Windows 10: Random Hardware Addresses (missing wi-fi feature)

  1.    10 Jan 2018 #1

    Random Hardware Addresses (missing wi-fi feature)


    Hi. As you can see, I don't have the above feature showing. Can it be made to show or is there a command prompt instruction to toggle it? Thank you.
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       10 Jan 2018 #2

    I'm not sure if that's a feature available on a PC. @Brink's tutorial on the subject only talks about Windows 10 Mobile...
    When you’re not connected to WiFi, your phone will periodically send out a signal for WiFi networks in the area to help you get connected.
    Wi-Fi Random Hardware Addresses - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 Mobile
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  3.    10 Jan 2018 #3

    It's not phone dependent. But it does depend on your WiFi card supporting the feature. What card are you using?

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    Edit: Just checked that my Broadcom 4352 card does not support this.
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       10 Jan 2018 #4

    PolarNettles said: View Post
    Edit: Just checked that my Broadcom 4352 card does not support this.
    Apparently none of mine do either. Qualcom Atheros AR9285 & AR9002WB-1NG
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  5.    10 Jan 2018 #5

    Bree said: View Post
    Apparently none of mine do either. Qualcom Atheros AR9285 & AR9002WB-1NG
    Maybe it's an Intel thing then. I haven't been able to find much documentation on this feature.
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  6.    10 Jan 2018 #6

    I've got an Edimax Nano USB adapter. Had a quick google but can't see if it should support it or not...
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       10 Jan 2018 #7

    dortmunder said: View Post
    I've got an Edimax Nano USB adapter. Had a quick google but can't see if it should support it or not...
    On closer examination, it appears I can manually set any address I want, so my adapter supports it...

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    Apparently, the support for Random Hardware Address...
    ...is 100% a driver supplied option. When you updated it may have given you the latest drivers from Windows Update, and that feature may only be in the drivers directly from the card maker.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/c...eators_update/
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  8.    10 Jan 2018 #8

    Almost all network adapter drivers (wired and wireless) have the capability of overriding the hardware MAC address. Linux already has a similar MAC address randomizer capability that isn't card-specific. So I don't know what Windows is doing differently with this feature.
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       10 Jan 2018 #9

    PolarNettles said: View Post
    ...So I don't know what Windows is doing differently with this feature.
    Maybe it was left out of the driver, so it's no available to Windows?
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