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How To Find The Mac Address On A Vizio Smart TV

Last Updated Oct 27, 2021
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Vizio has been making wonderful user-friendly Smart TVs for several years now. Their Smart TVs can also come with a variety of apps and streaming services built into the TV interface, such as Apple Airplay, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire. This is an excellent feature that Smart TVs have, but you need to have some sort of network connectivity to have access to them.

Having the MAC address will give you access to WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet capabilities on a Vizio Smart TV, but how do you find the MAC address on one?

Finding the MAC Address

If you’re looking for the MAC address for your Vizio Smart TV, don’t worry. It’s not always as obvious as a sticker on the back of the TV, such as how it is on your wireless router. To find the MAC address on a Vizio Smart TV follow these steps:

  1. On your Vizio Smart TV remote, open the menu interface.
  2. Select “manual setup”.
  3. The wireless MAC address should appear on the screen.

Some Vizio Smart TVs may have a slightly different interface with a few extra options. If the above options don’t work for you to find the MAC address, follow these steps:

  1. Open up the menu on your Vizio Smart TV.
  2. Select the option that says “Network”. Here, the network connection menu will appear. This is where you will find different ways to connect your Vizio Smart TV to the internet.
  3. Select “manual setup”.
  4. The MAC address will be at the bottom of the list of the IP addresses.

Is the MAC Address in a Different Place With Different Interfaces?

Since Vizio makes a variety of Smart TVs with different interfaces built into the system, will it affect where the MAC address is displayed in the settings?

Overall, the MAC address on a Vizio Smart TV will be in the same place, through the menu options in the manual setup. Once you have your MAC address, you shouldn’t need to find this information frequently, however, if you want quicker, easier access to your MAC address, either write it in a book and place it by your Vizio Smart TV or take a picture of the screen with the info.

Why Do You Need a MAC Address?

Having a MAC address is important for any Smart TV to function as more than just a TV with cable. MAC stands for media access control address and is an individual identifier for your Smart TV. No other Smart TV or device will have the same MAC address, so think of it as its fingerprint.

A MAC address is permanent and doesn’t change, like a token or authentication code. It will use numbers 0-9 and letters A-F. 

Smart TVs need a MAC address so they can connect to the internet. With the MAC address, they are recognized by your WiFi router, and it serves as a way for the router and Smart TV to communicate with each other.

How to Find the IP Address on a Vizio Smart TV

Another address you might need to know on your Vizio Smart TV is the IP address. An IP address is similar to a MAC address, where it is a unique identifying code for the electronic device. It also is similar because it facilitates communication between electronic devices. It stands for “internet protocol address.” It will only contain numbers but won’t contain letters.

On a Vizio Smart TV, you will need its IP address to connect to the internet. It serves as an identifying tool and adds security. You can also look into your WiFi router’s history to confirm the IP address is actually connected to your router and check and make sure other unapproved devices aren’t.

If you need to find the IP address on your Vizio Smart TV, follow these steps:

  1. Open up the menu on your Vizio Smart TV
  2. Select the “network” option
  3. Select “manual setup.”
  4. In this menu, you will have the IP address assigned to your Vizio Smart TV

Connecting Your Vizio Smart TV to the Internet

Once you have your MAC address on your Vizio Smart TV, you can now easily connect to the internet. It’s also important that you keep track of the devices connected if you have more than one WiFi source in your home because it can affect how Bluetooth functions. To connect your Vizio Smart TV to the internet, you can follow these easy steps:

  1. Open up the menu on your Vizio Smart TV.
  2. Select the “network” option.
  3. Choose the “network connection” option and then “wireless.” Here, the WiFi networks that are within range of your Smart TV should show up.
  4. Select the WiFi network you’d like to connect to and put in your WiFi password.
  5. You should be connected to the internet wirelessly.

If you choose to connect to the internet with a wired connection, such as if your WiFi is unstable, follow these instructions:

  1. Connect your Vizio Smart TV to the router with an ethernet cord.
  2. Open up the menu on your Vizio Smart TV
  3. Select “network” and then “wired network.”
  4. You are now connected to the internet via ethernet.

Conclusion

Finding the MAC address on a Vizio Smart TV or any Smart TV is essential in separating a Smart TV from a TV before the time of WiFi. You won’t have to worry about too many cables and wires to give you access to streaming more than what basic cable or satellite can offer.

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