How did connecting a laptop circumvent how they access the Internet?  Sounds to me like the government entity does not restrict access to the Internet, they restrict what a PC can get to on the PC.  Seems like a bad approach.  How about a good ole proxy server that requires authentication to get out to the Net?
 Or did I just plain miss something?

Scott Reed
Owner
NewWays
Wireless Networking
Network Design, Installation and Administration
www.nwwnet.net

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From: John Scrivner <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: wireless@wispa.org
Sent: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 09:54:46 -0600
Subject: [WISPA] Ethernet based authentication

> Anyone out there have experience with PPPoE?. I have a client who is a
> local government entity. They have people who have abused their Internet
> connection in the past. They restrict who has Internet access and when
> it can be used. One of our techs unknowingly circumvented protocol by
> helping an employee learn how to connect his personal laptop to the
> hardwired Ethernet network. Now the government entity is highly peeved
> at me. They want a complete report on the incident and a plan for how I
> will prevent people from doing this in the future at all locations. I am
> thinking we can use PPPoE to force all users even on the hardwired
> network to authenticate in order to get on the Internet. What are your
> thoughts? What will this break on an internal network that may be doing
> other things? Could an internal Windows network still function normally
> while the computer is not authenticated for Internet access? I have
> never done PPPoE and need a little guidance from those of you who have.
> Many thanks,
> Scriv
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