Here’s a quick guide to finding your GoPro’s MAC address, the unique hardware address that every network interface card has.
This isn’t something most people will ever need. It’s certainly not needed in normal day-to-day shooting with your GoPro. But if you happen to be hacking some kind of network or remote setup and need your GoPro’s MAC address, here’s how to do it.
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Turn on the GoPro’s wireless connection using the usual procedure.
Using a laptop or desktop, connect to your GoPro via wifi using the wifi SSID and password provided on your camera. Depending on the camera model, the procedure for this varies. On some models, like the newer HERO5 and HERO6 models, it’s generated by the camera. On older models, you can choose your own password. The ins and outs of this are outside the scope of this post–and, frankly, if you’re looking for the camera’s MAC address, it’s unlikely you need help with the wifi password–but you can find guides for the various models here.
Once you’re connected, open a browser on your computer and enter this URL in the browser address bar:
You should then get a white screen with some code that looks something like this:
What you’re looking for is the 12-digit string in the
ap_mac field, which in this case is
To convert that to the standard MAC address format, break out each pair of digits, like this:
0x06 0x41 0x69 0x3e 0x30 0x80
I haven’t been able to get this method to work when connecting a smartphone–only with a computer.
I haven’t tested this method with every GoPro model, and obviously it’s not going to work for the models that don’t have wifi capabilities.