I'm currently using the Raspberry Pi for a solution, but I want to hide the fact that it is a RPI doing the work. However, when using Fing or any other network scanner, it recognises the vendor as "Raspberry Pi Foundation", which I want to either hide or replace with my own "vendor" name.

Is this possible?

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    Jul 25, 2013 at 10:20

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The simplest way is just ifconfig eth hw ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX

You can also install macchanger: sudo apt-get install macchanger
* set specific MAC address of a network interface
* set the MAC randomly
* set a MAC of another vendor
* set another MAC of the same vendor
* set a MAC of the same kind (eg: wireless card)
* display a vendor MAC list (today, 6200 items) to choose from
Site : http://www.alobbs.com/macchanger

NB: whichever method you use, you may have tou try while the interface is up, or down, depending on the driver. ifconfig eth0 up / ifconfig eth0 down

  • If you want to remain anonymous, don't forget to install and properly configure a software firewall as well. That will help mask more than just your hardware vendor.
    – Butters
    Jul 25, 2013 at 21:28
  • Hi, This works, but then I can't get the IP address of the RPI. It shows as "UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST" but I need the IP, and for it to be on the network so that I can use it. Any solution? Essentially, changing MAC -> lost IP/connection
    – fypfyp
    Jul 26, 2013 at 11:34
  • @fypfyp Which of the solutions did you do? If you did the ifconfig one, keep in mind that the MAC address you specify must be valid
    – Moshe Katz
    Jul 26, 2013 at 18:13
  • @fypfyp it depends on your network. Try sudo dhclient eth0
    – M Noit
    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:07
  • The site is down now, it seems to be just a blog page...... alobbs.com/macchanger
    – Brethlosze
    Jun 12, 2017 at 0:58

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