With the explosion of work from home and remote learning movements, many have been forced to learn far more about computing and network setups than we ever would have liked. As millions of users adopt Chrome OS as their new operating system, whether by choice or not, the question may arise from time to time, “What is my Chromebook’s IP address?” You may have a device for work and your network administrator has asked for your MAC address in order to allow your device to access a private network.
Whatever the reason, your Chromebook has an IP address and a MAC address, and finding them is as easy as 1,2,3. We’ll cover a few methods to help you retrieve these ID numbers, but first let’s see exactly what they are and how your device uses them.
What is an IP address?
IP or Internet Protocol addresses are unique identifiers assigned to connected devices. Depending on the device and network provider, the numbers can be static or dynamic. The unique number is what identifies your devices and their respective connections to the internet or internal networks. There are two types of IP addresses. The most common is IPV4 which is a 32-bit identifier that usually appears as four sets of numbers separated by decimals. If you’ve ever set up a network printer, you’ll probably recognize an IPV4 address. It looks like this: 192.168.2.1.
The newer IPV6 consists of a 128-bit IP address and was created in response to the growing number of IoT and connected devices around the world. Since there are only a limited number of IPV4 addresses available, IPV6 has grown rapidly over the past few years. Since these numbers are unique to location and ISP, your home IP address will not be the same as the IP address of your office, local cafe, or anywhere else.
What is a MAC address?
MAC, or Media Access Control, is a unique identifier assigned to the network interface card of each device connected to a given network. This number is usually static on a Chromebook, but devices like Android phones, Windows laptops, and others have the option to randomize this address for a higher level of security. If you are working on a secure network and the administrator has configured MAC filtering, you will need to provide your MAC address in order to be authorized to use the network.
Find your Chromebook’s IP address
There are several ways to find your Chromebook’s IP and MAC addresses. We’ll cover IP addresses first, then I’ll show you two ways to find your MAC address. The first method of finding your IP address requires no more than a quick stroll through the Chrome OS settings menu. To get started, click anywhere in the system tray at the bottom right of your Chromebook.
Step 1. Click on the system tray at the bottom right and click on the gear icon to open the Chrome OS settings menu.
Step 2. In the settings menu, click on the Network tab and click on the wireless or wired network your Chromebook is currently connected to.
Step 3. Scroll down and you will see your IP address. In this menu you can set your IP to manual if you need to do custom configurations. By default, this is done automatically.
The browser method
An alternative and honestly faster way to find your IP address is to head straight to the Chrome browser. You can access a plethora of system information from your Chromebook by going to chrome://system in your browser. This comprehensive list will show you information about hardware, device card name, network configurations and more, but for us it’s a perfect way to identify our IP address.
Step 1. Navigate to chrome://system in your Chrome browser.
This is going to bring up a daunting list of things that may seem completely foreign to you. Do not worry. We can find what we need in a jiffy.
Step 2. Press Ctrl+f and search ifconfig in the search field.
Step 3. Click the “expand” box next to ifconfig and locate your IP address.
The IP address will be in the last group under wlan0. It is the first digit after the inet line. This is your IPV4 address. Your IPV6 address, if available, is listed after the inet6 label.
MAC address of your Chromebook
To find your Chromebook MAC address, we will use the same methods as above. The first method takes us back to the Chrome OS settings menu. Follow the steps above to access your network settings for the connected network. Under Network Settings, click the Network tab. Scroll down to the bottom of this tab and you will find your MAC address.
The alternative method is to go back to the Chrome browser and point your URL bar to chrome://system. Following the same steps above, locate the ifconfig tab and click expand. At the bottom of this tab, we can find the MAC address of the device.
The MAC address is the string of numbers located after the “etherlabel. This will be static for now, but in the future Google may add the ability to randomize this number for better security.
I hope this little guide helps you feel more comfortable navigating your Chromebook. Stay tuned for more handy tips like this to help you get the most out of your Chrome OS device and other connected devices. Is there something you’re trying to figure out about your Chromebook? Leave a comment below or send us an email. We’d be happy to help, and maybe your question could help us create more guides like this.