our ISP must be notified of how many machines i use to connect and their mac's for some security reasons... and i have 3 laptops and 5 mobile phones that can connect using the wifi... so i need to know how exactly this works...
Sounds like you are using an ISP provided wi-fi router. Filtering by MAC address is a common security method for wi-fi, to prevent unauthorized machines from connecting to the access point.
So, in order to set it up to allow all your equipment to connect, they need the MAC addresses of all them.
Decent security, but it means a visitor (friend or family member) with a laptop won't be able to connect, unless you know how to add him and can get the MAC address of his laptop.