April 17, 2000

Name that NIC

Did you know the IEEE is responsibe for the MAC (machine address) of your network card? Click here and punch in the first 6 hex digits of your card (3 bytes) to see the manufacturer.
On a related note, you can also have your card use a different MAC address

ifconfig eth1 hw ether deadbeef0001
(this needs do be done while the card is down for obvious reasons)

now your card will answer all arp requests with DE:AD:BE:EF:00:01.


The kernel performs this trick on most cards by setting the card into promiscuous mode and using software to filter out all MACs that aren't yours which stands to reason it would be slightly slower than just using your real MAC.

Author: Mike Baker
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