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Physical Address

Definition - What does Physical Address mean?

In IT, a physical address refers to either a memory location, identified in the form of a binary number, or a media access control (MAC) address.

A physical address is also known as a binary address or a real address.

Techopedia explains Physical Address

In computing, physical address refers to a memory address or the location of a memory cell in the main memory. It is used by both hardware and software for accessing data. Software, however, does not use physical addresses directly; instead, it accesses memory using a virtual address. A hardware component known as the memory management unit (MMU) is responsible for translating a virtual address to a physical address.

In networking, physical address refers to a computer's MAC address, which is a unique identifier associated with a network adapter that is used for identifying a computer in a network.

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