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MAC Address

The MAC address is saved in the flash memory of the Computer on Modules.

Serial Number and MAC Address Relationship​

The serial number and MAC address are almost the same thing: the MAC address has the first 3 bytes fixed (Toradex OUI range): 00:14:2D:nn:nn:nn


The last 3 bytes represent the serial number found on the label (in hexadecimal).

Example:
Serial number on barcode sticker MAC address
002-0004380 -> 00:14:2D:00:11:1C
02226142 -> 00:14:2D:21:F7:DE

Microsoft Excel Formula​

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These formulas are using "," as list separators. If your system is configured distinctively, make sure to replace the separator according to your system's configuration.

The following Microsoft Excel formulas may be used to compute a module's MAC address from a module's S/N (where cell A1 contains the S/N).


With colon delimiters (eg. 00:14:2D:78:90:AB):
="00:14:2D:"&MID(DEC2HEX(MOD(A1,100000000),6),1,2)&":"&MID(DEC2HEX(MOD(A1,100000000),6),3,2)&":"&MID(DEC2HEX(MOD(A1,100000000),6),5,2)
Without delimiters (eg. 00142D7890AB):
="00142D"&DEC2HEX(MOD(A1,100000000),6)

Linux​

Read from User Space​

To get the MAC address from user space, you can use the ip command:

root@colibri-imx6:~# ip link
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
2: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
link/ether 00:14:2d:4d:c7:30 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff

In the example above, the MAC address for the Ethernet interface is 00:14:2d:4d:c7:30.

Permanently Manually Force a Custom MAC Address​

From within U-Boot proceed as follows:

U-Boot # setenv ethaddr 01:23:45:67:89:ab
U-Boot # saveenv
Saving Environment to MMC...
Writing to MMC(0)... done

Adding a second MAC Address​

Some Toradex modules have a second RGMII/MII interface to connect another Ethernet controller. To config the second MAC address, use eth1addr on U-Boot.

U-Boot # setenv eth1addr 01:23:45:67:89:ac
U-Boot # saveenv
Saving Environment to MMC...
Writing to MMC(0)... done

You should be able to use the new MAC Address applied in Linux.

Forcing a Re-read of the MAC Address from the Factory Configuration Block​

To reset the MAC address to factory default, from within U-Boot proceed as follows:

U-Boot # setenv ethaddr
U-Boot # saveenv
Saving Environment to MMC...
Writing to MMC(0)... done
U-Boot # reset
resetting ...


U-Boot 2011.06-00012-g658a595 (Jun 07 2013 - 20:27:55)

TEGRA3
DRAM: 1 GiB
MMC: Tegra2 SD/MMC: 0, Tegra2 SD/MMC: 1
mmc_reset: power control = 0F, host control = 00
Board: Toradex Colibri T30
Writing to MMC(0)... done
Net: Net Initialization Skipped
No ethernet found.
Hit any key to stop autoboot: 0

To reset the complete environment to factory defaults, from within U-Boot proceed as follows:

Tegra3 # env default -a
## Resetting to default environment
Tegra3 # saveenv
Saving Environment to MMC...
Writing to MMC(0)... done
Tegra3 # reset
resetting ...


U-Boot 2011.06-00012-g658a595 (Jun 07 2013 - 20:27:55)

TEGRA3
DRAM: 1 GiB
MMC: Tegra2 SD/MMC: 0, Tegra2 SD/MMC: 1
mmc_reset: power control = 0F, host control = 00
Board: Toradex Colibri T30
Writing to MMC(0)... done
Net: Net Initialization Skipped
No ethernet found.
Hit any key to stop autoboot: 0

The "Writing to MMC(0)... done" indicates that it did successfully store it in the U-Boot environment.

If you get the following message it means your module has a corrupted factory configuration block:

Missing Colibri config block

To reconstruct the configuration block use the command 'cfgblock create' from the U-Boot command line.
Refer to the module specific flashing instructions for details: i.MX 6, Tegra, Vybrid

WinCE/WEC​

Changing​

If your company has its own MAC address range, you can change the MAC address. The easiest way to do this is to use the bootloader. You can find the MAC in the bootloader menu in the section MAC.

Also the Colibri Tweak provides a function to change the Mac/Serial Number

Read from a Program​

See the SysInfoLib to know how to get the MAC address inside a program.

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