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7.2.7 Lab – View Network Device MAC Addresses Answers
Lab – View Network Device MAC Addresses (Answers Version)
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Part 1: Configure Devices and Verify Connectivity
Part 2: Display, Describe, and Analyze Ethernet MAC Addresses
Background / Scenario
Every device on an Ethernet LAN is identified by a Layer 2 MAC address. This address is assigned by the manufacturer and stored in the firmware of the NIC. This lab will explore and analyze the components that make up a MAC address, and how you can find this information on a switch and a PC.
You will cable the equipment as shown in the topology. You will configure the switch and PC to match the addressing table. You will verify your configurations by testing for network connectivity.
After the devices have been configured and network connectivity has been verified, you will use various commands to retrieve information from the devices to answer questions about your network equipment.
Note: The switches used are Cisco Catalyst 2960s with Cisco IOS Release 15.2(2) (lanbasek9 image). Other switches and Cisco IOS versions can be used. Depending on the model and Cisco IOS version, the commands available and the output produced might vary from what is shown in the labs.
Note: Make sure that the switches have been erased and have no startup configurations. If you are unsure, ask your Answers.
Answers Note: Refer to the Answers Lab Manual for the procedures to initialize and reload devices.
- 1 Switch (Cisco 2960 with Cisco IOS Release 15.2(2) lanbasek9 image or comparable)
- 1 PC (Windows with a terminal emulation program, such as Tera Term)
- Console cable to configure the Cisco switch via the console ports
- Ethernet cables as shown in the topology
Part 1:Configure Devices and Verify Connectivity
In this part, you will set up the network topology and configure basic settings, such as the interface IP addresses and device name. For device name and address information, refer to the Topology and Addressing Table.
Step 1:Cable the network as shown in the topology.
- Attach the devices shown in the topology and cable as necessary.
- Power on all the devices in the topology.
Step 2:Configure the IPv4 address for the PC.
- Configure the IPv4 address, subnet mask, and default gateway address for PC-A.
- From the command prompt on PC-A, ping the switch address.
Open a Windows command prompt
Were the pings successful? Explain.
No. The switch has not been configured yet.
Close a Windows command prompt
Step 3:Configure basic settings for the switch.
In this step, you will configure the device name and the IP address, and disable DNS lookup on the switch.
- Console into the switch and enter global configuration mode.
Open a configuration window.
Switch# configure terminal
Enter configuration commands, one per line.End with CNTL/Z.
- Assign a hostname to the switch based on the Addressing Table.
Switch(config)# hostname S1
- Disable DNS lookup.
S1(config)# no ip domain-lookup
- Configure and enable the SVI interface for VLAN 1.
S1(config)# interface vlan 1
S1(config-if)# ip address 192.168.1.2 255.255.255.0
S1(config-if)# no shutdown
*Mar1 00:07:59.048: %SYS-5-CONFIG_I: Configured from console by console
Close a configuration window
Step 4:Verify network connectivity.
Open a Windows command prompt.
Ping the switch from PC-A.
Were the pings successful?
The pings should be successful.
Close a Windows command prompt.
Part 2:Display, Describe, and Analyze Ethernet MAC Addresses
Every device on an Ethernet LAN has a MAC address that is assigned by the manufacturer and stored in the firmware of the NIC. Ethernet MAC addresses are 48-bits long. They are displayed using six sets of hexadecimal digits that are usually separated by dashes, colons, or periods. The following example shows the same MAC address using the three different notation methods:
Note: MAC addresses are also called physical addresses, hardware addresses, or Ethernet hardware addresses.
You will issue commands to display the MAC addresses on a PC and a switch, and analyze the properties of each one.
Step 1:Analyze the MAC address for the PC-A NIC.
Before you analyze the MAC address on PC-A, look at an example from a different PC NIC. You can issue the ipconfig /all command to view the MAC address of your NIC. An example screen output is shown below. When using the ipconfig /all command, notice that MAC addresses are referred to as physical addresses. Reading the MAC address from left to right, the first six hex digits refer to the vendor (manufacturer) of this device. These first six hex digits (3 bytes) are also known as the organizationally unique identifier (OUI). This 3-byte code is assigned to the vendor by the IEEE organization.
To find the manufacturer, use the keywords IEEE OUI standards to find an OUI lookup tool on the internet or navigate to http://standards-oui.ieee.org/oui.txt to find the registered OUI vendor codes. The last six digits are the NIC serial number assigned by the manufacturer.
- Using the output from the ipconfig /all command, answer the following questions.
C:\> ipconfig /all
Ethernet adapter Ethernet:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix. :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 5C-26-0A-24-2A-60
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::b875:731b:3c7b:c0b1%10(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.147(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Friday, September 6, 2019 11:08:36 AM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, September 7, 2019 11:08:36 AM
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
What is the OUI portion of the MAC address for this device?
What is the serial number portion of the MAC address for this device?
Using the example above, find the name of the vendor that manufactured this NIC.
- From the command prompt on PC-A, issue the ipconfig /all command and identify the OUI portion of the MAC address for the NIC of PC-A.
Answers will vary based on manufacturer.
Identify the serial number portion of the MAC address for the NIC of PC-A.
Answers will vary based on manufacturer serial number code.
Identify the name of the vendor that manufactured the NIC of PC-A.
Answers will vary based on manufacturer OUI.
Step 2:Analyze the MAC address for the S1 F0/6 interface.
You can use a variety of commands to display MAC addresses on the switch.
- Console into S1 and use the show interfaces vlan 1 command to find the MAC address information. A sample is shown below. Use output generated by your switch to answer the questions.
Open a configuration window
S1# show interfaces vlan 1
Vlan1 is up, line protocol is up
Hardware is EtherSVI, address is 001b.0c6d.8f40 (bia 001b.0c6d.8f40)
Internet address is 192.168.1.2/24
MTU 1500 bytes, BW 1000000 Kbit/sec, DLY 10 usec,
reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
Encapsulation ARPA, loopback not set
Keepalive not supported
ARP type: ARPA, ARP Timeout 04:00:00
Last input never, output 00:14:51, output hang never
Last clearing of “show interface” counters never
Input queue: 0/75/0/0 (size/max/drops/flushes); Total output drops: 0
Queueing strategy: fifo
Output queue: 0/40 (size/max)
5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
5 minute output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
0 packets input, 0 bytes, 0 no buffer
Received 0 broadcasts (0 IP multicasts)
0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored
34 packets output, 11119 bytes, 0 underruns
0 output errors, 2 interface resets
0 unknown protocol drops
0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out
What is the MAC address for VLAN 1 on S1?
Answers will vary based on the switch the student is using. Using the output from above, the answer would be 001b.0c6d.8f40.
What is the MAC serial number for VLAN 1?
Answers will vary based on the switch the student is using. Using the output from above, the answer would be 6d-8f-40.
What is the OUI for VLAN 1?
Answers will vary based on the switch the student is using. Using the output from above, the answer would be 00-1b-0c.
Based on this OUI, what is the name of the vendor?
What does bia stand for?
Burned in address.
Why does the output show the same MAC address twice?
The MAC address can be changed via a software command. The actual address (bia) will still be there. It is shown in the parenthesis.
- Another way to display the MAC address on the switch is to use the show arp command. Use the show arp command to display MAC address information. This command maps the Layer 2 address to its corresponding Layer 3 address. A sample is shown below. Use output generated by your switch to answer the questions.
S1# show arp
ProtocolAddressAge (min)Hardware AddrTypeInterface
What Layer 2 addresses are displayed on S1?
S1 VLAN 1 and PC-A MAC addresses. If the student also records the MAC addresses, their answers will vary.
What Layer 3 addresses are displayed on S1?
S1 and PC-A IP addresses
Step 3:View the MAC addresses on the switch.
Issue the show mac address-table command on S1. A sample is shown below. Use output generated by your switch to answer the questions.
Answers Note: The show mac address-table command can vary based on the model switch you are using. For example, the syntax on some switches is show mac-address-table.
S1# show mac address-table
Mac Address Table
Total Mac Addresses for this criterion: 21
Did the switch display the MAC address of PC-A? If you answered yes, what port was it on?
Yes. Port should be F0/6. Answers will vary for the MAC address. In the example above, the MAC address would be 5c26.0a24.2a60.
- Can you have broadcasts at the Layer 2 level? If so, what would the MAC address be?
You can have broadcasts at Layer 2. ARP will use broadcasts to find MAC address information. The broadcast address is FF.FF.FF.FF.FF.FF.
- Why would you need to know the MAC address of a device?
There could be a variety of reasons. In a large network, it may be easier to pinpoint location and identity of a device by its MAC address instead of its IP address. The MAC OUI will list the manufacturer, which may help narrow down the search. Security measures can be applied at Layer 2, so knowledge of allowable MAC addresses is needed.
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S1# show run
Current configuration : 1335 bytes
no service pad
service timestamps debug datetime msec
service timestamps log datetime msec
no service password-encryption
no aaa new-model
system mtu routing 1500
no ip domain-lookup
spanning-tree mode pvst
spanning-tree extend system-id
vlan internal allocation policy ascending
ip address 192.168.1.2 255.255.255.0
ip http server
ip http secure-server
logging esm config
line con 0
line vty 5 15