my laptop got stolen and want the mac address

Dell Inspiron black 15r notebook
September 23, 2011 at 05:42:13
Specs: Windows 7, t3100 dual core intel/1gb
did not write down physical address[mac] of dell inspiron 1545 laptop and dell will or can not give me it nor will virginmedia my internet provider[isp] and since i have been with them a year could the the mac address be traced to the netgear smdg280 wireless router,can it store previous mac addresses accepted in my home[network] as other computers will have been used there also or is there any other way to find it,thanks dan

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September 23, 2011 at 05:56:34
A MAC address cannot be traced on the Internet. This address more or less uniquely identifies a computer (it can often be changed) but the problem is that it never travels very far. The MAC address of a computer you are using will never get beyond your ISP, and in a typical case not even that far.

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September 23, 2011 at 09:19:35
Look in your router configuration and see if the devices are showing. They may, depending on your router.

I'd be more concerned with data stored on the laptop.

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October 11, 2011 at 12:22:35
do you know if my stolen laptop was not changed in anyway hardware or software is there still a way of tracking it on the internet like the way american police tracked scottish hacker mckinnon who was hacking into pentagon and military files in america last year or so.

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October 11, 2011 at 12:38:25
Mckinnon was tracked through his IP address. Although not something that ordinary users can do but with the resources available to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies it can be done. Most notably by a court order to an ISP compelling them to revels information as to who was using a particular IP address at a particular time.

This will do absolutely nothing to track a stolen laptop.


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October 11, 2011 at 12:40:27
if you had the resources of the US govt/FBI you could.

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