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    Re: Student laptop connection to network

    Our school is a boarding school so I guess works much in the same way as many halls of residence.

    Until now boys have been able to plug into the network point in their room, they get assigned an IP via the domain DHCP and away they go. The only real bit of security we have setup is only one MAC address is allowed to plug into that port using the managed switch.

    This setup gives me shivers as although they aren't on our domain, they are still in the same address range.

    Ideally what I want to do is setup a VLAN for their ports giving them a completely different IP range which only gives them access to the terminal server or the internet. I'm not quite sure how to set this up, but it's definitely one of the projects I want to get started on asap.

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    Re: Student laptop connection to network

    Packetfence is ideal for that scenario Andi.

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    Re: Student laptop connection to network

    Is that the kind of tool that would help me route their traffic after they're VLan'd?

    I'll look into that, thanks Geoff.

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    Re: Student laptop connection to network

    Is that the kind of tool that would help me route their traffic after they're VLan'd?
    A hardware firewall. Be aware though that VLANs aren't an effective security measure against a determined attacker. Air gap your networks if possible,

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    Have you got a copy of the laptop agreement as I am about to write one.

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    Has anyone successfully implemented NAP to try and stop this from happenening - IIRC it can be set up so taht only Domain Members can connect to the network - all non domain laptops, etc either cannot connect or get a limited conection

    Not had a chance to play yet though going to look into it shortly

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