I recently upgraded to the balance 305, and I am really digging the AP management portion. I have created two wireless networks, one for guests with captive portal, and one for trusted clients. For the trusted clients, I only allow wireless clients with a specified MAC to connect. However, I find that I am making a list of MAC addresses in the ‘Wireless Network -> Wireless Network Settings -> MAC Address List’ box which are both: a) difficult to remember who has what MAC, and b) already in the DHCP Reservation Table.
What would make things easier:
In the “MAC Address List”, allow a string in quotations, to the right of a valid MAC, to allow me to keep track of MACs (e.g. 00:22:68:90:BE:7B “Bens Lenovo Laptop”).
Above the MAC Address list, have an option to “Allow access to MACs listed in DHCP Reservation Table”.
Consider a ‘big picture’ approach where a separate MAC table is made, I can map MACs to Users, then Users to Groups, and I can forget about trying to remember MACs at all. It would be sweet to be able to map common-named users to IPs in the DHCP reservation table; apply firewall rules to a group of users; and allow a group access to a specific wireless network…without typing out a bunch of MACs. Ambitious? Sure. But a hard-nosed approach to innovation didn’t get me buying your product.