identify similarities and differences between a MAC address and an IP address

Saturday, 24 September, 2022


  • Both are used to identify a computer or a device
  • Both are unique


  • an IP address can be changed (dynamic) but a MAC address if fixed
  • MAC stands for Media Access Control address whereas IP stands for Internet Protocol Address
  • MAC Address operates in the data link layer whereas IP Address operates in the network layer.
  • MAC address is a physical address whereas IP address is a logical address
  • NIC manufacturer provides the MAC address while IP addresses is provided by the internet service provider

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