How to Find MAC Address for Common Devices

The BSU_IoT network will be for all devices that cannot be logged into using a BSU Username and Password and require a single password. At this time, only digital personal assistants will be permitted to use the IOT Network.

Customers will need the MAC Address for devices they are trying to connect to the Internet of Things (BSU_IoT). The MAC Address is the device specific address that we can use to identify the device and give permissions to each device to access the network thus controlling access and making the network more secure. We also require MAC Addresses for Firewall Port requests as well so customers may need instruction for that as well.

MAC Addresses have the format of twelve hexadecimal numbers and should look like this: 00:0D:0A:1H:3G:5C

Please Note: The BSU_IoT network will not be accessible for gaming consoles or Smart TVs and Streaming Devices and those devices will connect to BSU_Gaming. For those other device types please see: 

IoT Network Compatible Devices

Amazon Echo Devices 

If Setting up Echo for the first time

  1. Download the Amazon Alexa app to your phone or on computer
  2. Sign in with your Amazon account.
  3. Connect to the wireless network transmitted by your Echo device.
  4. The wireless MAC address for your Echo can be found at the bottom of the Echo Setup screen in the Alexa app.

If changing WiFi networks on an already set up Echo Device

  1. In the Alexa app on your phone, open the left navigation panel and then select Settings.
  2. Select your device and then select Update Wi-Fi.
  3. On your Echo device, press and hold the Action button until the light ring changes to orange. Your mobile device will then connect to your Echo device.
  4. A list of available Wi-Fi networks appears in the app.
  5. Select ANY Wi-Fi networkScroll down on this screen until you see the MAC address. 

Apple HomePod

To get the Apple HomePod MAC address this information has to be gathered by an external method. There is no built in way for the HomePod to provide the MAC Address through the app. To find the MAC Address, you will require a hotspot of some sort (a second phone set up to be a hotspot will work as well but it cannot be the phone you are using to set up) to connect the HomePod to first. It may be preferable for the customer to come to the Service Center for in-person assistance.  

To find the MAC Address:

  1. Set up the Wireless Hotspot or Second Phone as a hotspot
  2. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the wireless hotspot. Also, make sure that the iOS device has Bluetooth turned on. 
  3. Plug in the HomePod and wait for a chime and a pulsing white light to appear on the top of HomePod. This is to signal that the HomePod is ready to set up.
  4. If you don't see the set up screen, you can manually set up HomePod:
    • Just open the Home app
    • Tap 
    • Tap Add Accessory 
    • Tap Don't Have a Code or Can't Scan at the bottom 
    • Then tap HomePod and follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. Unlock your iOS device and hold it next to HomePod. Tap Set Up when it appears on your iOS device's screen.
  6. Complete the Set Up to the Wireless Hotspot by following on-screen instructions
  7. Go into the settings of the wireless hotspot and look at the list of connected devices. Select the HomePod and view the details there to find the MAC Address
  8. Once you have the MAC Address, reset the HomePod (so it is ready to be connected to the IoT) by removing it from the Home app by doing the following:
    1. Open the Home app on the iOS device signed in with the Apple ID used to set up HomePod.
    2. In the Home or Rooms tab 
    3. Press and hold HomePod 
    4. Tap Details
    5. Scroll to the bottom and tap Remove Accessory.

Non IoT Network Compatible Devices

Gaming Consoles 

How to Find MAC Addresses for Common Gaming Consoles 

Smart TV's and Streaming Devices 

How to Find MAC Address for Smart TV's and Streaming Devices 


Also Smart devices will not be able to connect to smart plugs, smart light bulbs etc as BSU does not allow Peer to Peer connections for security reasons. 

Here is how to find the MAC Address on some of the common devices that will be allowed to connect to BSU_IoT: 



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