Touch lost/stolen: tracing MAC address

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by jkiske, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. jkiske macrumors newbie

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    Recently, my touch was lost/stolen during my hockey practice :( , but I know the mac address for the device, so I was wondering if there was any way to see if that address has accessed any network recently, or if Apple keeps a database of the MAC addresses in use. If I could do this then i could trace the network and find out where it is being used.
    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  2. Pathfinder55 macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure. But sorry to hear that you lost it. (btw) I play hockey too.
     
  3. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

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    Mac addresses normally don't leave the local network so are untracable. The exception is ipv6 EUI-64 addresses which contain the mac address, but the touch doesn't support ipv6 anyway so that's a nonstarter.
     
  4. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Can't help you with your MAC address, but have you reported the serial number to Apple, as stolen?
     
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  6. Nats16 macrumors member

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    Awwww that really sucks :( you should report it to apple.
     
  7. tennez macrumors regular

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    Men sorry to hear that!!
    Tell the cops...report it to apple too
     
  8. Arisian macrumors 68000

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  9. Arisian macrumors 68000

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    finally someone who actually knows what they are talking about in reference to a MAC address. Thanks for your intelligent comment (seriously, no sarcasm)

    Arisian
     
  10. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    I know what you mean, everyone thinks MAC addresses are referring to the Mac computers, gets really annoying.

    And sorry to hear about the iPod.
     
  11. Arisian macrumors 68000

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    hehe, thats also true but I was refering to how people think that you can 'track' down just about anyone with an ip address. MAC addresses do uniquely identify the NIC but good luck finding the person.

    anywho, last thing I want is to start a conversation about that again
     
  12. weckart macrumors 68040

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    You report stolen goods to the police, not Apple. That is all that Apple has to say on the matter.
     
  13. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    No, if you report the serial number to apple as stolen then will keep a look out if it is booked in for repair anywhere, or if anyone calls Apple Care, or anything like that.

    :rolleyes:
     
  14. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    Yeah, because someone will really register a stolen iPod with Apple... Reminds me of when someone stole a XBOX, realized they didnt take the power cable, phoned Microsoft for a new one, gave their details and XBOX serial number and got arrested :D

    EDIT: Linkage
     
  15. Arisian macrumors 68000

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    ill show my ignorance but do they really do that?
     
  16. jkiske thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I already filed a police report, but who (at apple) do I call to report it as stolen. Is there a phone number for that or do I just go to the store.
    Thanks for the help guys
     
  17. weckart macrumors 68040

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    The hell Apple will. I speak from personal experience.

    Here, straight from the horse's mouth:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300066
     

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