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
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:
Once the Network 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 ontakes 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:
- A Linksys wireless router
- A Dell server
- A Samsung mobile phone
- An Apple device (a desktop)
Once a device has been identified, it is simply a matter of hitting thebutton.
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:
- MAC Address
- IP Address
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.