Both MAC Address and IP Address are used to uniquely identify a machine on the internet. MAC address is provided by the chip maker while IP Address is provided by the Internet Service Provider.
Following are the important differences between MAC Address and IP Address.
|Sr. No.||Key||MAC Address||IP Address|
|1||Definition||MAC Address stands for Media Access Control Address.||IP Address stands for Internet Protocol Address.|
|2||Usage||MAC Address ensure that physical address of the computer is unique.||IP Address is a logical address of the computer and is used to uniquely locate computer connected via a network.|
|3||Format||MAC Address is of six byte hexadecimal address.||IP Address is of 4 bytes or of 16 bytes.|
|4||Access Protocol||MAC Address can be retrieved using ARP protocol.||IP Address can be retrieved using RARP protocol.|
|5||Provider||Chip maker manufacturer provides the MAC Address.||Internet Service Provider, ISP provides the IP Address.|