Does anyone know of a inexpensive NAT router that has the ability to limit access to the Internet to a specific MAC address?
I know the Linksys routers have a MAC filtering feature, but it is the opposite of what I need. It allows you to block access to a specific MAC address. I need something that will block all, but allow an exception.
I'm dealing with some VOIP issues in my company's network, and I think the answer is to have a separate router on the network for my PBX to use. I want to make sure that other nodes are not allowed to access the Internet via this second router.
Problem = Poor call quality at times
Reason for second router = My thought is this...
Connect a second router to my cable modem with a public address. Hopefully, the cable company can configure the modem to give traffic to and from the second router higher priority. (I don't know if this is possible yet, they are bringing me a new cable modem on Monday, as well as upgrading my bandwidth)
Also, I use Untangle (a Linux based router) as my primary router, and it has a lot of protection mechanisms that may introduce latency. I have already configured QoS and other bypass rules to try and take care of the problem.
Using a simple standalone router like a Linksys or something seems like it would be a more streamlined solution, especially if I (or the cable company) am able to give the second router priority.
As far as MAC filtering goes, it would just be a way to prevent internal clients from manually reconfiguring there default gateway and accessing the Internet via the second router. I'm not overly concerned about MAC spoofing in this case. Filtering based on IP address would work also.
It's a small college network with a wireless network that is shared with the student body.
I only have issues with external calls to my VOIP provider, so I don't believe that VLANs would be of any help to me. (They are also not an option, as I don't have smart or managed switches.)