What s the difference between MAC address and IP address?

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  1. v2club macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2011
    1. What s the difference between MAC address and IP address?
    2. Which one should I change in order to watch videos that aren't available in my location?
    3. How exactly to do so?
    4. Is that illegal?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    1. MAC address is tied to your network hardware and is unique. IP address is random and given to you by your ISP and varies from connection to connection.
    A www search engine can offer you more detailed information though.
    2. IP address.
    3. Proxy server or HotspotShield, again, a www search engine might prove helpful in finding these.
    4. No.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    MAC address - IP address
    You can't change your MAC address, and changing your IP address using a proxy server may or may not work.
  4. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009

    If you were to proxy to a server with a public address inside the country where the content is available, that content would be available to you. Unless those proxy/vpn servers have been blacklisted.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    1. Mac address is assigned to your computer by your network hardware, it isn't changeable. IP is giving to you by whichever way you connect to the internet, usually your ISP.

    2. IP, they are location based, if you connect, say in Canada, you're most likely connected through a server which is located in Canada as well.

    3. Through a proxy, Hotspot shield is free and ad-supported, for example, there may be other options which are free and as good or better. Connecting through a proxy will "spoof" your IP to whichever website you're connecting to. A proxy located in the United States would allow you to use things such as Pandora in Canada.

    4. Not too sure on this one, I'd err on the side of caution.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That doesn't always work, as some sites block proxy servers, as you added.

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