Need Info

My ISP said my internet is MAC Binded.
So I cannot use the connection on other laptop.

Now I am planning to format & reinstall the system.
I want to know if the system is formatted & reinstalled, ISP have to MAC Bind again for connection?

ISP charges 1000 INR for every MAC Bind.

Win 7 64

Your MAC address stays the same. It uniquely identifies a single piece of hardware.

The MAC is hard-coded into your NIC (Network Interface Card) so even if you re-install windows the MAC address will remain the same.

Several routers have the ability to use the MAC address of a PC on the internal LAN - specifically to get around MAC bindings like this.

Alternatively, you can “change” the MAC address. See How to Change a Computer's Mac Address in Windows (with Pictures) - the third method discussed is the easiest way.

Hope this helps,
Ewen :slight_smile:

Routers - I know, clone MAC option is there.

Direct Connection . without router, I asked.

So I can change MAC on my system.
How does my ISP does this from his office?

It’s nothing to do with your ISP - other than the fact that he has bound your current MAC address to your internet connection.

You will need to do the following;

  1. Record the MAC address of the system that currently connects to the internet
  2. Change the MAC address on THAT system to something else.
  3. Record the MAC address of your other system.
  4. Change the MAC on your other PC to the MAC address recorded in step 1.
  5. Connect your other system to the internet.
  6. Your other system will now present a “known” MAC address to your ISP.

Hope this helps,
Ewen :slight_smile: