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[SBR] MAC address based authentication

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Article ID: KB22905 KB Last Updated: 08 Mar 2017Version: 3.0
Summary:
This article provides information on how to authenticate other networking devices, such as a printer, on SBR.
Symptoms:
How to authenticate other networking devices, such as a printer, on SBR.
Cause:
 
Solution:
When a user or networking device, such as a printer, is sent by a NAS device (for example, a switch) to authenticate, the MAC address is sent in the user name and password field or Radius Access Request packet. So, there should be an available user to authenticate with the user name and password, which should be the same as the MAC Address of the required device.

Perform the following procedure:

  1. Go to the SBR Admin GUI and expand the Users option:


  2. Click the Native option and then the Add button, in the task bar, to add a native user.

  3. In the Add Native User window, type the MAC address in the Name and Password fields:


  4. Click OK.
Contact the NAS vendor to determine the exact format of the user name, for example,  xx-xx, xx:xx, or xxxx. The vendor will need to document the password, as in some cases, the password may be a shared secret and not the same as the MAC address.

A user is added with the MAC address, as their user name and password can be successfully authenticated by users coming in with the MAC address.
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