Using MAC address filtering to add an extra layer of security to your WiFi network?
Need to know the MAC address of your shiny new Windows Phone 7 device?
You’re out of luck!
There is a rather illuminating discussion on Microsoft Answers – MAC address for WP7 Devices – that sheds light on the issue…
A WP7 customer asks:
I wanted to connect my WP7 device to my home WiFi. However, I will need to know the MAC address of the WP7 before I can connect.
Can anyone let me know where to get it?
Johan van Mierlo (a Microsoft MVP Windows Phone Specialist) replies with:
Yup, they only way is to make sure your wireless network is visible, connect with WEP or other security and afterward make your network invisible again.
Another couple of customers comment:
seems like microsoft just “forgot” to implement that…
I cannot believe this was missed..
My thoughts exactly.
Microsoft, are you for real? You don’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to security and the only way of obtaining the WiFi MAC address of a WP7 device is to disable security?
A leopard never changes its spots!