So I'm in a new job, and they're pretty draconian about their network, hardware, and OS security. :-( I'm a web developer, but am forced to use IE7 for development simply because they don't want ANYone installing ANYthing other than the boilerplate OS install. Any web developers out there know that, sure - you can "get by" developing like this--even though it's a hassle--most of the time. But SOMEtimes, you need an extra program or two to look at the requests being sent/received to see how your client (the browser) is communicating with the server. I HAVE all the programs I want on my personal laptop, but it's not authorized to connect to the corporate network.
Now I'm NO networking expert, but I had this thought: If I can spoof my work desktop's MAC address & IP address on my personal laptop, unplug my desktop, and then plug my laptop into the network, shouldn't I be able to connect? But it doesn't seem to work. How does the network "know" that anything has changed? I thought that MAC address was the only "thing" which identifies you on a network once you've requested and been assigned an IP address.
EDIT: BTW, I've already weighed the risk of "getting in trouble" at work, so no need to remind me that it's "possibly a violation of the network policies" etc. I'm already aware! My real question isn't, "can you tell me how to do this", it's, "why doesn't this work, since I'm obviously misunderstanding something about how networks operate." :-)