Get ethernet MAC address without powering on machine?

szii at szii at
Tue Jun 4 14:44:53 PDT 2002

Most have the address printed/attached somewhere via sticker
or on the board itself.  

You -could- crack the case and physically look, but I don't know 
that it's any less effort.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Josip Loncaric" <josip at>
To: "Jim Meyer" <purp at>
Cc: "Beowulf Mailing List" <beowulf at>
Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2002 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: Get ethernet MAC address without powering on machine?

> Jim Meyer wrote:
> > 
> > This leads me to my question: anyone know of a clever way to get the MAC
> > address from an ethernet device without needing to power the machine up,
> > load an OS, and probe around a bit.
> Some people use their managed ethernet switches to collect MAC
> addresses.  You may want to explore this possibility (I haven't).
> Sincerely,
> Josip
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