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JohnB47
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Is this my MAC code?

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Hi.

 

I know I can get this from my provider (Tesco) but a piece of diagnostic software on my laptop says that my "MAC Address" is XX-Xy-Xy-XX-Xy-Xy, where X is a number and y is a lower case letter.

 

There are two other "MAC IDs" on a label on my wireless router but neither of these is the same as the above. (One is a LAN MAC ID and the other is a WLAN MAC ID).

 

Can I safely assume that the MAC Address mentioned in the software is the MAC number required by BT when asking for a switch to their BB?

 

Thanks.

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A MAC address and a MAC code are completely different things.

 

A MAC address is a unique number used to identify an ethernet device on a network.

 

A MAC code is something you have to ask your ISP for in order to speed up switching internet providers.

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Hi, the MAC code that you quote is not the code required from your ISP, what you have given is the Media Access Control.

Wiki describes this as " MAC addresses are most often assigned by the manufacturer of a network interface card (NIC) and are stored in its hardware"

What you need is the Migratory Access Code.

There is always a lot of confusion with this.

 

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JohnB47
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Thanks to you both - excellent response.

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hamish72
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Migration  Authorisation Code    (MAC) is a 17 to 19-character unique identifier code used by DSL customers when they wish to switch not need for LLU isp,s

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Is it possible to keep my telephone number when leaving BT to go to a new ISP and having a VOIP telephone?

 

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normally yes
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