What are Random Hardware Addresses and How to Enable them on Windows 10/11

By | December 17, 2021

The Random Hardware Addresses feature is a great way to ensure that your computer is secure and that no one can track your movements. In this article, I will discuss what Random Hardware Addresses are and how you can enable them on your Windows 10 or Windows 11.

What are Random Hardware Addresses?

Even if you are not connected to Wi-Fi, your computer sends a signal to find available Wi-Fi networks. This signal contains information about your computer i.e. your Physical Hardware Address also known as MAC address. This MAC address is unique to your computer and can be used to track your movements.

When you enable Random Hardware Addresses, your computer will generate a large number of random MAC addresses and not send the correct ones. This is especially useful when you’re in a public place amidst lots of free Wi-Fi.

Enable Random Hardware Addresses in Windows 10/11

1. On Windows 10:

To enable Random Hardware Addresses for a specific network in Windows 10, follow the steps below.

  • Press the button Win + I to open Settings Windows.
  • In the Settings window, select Network & internet.
  • On the next page, click W-Fi in the left pane and in the right pane click Manage known networks.
  • Next click Wi-Fi network and select Properties.
  • Then activate Use random hardware addresses for this network to On.

If you want to enable Random Hardware Addresses for all Wi-Fi networks, then on the main Wi-Fi settings page, enable the option Use random hardware addresses to On.

2. In Windows 11:

To enable Random Hardware Addresses in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

  • open Settings Windows by pressing the . key Win + I.
  • In the Settings window click Network & internet in the left pane and in the right pane click Wi-Fi.
  • On the next page, activate Random hardware addresses to On.

Random Hardware Addresses missing?

The Random Hardware Addresses feature is not supported on all Wi-Fi cards, so if it’s not on your system, then your Wi-Fi card isn’t supported. There is no official list of Wi-Fi cards that can support Random Hardware Addresses yet, but if you want to investigate further, you can check which Wi-Fi card you are using from the Device Manager. To do so, open Device Manager, expand Network Adapters and check WiFi adapter from the list provided.

Should I use Random Hardware Addresses?

Random Hardware Addresses, as mentioned earlier, are a great way to prevent hackers from tracking your device. And since it has no negative effect on your device’s performance or Wi-Fi, there’s no reason for you not to use this feature.

However, if you’re in an office environment that relies on MAC to IP addresses, then this can be disastrous, so you’ll want to consult your IT admin if you work for a company. Also, you should enable Random Hardware Addresses, especially if you go to cafes and use public Wi-Fi.

Hopefully useful and help you. You can then read my other articles on how to block or allow WiFi network in Windows 10/11 or how to disable WiFi using Command Prompt or Powershell in Windows 10/11.

So this article, hopefully it will be useful and help you understand what Random Hardware Addresses are and how to activate them on your Windows 10 or Windows 11. Don’t forget to leave your comments below to share your thoughts and experiences in following this tutorial. Thank you and GBU. UNITED AGAINST COVID-19!!