Tracking user by MAC address

May 19, 2010 at 10:02:26
Specs: OS/2
I've heard you cannot track a user by their MAC address if they are on an Apple machine. Only MS Windows will work. Is this true?

I want to limit how many times a user can download something. Thanks!

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May 19, 2010 at 10:16:25
You cannot track a MAC address over the Internet on any computer at all, not even Windows.

The MAC address is part of the Ethernet protocol and once you are outside your Local Area Network the MAC address plays no part in anything.

The only way you can control what a user does is via IP address with all the vagaries that involves.


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May 19, 2010 at 11:51:56
I only want to track users on my landing page.

If they come back multiple times I want to limit their ability to download. (I know after they do it once thy can copy it but I thought this might deter download abuse.)

Thank you.

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