MAC Address and IP Address, both are used to identify a computer on a network or on internet. MAC address is provided by NIC Card'd manufacturer and gives the physical address of a computer. IP address is provided by Internet Service Provider and is called the logical address of a computer connected on a network.
Following are some of the important differences between MAC Address and IP Address.
|Sr. No.||Key||MAC Address||IP Address|
|1||Stands for||MAC Address stands for Media Access Control Address.||IP Address stands for Internet Protocol Address.|
|2||Size||MAC address is a six bytes hexadecimal address.||IP address is a 4 bytes, IPv4 or 6 bytes, IPv6 address.|
|3||Address retrival||MAC Address of a device can be figured out using ARP Protocol.||IP address of a device is figured out using RARP protocol.|
|4||Provider||NIC's Card Manufacturer provides the MAC Address.||Internet Service Provider, ISP provides the IP Address.|
|5||Address Type||MAC Address is a physical address.||IP Address is a logical address.|