There are legitimate reasons to change a MAC address so jumping to the conclusion that every request for help with this is for evil doings is inappropriate!!! Simply stating that it is against site policy was all that was needed! If a new poster forgets his password do you immediately accuse him hacking too?
That said, there is NOTHING
in the Forum Rules
that specifically, or even in general terms, that prohibits such discussions!! The only thing even close is about intellectual property protection, which does not pertain to MAC addresses.
Stereotypical typecasting, then piling on with insults when there is absolutely no indication this was for evil deeds
was neither necessary, appropriate, nor professional! I might point to Rule #2.
Even after being insulted, saadrakeeb came back with a "thanks". Who was the better person here?
Some ISPs (and corporate networks) bind their service to a specific MAC address. If the user changes their NIC or installs a router, the service may not work anymore. Since we all know how responsive some ISP tech support centers can be, changing the MAC address is simpler, and a legitimate solution.
Also, while all network devices are suppose
to have unique MAC addresses, with nearly 1 billion Windows machines in the world today, plus countless routers, modems, print servers and other network devices, sometimes it happens; the same MAC address is burned into the firmware of two or more devices. The ONLY way around this to avoid conflicts is to change (yes, spoof) the address.
@saadrakeeb - I am sorry you were mistreated so rudely. Please understand the misguided responses were, I suspect, knee-jerk reactions and not personal, but biased reactions
based on past experiences of bad guys coming to these forums seeking our help to do their evil deeds. Please see this SevenForums
thread: MAC address spoofing