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Windows 7 change MAC address of USB WLAN adapter

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Hi there,

I could do with finding a way to change the MAC address of my USB WLAN adapter.  I'm using Win7 Pro x64 and have tried the following 2 methods with no luck:

1. Control Panel->device Manage->Network Adapter->Adv.->Network Address, put some values in the text box
2. Change the register key value, like link here: http://www.windowsreference.com/networking/how-to-change-mac-address-in-windows-registry/

I am using CMD 'ipconfig /all' to determine if the change has worked.

Whatever I do the standard MAC remains when I issue the 'ipconfig /all' command.

Any ideas?

Cheers, Andy
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Ah, think I've found a solution.  Method 2 detailed above works if I adhere to the following:

xy:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx

x = any character
y = 2 or 6 or A or E

Does anyone know of a solution where I haven't got to follow the above rules?
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by:netballi
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Can you tell us what is the make & model of this USB WLAN adapter also are you trying to apply mac address masking on to your USB WLan adapter?
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by:andrewprouse
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It is a D-Link DWA-160.  I'm not trying to 'mask' the address, I'm trying to change the MAC string displayed when I issue the ipconfig command.
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by:netballi
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a simple command on command line

"IPconfig /all" should do the trick if you are trying to just find the mac address of all the adapters in your system.

It would be listed as physical address.
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by:andrewprouse
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I'm trying to CHANGE the MAC address (not view it)
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by:netballi
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Every network device has a unique MAC address it cannot be changed.

The only way around is to mask or Clone the MAC address so that external devices thinks the network traffice is coming from a particular MAC address.


following link might help

http://www.dslreports.com/faq/5069
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by:Darr247
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In my experience, changing the Locally Administered MAC Address in windows doesn't actually DO anything, though making that change in linux on the same adapters DOES work.
Which indicates to me that microsoft ignores that part of the driver... some manufacturers don't even put that configuration option in their windows drivers anymore.
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In summary, post 2 above is the closest I can get to a comprehensive solution. The software I am trying to use is working with this method so all is good :)
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