How do you ping a MAC address?


Quick Answer

It is not possible to directly ping a Mac address. However, it is possible to get the IP address from a Mac address using the "ARP command" in Windows, and that IP address can be pinged.

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How do you ping a MAC address?
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Full Answer

  1. Run the command prompt

    Click on the Start button, and click Run. Type "cmd" in the text box, and press Enter. This opens a DOS command prompt window.

  2. Run the ARP command

    Type "arp" in the command prompt, and hit Enter. This provides a list of all available commands that can be used with the arp command. Type "arp -a" in the command prompt. This gives a list of all the Mac addresses and their associated IP addresses.

  3. Find the IP address for a Mac address

    Locate the specific Mac address from the list provided by the command prompt. The Mac addresses are listed on the second column under the "physical address" title with their associated IP addresses listed in the first column.

  4. Ping the IP address

    Once the IP address is found, ping that IP address by typing "ping" and the IP address in the command prompt window. For example, if an IP address is, type "ping" to ping the command.

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