At a Glance
- Does a great job of finding MAC addresses; You can search on specific IP addresses
- Too pricey for occasional use
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
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