Apple ID Question(s)

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  1. StevieB macrumors member

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    My iMAC and MacBook Pro both have an 'Airport ID' and an 'Ethernet ID' and a 'Bluetooth ID'

    I understand the 'Airport ID' is the MAC address of the computer. Is that accurate?

    And then what is the Ethernet ID and the Bluetooth ID?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Where to you see such "ID"?

    And again, I linked you to an article describing what a MAC address is, and also described it to you in simple words, in your other thread, a MAC address is a unique identifier for network interfaces.
    As AirPort (WiFi) is a unique network interface, it has its own unique MAC address. The same goes for Ethernet. And the same goes for Bluetooth.

    An Introduction to MAC Addressing
     
  3. StevieB thread starter macrumors member

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    I did read what you sent . . . thanks!

    The ID info can be found in multiple locations, among them are: (1) Computer/Product Box label, (2) About This MAC > Network > Locations, (3) Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    I currently don't have any Mac box to look onto*, thus I don't know what you mean, but the "Locations" in System Profiler are the locations you can set in System Preferences > Network and the ones you can then select in the Menu Bar under :apple: > Location.
    I don't know what you see in Terminal though, maybe you can clarify it.

    But what I forgot to add in your other thread, Firewire is also network capable, thus it also has a unique MAC address.

    Maybe you can explain more thoroughly?

    * This perhaps?
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  5. StevieB thread starter macrumors member

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    No, it's actually the box label that also includes the bar code, serial number etc.

    I'm obviously no expert in this area so I can't help you with complete 'Terminal' info deciphering.

    I'm still looking for answers to my ID question?.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Can you provide a photograph (by yourself)?

    But what brought you to Terminal then?
    Care to share links or screenshots?

    Sorry I can't give you a better answer, but I am still confused what you actually mean and where you have read it.
    If you can provide that information (screenshot, photo, ...) maybe we'll know what you actually mean.

    I guess the answer about MAC address and Locations has nothing to do with what you call "Apple ID"?
    Because an "Apple ID" is normally this: https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Your system has THREE MAC addresses.
    If you are connecting to the net/router via ethernet cable, then your MAC address is that of the ethernet port.
    If you are connecting to the net/router via wireless (airport), then your MAC address is that of the airport port.
    If you are connecting to the net/router via bluetooth, then your MAC address is that of the bluetooth port.

    I remember the box from my last MBP - there was a sticker with all of the addresses plus the machine serial number, plus other things.

    If you were connecting to the net via wireless(airport) and then set up internet connection sharing (or whatever it's called) via ethernet, then other computer connecting to your ethernet cable would see the ethernet address as the address.

    The MAC addresses are hardwired to the interface and do not change.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    A MacBook Pro with Firewire has four MAC addresses, maybe even five with ThunderBolt.
     
  9. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Your computer doesn't have a MAC address, however each of your networking interfaces does.
    Wireless, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and Firewire are all (potentially) networking interfaces and therefore each have their own MAC address.
     
  10. StevieB thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks old-wiz, Darth.Titan and simsaladimbamba.
     

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