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Re: [opensuse] Need Router Recommendation
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 22:21:26 -0500
  • Message-id: <45B82236.7020405@xxxxxxxxxx>
Billie Erin Walsh wrote:
> James Knott wrote:
>> That simply doesn't make sense. The purpose of the MAC address is to
>> enable devices to communicate over the local network and nothing more.
>> Also, once you've passed through a router, the original MAC is replaced
>> that of the router port you're going through. Cloning a MAC makes it
>> easier to replace a device in a system that's configured to work with
>> only one MAC, but that's all it does.
> We "cloned the MAC address in the router", or at least that was the way
> it was explained. The owner of the ISP used to work for IBM somewhere in
> the tech end of things. We just followed his instructions. Other than
> that I have no idea what it does.

Well, I've been working with communications systems, computers and
computer networks for almost 35 years ( I was working with computer
networks before Ethernet was available and before the IBM PC was even
though of), including a few years in tech support at IBM and it still
doesn't make sense. ;-)

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