In this post we will discuss on a handy command on Windows PC to find out MAC address of Access Point the user is connected to. This is going to be pretty simple.
Start with command prompt and issue below command –
C:\Users\ipwithease>netsh wlan show interfaces
As shown above, the MAC address of Access Point is under BSSID i.e. “c4:12:f5:40:a5:04”
Infact on further drilling down on my home Wireless System where Internet Router is also provising the functionality of Access Point , lets see if The default Gateway and Access Point MAC address is same –
Once again, under command prompt following command is issued –
Step 1 –
Find out IP address of Default Gateway (which is working both as Internet Router and Access Point)
Step 2 –
View the Mac Address of IP
C:\Users\ipwithease>arp –a 192.168.0.1
From the out , we see the MAC address of Internet Router (arp –a 192.168.0.1) and Access Point (netsh wlan show interfaces) are the same ie c4-12-f5-40-a5-04.
However scenario will be different when Access Point and Default Gateway are physical different devices ie BSSID and ARP out entry of Default Gateway will show different MAC addresses.