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RE: [opensuse] Need Router Recommendation
  • From: Kenneth Schneider <suse-list3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 13:52:46 -0500
  • Message-id: <1169751166.23109.17.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 2007-01-25 at 12:36 -0600, Greg Wallace wrote:
> On Thursday, January 25, 2007 @ 5:46 AM, 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.
> >I'm just shooting in the dark here, but....................
> >When you "clone the MAC Address" what are you actually doing?
> I thought I had all of this stuff figured out, but now I'm not so sure.
> However, that being said, I think that simply means you're taking the mac
> address of some other device and pretending to be that device. My router
> has place where I can select this option and, if I do, it opens up a box
> that has a mac address already in it, which I assume is the mac address of
> the router. If I wanted to, I could simply key in my computer's mac address
> and, in effect, pretend to be the computer. If your ISP has only authorized
> your computer's mac address, this would let the router step in between the
> computer and the ISP and the ISP wouldn't know the difference, since you
> have "cloned" the mac address of the computer, which is what the ISP (modem)
> is expecting. I probably have this all wrong, but I think that's the idea.

Actually you have it entirely correct.

Ken Schneider
UNIX since 1989, linux since 1994, SuSE since 1998

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