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Old 08-23-2004, 11:39 PM   #1
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MAC address? DHCP - Home Network

How do I find my MAC address?
I tried the /sbin># ifconfig -a
but I get: "bash: ifconfig: command not found " (even as root/su)

As a noob to Linux; All I want to do it be able to surf the web (for starteres) on my laptop (running Fedora Core 2) from my Home Network (DLink DI-604 Router).
DHCP on the Laptop NIC didn't discover so I put in a static IP. This let me ping the router and other PC's but there was no DHCP entry in the router. I tried to put a static DHCP entry in but it wanted the MAC.

Anyone have any suggestions (besides going back to MSWindows)?

Thanks, l8r.
Old 08-23-2004, 11:45 PM   #2
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Nevermind, I found it using a DOS prompt (>arp) from my windows machine and then again thru the GUI on the Linux box.

...I'm online, but it took a little trial-and-error.......

....I told you I was a noob.

Last edited by ntwkthtbtch; 08-24-2004 at 12:07 AM.
Old 08-24-2004, 08:08 AM   #3
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You donot need root privelegs to just run 'ifconfig'. You will need the privelege only when you are about to set some values using it. Below is the output from my server.
<ravip@lfx1> (Tue Aug 24 08:03:59) [/netsim/bsdnfs05/ravip]
$ /sbin/ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:40:F4:51:39:2E
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:8142793 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:8951145 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          RX bytes:329376235 (314.1 Mb)  TX bytes:2539672855 (2422.0 Mb)
          Interrupt:17 Base address:0x5000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:  Mask:
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:1392814 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1392814 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:99483472 (94.8 Mb)  TX bytes:99483472 (94.8 Mb)
All you have to do is to run '/sbin/ifconfig'.

'arp' will give you the MAC address of all the neighbour nodes as well.


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