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My college is protected with a VPN and MAC restriction. Can only have 1 MAC and have to login through VPN. Any machines like PS3s or Apple TVs have to have their MAC registered for clearance.
Make matters worse - you can only have 2 LAN ports in each room. It's terrible!
Between me and my roommate there is 6 devices we have that need internet while we only have 2 ports!

Switches don't work, routers I don't believe work either, would a splitter work at all? Maybe splice a Cat5 cable and rig a double one up?
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Why won't a router work? It's one MAC adress to register and only one port. VPN passthrough if you need it, but most likely not.

A splitter will not work, even if you manage it, the network still has to register multiple MAC's if you have more than one device. It'd be like using a hub.


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Router should work as you route all of your traffic behind NAT. Once packets hit the router going out they use the router's external IP and MAC address for sending to the next hop.

Keep in mind that a lot of universities do rogue AP scanning if you plan on using wireless functionality.
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Went through this with my little brother last year, ended up using a wireless router and turning broadcast.
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Yeah, You should just get a router and turn of the AP or turn off SSID broadcast.
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I don't know about connecting to the VPN but any Router /w NAT should be able to do it.

Edit:
For the VPN if you have a DD-WRT compatible router you can login and make basically a site to site VPN connection.
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php...PTP_VPN_Client

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