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NetworkInterface.GetPhysicalAddress Method

Returns the Media Access Control (MAC) or physical address for this adapter.

Namespace:  System.Net.NetworkInformation
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public virtual PhysicalAddress GetPhysicalAddress()

Return Value

Type: System.Net.NetworkInformation.PhysicalAddress
A PhysicalAddress object that contains the physical address.

The object returned by this method contains an address that is appropriate to the media used to transport data at the data link layer. For example, on an Ethernet network, this method returns the Ethernet hardware address.

The following code example displays the physical addresses of all interfaces on the local computer.

 public static void DisplayTypeAndAddress()
{
    IPGlobalProperties computerProperties = IPGlobalProperties.GetIPGlobalProperties();
    NetworkInterface[] nics = NetworkInterface.GetAllNetworkInterfaces();
    Console.WriteLine("Interface information for {0}.{1}     ",
            computerProperties.HostName, computerProperties.DomainName);
    foreach (NetworkInterface adapter in nics)
    {
        IPInterfaceProperties properties = adapter.GetIPProperties();
        Console.WriteLine(adapter.Description);
        Console.WriteLine(String.Empty.PadLeft(adapter.Description.Length,'='));
        Console.WriteLine("  Interface type .......................... : {0}", adapter.NetworkInterfaceType);
        Console.WriteLine("  Physical Address ........................ : {0}", 
                   adapter.GetPhysicalAddress().ToString());
        Console.WriteLine("  Is receive only.......................... : {0}", adapter.IsReceiveOnly);
        Console.WriteLine("  Multicast................................ : {0}", adapter.SupportsMulticast);
        Console.WriteLine();
      }
   }

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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