What is your Anki Vector MAC Address? How do you find it? Why does it matter? Find out here in Kinvert’s article on Vector’s MAC Address.
Updated Jan 10th 2019 after changes to the firmware made by Anki.
What is a MAC Address?
MAC address stands for Media Access Control Address. Each device will have a unique alpha numeric ID.
These are used in networking so different devices can be identified.
So, for example, if I always want to be able to reach my Linux server at 192.168.1.34, I tell my router the MAC address of the server and tell the router to reserve that IP address for only that MAC address.
There will be multiple uses for Vector’s MAC address. We’ll talk about that toward the end of this article.
Finding Vector’s MAC Address
How To Find Vector’s MAC Address:
- Put Vector on his charger and wait for him to fully boot
- Double click the button on his back
- You should see a screen with Vector’s 4 digit number (NOT a MAC address)
- Raise and lower Vector’s lift
- Move Vector’s head down then back up (This is a NEW STEP and is NOT in the video)
- You should now see his IP address and other information
- Tap the button on Vector’s back
- The MAC address should now be visible
If Anki makes an update after this article is published, keep in mind you might need to tap the button on Vector’s back more or fewer times to get the MAC address.
If you leave Vector idle too long, the screen could stop showing the MAC address and you might have to repeat this process.
Why Might You Need It?
There have been a few times I needed the MAC address for something. Most notably in college to use the Wifi, we’d have to give the tech department our MAC address so they’d know it was our device.
So a lot of people in colleges trying to register their device will need to know how to find Vector’s MAC address so they can tell the tech department.
The MAC address is very useful if you’re trying to do things with Vector on a network.
Related Articles You Might Be Interested In
Kinvert writes a lot about Vector, as well as Cozmo. In addition, we write about STEM education in general.
If you’re interested in Vector’s MAC address, there is a fairly high chance you’ll want to read about the Anki Vector SDK. This enables you to program Vector in Python.
We have lots of Vector Examples showing you how to code him in Python and we’re always working on more.
If Python isn’t your thing, or you’re new to coding and want to get started, check out our article on Block Coding.
If you want to know some of the basics about robotics, you can check out What is Robotics?
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