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Change Your MAC Address to Avoid Free Internet Restrictions

If you frequently find yourself at an internet café or other location that provides free internet but restricts the amount of time or bandwidth you use, changing your MAC address can often be enough to circumvent restrictions.

Once you hit the wall fire up a MAC address editor like RyII MAC editor and simply update the address to a new one. If you need your original one (such as for MAC-based Wi-Fi security on your home network) you can reset it to the default at any time.

RyII Mac Editor is a free, Windows only download.

RyMac Editor II [via Addictive Tips]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/1/11

Comments (6)

  1. Alex

    There is another software SMAC is pretty good to do this job.

  2. asdf-chan

    I actually hoped for a console based solution for that

  3. theholygerbil

    For a linux solution, a pretty simple technique is here.

  4. John

    Dont forget most adapters only let you change the MAC so many times so unless this is spoofing it will only work so many times.

  5. John

    for *nix users

    ifconfig eth0 down hw ether 00:00:00:00:00:01
    ifconfig eth0 up

  6. Colin

    Or you could move on so that some other people could sit down at a table and enjoy the internet as well. There’s a couple cafe’s I can’t visit any more because people show up at 9:00 and camp out all day.

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