I have an odd issue. On my netgear router/modem admin page I have 2 MAC addresses with last letter difference one is an A the other a B. But on my bridge router connected to the netgear one I am seeing a 3rd MAC address with a 9 at the end and the IP address points to I know netgear has a default login at that address, but my login page is always and the 254 one never works.

Is this normal and not some phantom device use a fake MAC connected to network

  • Please add to your post screenshots to all these screens that you mentioned. Also, what model is your router?
    – harrymc
    Oct 24, 2021 at 19:39

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This is common to see three MAC addresses on a router. One is for the internet side connection, also called WAN for wide area network. One is for the Ethernet LAN, local area network. One is for the WiFi wireless LAN, or WLAN. These numbers are normally sequential and in hexadecimal, base-16, numbering. There's no single digit for ten so we use letters of the alphabet, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F. Seeing them differ by one digit, 9, A, then B, is normal.


More than likely the 3 MAC's are for the 3 different interfaces of your router. One is for the WAN which is your public facing interface on the internet. One is for the wired LAN, all the devices connected via ethernet. The last one is for the wireless LAN, all the devices on WiFi.

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