Posted 15 March 2006 - 09:14 PM
It was my understanding that MAC addresses were burned into ROM whatever they were on and could not be changed, and in fact they cannot be. What the above post is recommending is spoofing the MAC address.
Windows doesn't establish the MAC address of the adapter, in this case the ethernet adapter. It is burned in by the manufacturer. The MAC address, as far as I know, is also one of the keys that Windows authenticator relies on to authenticate your op system. Spoofing it might impact that.
Spoofing the MAC address that the computer issues when queried still doesn't change the unique identifier burned into in the ethernet adapter
when it was manufactured, and spoofing can be detected if the MAC address isn't conforming to the standard format. Doing so may violate agreements made with or mandates made by the ISP, in this case the college authority. Not recommended.