specific IP addresses

    Cons

    • Too pricey for occasional use
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