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Posted 7 Dec 2006

Network Adapter MAC / IP Address Info Display Application Using C# and .NET

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Network Adapter MAC / IP Address Info Display Application in C# .NET

Sample Image - AdapterInfo.jpg


The AdapterInfo project is a simple C# .NET project that will report the "friendly" adapter name, the IP address assigned, and the physical (MAC) address for the user. This is helpful when an application needs to retrieve the MAC address for a certain IP address, or vice versa, when having only one piece of the puzzle. The project also demonstrates simple registry reads.

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I found it advantageous to write this application because of the fact that the MAC address of a network adapter is not stored in an easy to get to location, such as the Registry. So, I needed a mechanism to connect the IP address of an adapter to the MAC address of it. Once the two are "matched", I then have the MAC address for my use. This is done by retrieving the "AdapterName" field form the IP_Adapter_Addresses data structure.

IntPtr PAdaptersAddresses = new IntPtr();
bool AdapterFound = false;
uint pOutLen = 100;

PAdaptersAddresses = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(100);
uint ret = GetAdaptersAddresses(0, 0, (IntPtr)0, 
               PAdaptersAddresses, ref pOutLen);

// if 111 error, use 
if (ret == 111)
    PAdaptersAddresses = Marshal.AllocHGlobal((int) pOutLen);
    ret = GetAdaptersAddresses(0, 0, (IntPtr)0, 
                               PAdaptersAddresses, ref pOutLen);

IP_Adapter_Addresses adds = new IP_Adapter_Addresses();
IntPtr pTemp = PAdaptersAddresses;
IntPtr pTempIP = new IntPtr();

while (pTemp != (IntPtr)0)
    Marshal.PtrToStructure(pTemp, adds);
    string adapterName = Marshal.PtrToStringAnsi(adds.AdapterName);
    string FriendlyName = Marshal.PtrToStringAuto(adds.FriendlyName);
    string tmpString = string.Empty;
    for (int i = 0; i < 6; i++)
        tmpString += string.Format("{0:X2}", adds.PhysicalAddress[i]);
        if (i < 5)
            tmpString += ":";

    RegistryKey theLocalMachine = Registry.LocalMachine; 
    RegistryKey theSystem = theLocalMachine.OpenSubKey(@"SYSTEM\Current" + 
    RegistryKey theInterfaceKey = theSystem.OpenSubKey(adapterName); 

    if (theInterfaceKey != null)
        string DhcpIPAddress = (string)theInterfaceKey.GetValue("DhcpIPAddress");
        // system is using DHCP
        if (DhcpIPAddress != null)
            string tArray = (string)
            theInterfaceKey.GetValue("DhcpIPAddress", theInterfaceKey);
            AdapterInfoTextBox.Text += "Network adapter: " + 
                                       FriendlyName.ToString() + "\r\n";
            AdapterInfoTextBox.Text += "IP Address: " + tArray + "\r\n";
            AdapterInfoTextBox.Text += "MAC Address: " + tmpString + "\r\n\r\n";
            AdapterFound = true;
            string[] tArray = (string[])
            theInterfaceKey.GetValue("IPAddress", theInterfaceKey);
            AdapterInfoTextBox.Text += "Network adapter: " + 
                                       FriendlyName.ToString() + "\r\n";
            for (int Interface = 0; Interface < tArray.Length; Interface++)
                AdapterInfoTextBox.Text += "IP Address: " + 
                                           tArray[Interface] + "\r\n";
                AdapterFound = true;
            AdapterInfoTextBox.Text += "MAC Address: " + tmpString + "\r\n\r\n";
    pTemp = adds.Next;

if (AdapterFound != true)
    AdapterInfoTextBox.Text += "No network adapters configured/present\r\n";


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Brian Riek
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Software design and architecture for desktop and web solutions.

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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
vinu ep15-Apr-13 0:07
membervinu ep15-Apr-13 0:07 
Questionget inf from network card only Pin
imans6222-Jun-10 21:33
memberimans6222-Jun-10 21:33 
GeneralThe recommended method of calling the GetAdaptersAddresses... Pin
Jeffrey Walton2-Jun-10 11:57
memberJeffrey Walton2-Jun-10 11:57 
Generali am not getting the exact ip address Pin
Gop'z14-Aug-07 3:19
memberGop'z14-Aug-07 3:19 
GeneralRe: i am not getting the exact ip address Pin
Brian D. Riek14-Aug-07 9:33
memberBrian D. Riek14-Aug-07 9:33 
GeneralRe: i am not getting the exact ip address Pin
Brian D. Riek10-Oct-07 15:05
memberBrian D. Riek10-Oct-07 15:05 
GeneralEasier way Pin
Garth Watkins7-Mar-07 0:26
memberGarth Watkins7-Mar-07 0:26 
GeneralRe: Easier way Pin
Brian D. Riek23-Apr-07 10:47
memberBrian D. Riek23-Apr-07 10:47 
GeneralRe: Easier way Pin
lextm9-Jul-07 22:36
memberlextm9-Jul-07 22:36 
GeneralRe: Easier way Pin
Brian D. Riek19-Jul-07 7:18
memberBrian D. Riek19-Jul-07 7:18 
GeneralThanx! this is Simple but useful article Pin
hackrogenius30-Dec-06 22:13
memberhackrogenius30-Dec-06 22:13 
GeneralRe: Thanx! this is Simple but useful article Pin
Gop'z14-Aug-07 0:25
memberGop'z14-Aug-07 0:25 

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