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MAC address

Can someone please inform me where I find the MAC address on the HP photosmart B209a. It is supposed to be a wireless printer. I have a Netgear wireless router with MAC filtering & need in input the MAC address of the printer. I am aware on other equipment it is on a label on the product or box, but there is nothing of the sort on the printer, just serial No. Please can anyone help before I take it back....Its my 1st HP product & so far I am unimpressed.

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Re: MAC address

If you print a Network Configuration Page, it'll show the MAC Address on it. Select Setup from the display, go to Network\Wireless Settings>View Network Settings\Print Network Configuration Page. Another place is to look for a white label on the back of the printer. This should usually list the MAC Address, along with your serial number.


PS: Mac filtering is really not a good way of securing your network. It's not worth the effort to setup Mac Filtering for all the devices on your network. Just make sure that your wireless network has a WPA-PSK encryption with a really strong WPA key, and this should make your network more secure.

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Re: MAC address

Thank you for your reply. I did actually have a brainwave on the way to bed & remembered I had that paper, on looking I found it. The printer had the label wit the serial no but no sign of the MAC address.

I have now set it up, I have just tried to print a word doc off my laptop, with the default HP printer, now its saying Printer offline & wont print. I have benn upstairs & the printer is on. This is my 1st HP product but the 2nd HP printer I have had problems with, I can feel a return coming on.

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Re: MAC address

MAC filtering is just going to cause problems and offers no real security.  Read more here.


Install WPA-PSK with a strong (13+ character) passphrase and be more secure with a more reliable system.

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Re: MAC address

I am finally up and running havine taken off MAC filtering. Thanks for all your help.

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