We need to replace our aged switch with a new one capable of MAC Address Filtering. I understand it is simple to change your MAC address, but this is a manadatory client security requirement.
I should point out that I am a simpleton, and have only a basic understanding of networking and little experience.
So... lets say we get a decent Cisco Managed Switch (e.g. http://uk.insight.com/en-gb/productinfo/network-switches/LNKNA05YX2
) and we want to enable the MAC Address Filtering feature, providing only the MAC addresses of company devices.
I have a couple of simple questions;
1 Do the MAC addresses work as a pool, or are they necessarily tied to individual ports on the switch? ie. will my laptop then continue to work anywhere I plug it in in the building or only at predefined desks/floorports?
2 Due to a shortage of floor ports, we have had to use small Netgear 4 port switches at various locations. How will this work with the new Managed Switch in the server room? Will the 4 port switch be invisible to the new Managed Switch, or will this 4 port switch have a MAC address of its own and actually serve to undermine the MAC Address Filtering on the new Managed Switch, because anything can be plugged into it?
Thanks in advance