The Network Map app provides a way to map devices to specific users. Some of the benefits of using this app:
Simplifies Reports - usernames instead of IP/MAC address
Provides IP-based Content Filter Policies - no user-authentication required
Facilitates MAC-based Access Control
There is no limit for mapped devices on ClearOS 7 Business edition. However, there is a limit of 20 mapped devices on Community edition and 50 mapped devices on Home edition.
If your system does not have this app available, you can install it via the Marketplace.
You can find this feature in the menu system at the following location:
Network|Device Management|Network Map
Once the Network Map app is installed, it starts to scan your network for devices. As soon as a device makes a connection to ClearOS, it leaves a fingerprint in the network map scan. A summary of the number of unknown devices is shown in the web-based interface as shown in the screenshot below:
Clicking on takes you to a list of unmapped devices seen on the network:
Along with the MAC address, IP and the timestamp of the last time the device was seen on the network, Vendor information is shown. In the screenshot shown, it is easier for an administrator to identify devices based on vendor information:
An HPE server
An IgniteNet switch
A Huawei cell phone
An Apple device
Once a device has been identified, it is simply a matter of hitting the button.
Whether you make a selection from the network scan list or manually add a device, you can create a network map entry for a particular MAC address. The map includes:
You can also specify optional information to help identify and sort devices:
Nickname - an easy to remember name of your choosing
Vendor - hardware vendor tag
Device Type - laptop, tablet, router, etc.
Although you can change the Vendor, it is recommended that you don't or you'll end up with your mapped device as intended, but you'll also get an unmapped device showing with the original Vendor. There is a bug filed for this.