finding someone's mac address on the internet

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by apoena, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. apoena

    apoena Network Guru Member

    I got my laptop stolen a few months back and so far my insurance company is giving me the run around. Now they are saying they are waiting to see if my mac address shows up somewhere online.... before I go in there and start kicking ass, can you guys confirm that's impossible? I'm not a pro at networking, but as far as I know, only your server or your router knows what your mac address is, and from then on all your packages are handled by ip addresses, right? so only an isp would be able to look for a "black listed mac address".... the other thing that pissed me off was that tey told me they would call dell and get the mac address from them..... which I seriously doubt they would keep all their mac addresses ever sold along with a list of who they sold it to....

    anyways, I think they don't believe I got robbed and they are trying to scare me from ever using that computer again in case I still have it....

    please comment :)
  2. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    You are right. The MAC address of your laptop is not being transmitted over the internet.

    Not even your ISP can see the MAC address. Because usually you are connecting through another device like a cable modem or dsl modem to the internet. So the ISP might be able to see the MAC address of the cable modem, but not the MAC of the laptop behind the modem.
  3. apoena

    apoena Network Guru Member

    Well, I know cable modems pass through your mac address - at least some do for sure. That's how our cable company does the autentication of who is allowed to sign in or not. In order for someone to connect to our cable service they have to have the same mac address of the original computer that signed up for the service.... so we use the "clone mac address" feature on our router.

    But anyways.... does anyone know if ISP's watch for certain mac addresses that have been reported stolen? or if you can really get your mac address from your computer manufacturer?

    Man, insurance companies piss me off......
  4. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    you should ask the insurence company what happens if the use a wireless nic, then what??

    i would go to the insurence company and i would seriouly f****k someone up. the whole point of a insurance company would be to insure your property incase anything happens to it. and something did happen a laptop was stolen.

    or take it to the better bussiness buero

    btw what is the name of the insurence company so i never do any bussiness with them.
  5. apoena

    apoena Network Guru Member

    sorry, I was gone for a few days....

    the insurance company is State Farm, and yeah.... as soon as I get this claim figured out I'm droping them the next minute
  6. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    wow and state farm is what everyone i know uses. oh well. there are plenty of other insurence companies.
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