I am using an older laptop that I converted from windows xp to ubuntu 14.04, so my question is about what Hardware address should I use to connect to my college network? The reason I ask is because instead of being given a password to connect to the network, we are told to record the mac address and wait for approval. So I know that when I use ifconfig I am given two mac addresses, one under the eth0 category and the other under the wlan category. Any input would be greatly appreciated.


WLAN stands for Wireless Local Area Network, as opposed to eth0, which stands for ethernet, which is a physical network cable.

It's probably wlan0, as it's the first WiFi card (your machine likely only has one).


It is your wlan mac address...

  • I had figured, and thanks for clearing that up for me! :) – JmSketch May 3 '16 at 0:55

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