MAC address

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skydog

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#1
Firstly, I hope that this is the correct forum. Now to show how very little I know. My ISP (charter pipeline) left a message on my machine wanting my MAC address. What is it and why would they want it?
 

Un4gIvEn1

OSNN Veteran Addict
#2
Your ISP would never ask for your MAC because that information is available to them when you connect. Do not reply to it. I suggest you disable the messenger service.

START / RUN
type in "services.msc" (without quotes)
Double click on MESSENGER service
Set "Startup Type" to "Disabled"
Then STOP the service or just reboot.

You ISP would never contact you in such a way.
 
#3
Yes, you posted in the right forum. :)

If you do want to find out your MAC address, go to Start>Run>cmd and type "ipconfig -all" at the prompt.
Look for "Physical address" under your network card, and you'll find an alphanumberic address in the form of XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX. That's your MAC address.

However, if you received the alert in the form of a Messenger Service popup, I highly doubt it's actually from your ISP.
 
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skydog

Guest
#4
It was on my answering machine. Also on my caller ID. I did re-format and do a system restore yesterday, could it be related?
 
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skydog

Guest
#6
Thanks all. I will give it to them. Maybe I was just paranoid. I'm just quite leery of Charter. They're out to get me 'ya know.
 
#8
Originally posted by Zedric
The MAC address won't change if you reformat, only if you change the hardware.
Right...the MAC address is assigned to your network card. Unless you physically change that, the MAC address isn't going to change.
 
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IBraineater

Guest
#10
nothing wrong in giving your MAC address to your ISP. I have optonline and if you use the software to make an account the software they provide you asks for the MAC address and they take the MAC address and keep it with your registration info. nothing bad or wierd is gonna happen.
 
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skydog

Guest
#11
They called back yesterday. They said they had a new computer system and my info got lost in the shuffle. I just gave it to them. I thought if I didn't that they might raise my bill again. They're good at that.
 
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lechtard

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#12
To find it easier just look on the back of your modem, if you have an external of course .. but then the ISP should tell you how to get it also ...
 

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