[solved] tablet - want static mac?

asked 2019-01-05 19:30:17 +0200

Moo-Crumpus gravatar image

updated 2019-01-08 19:43:43 +0200

Jolla Tablet - static Mac address, network unstable


each time I restart the tablet, it creates a new random fake mac address. My router stains its DNS with the tablet's expired fake mac addresses. Also, I always have to manually reload the tablet's network once or twice after a reboot until it works.

Is it possible to achieve that firstly the actual (hardware) Mac address is used and secondly the network is started stably?

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I try as follows:

  • run command ip link to fetch current fake mac
  • use systemd service to replace any further fake mac adresses by this current mac, therefore this will be the static mac from now on

# ip link

wlan0: <broadcast,multicast,dynamic,up,lower_up> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP mode DORMANT qlen 1000 link/ether de:ad:be:ef:13:37 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff</broadcast,multicast,dynamic,up,lower_up>

# nano /etc/systemd/system/changemac@.service

Description=Change MAC adress

ExecStart=/sbin/ip link set dev %i address de:ad:be:ef:13:37
ExecStart=/sbin/ip link set dev %i up


# systemctl enable changemac@wlan0

# systemctl start changemac@wlan0

Moo-Crumpus ( 2019-01-05 20:23:14 +0200 )edit

... ok, this changes the mac adress right before dhcp. It works, I will test it further.

Moo-Crumpus ( 2019-01-05 20:33:23 +0200 )edit

Nice. The tablet deserve some fix on wifi. Also I would suggests some improvement on power management!

minojolla ( 2019-01-06 16:01:51 +0200 )edit


dmesg | grep wlan0

will show you the real hardware mac. You may use this in the changemac@.service file.

Moo-Crumpus ( 2019-01-08 20:00:07 +0200 )edit