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Aruba clear pass to prevent simultaneous Wi-Fi and Wired Access

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  • 1.  Aruba clear pass to prevent simultaneous Wi-Fi and Wired Access

    Posted Nov 15, 2021 11:25 AM
    Hello,

    We have the following security requirement in my company's internal corporate network: We have several Wi-Fi access points installed inside my company buildings which provide direct internet access for guests. However, these Wi-Fi access points are used also from employees who are connected with their corporate laptop to the wired internal network and also connect via wi-fi for getting unrestricted Internet access. This is not allowed by the security policy but a lot of employees do it all the time in order to circumvent the restrictions of the internal network and get unrestricted Internet access from the Wi-Fi.

    I was wondering if Aruba Clear pass solution can help us to prevent employees from connecting to the guest Wi-Fi access points while they are connected to the internal network. Can we use Aruba clear pass in any way for providing such restriction? Maybe a NAC agent can check whether wireless is enabled on the laptop and if it's enabled it won't allow wired access to the internal network. Is this possible?



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    Rosario Cobolli
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  • 2.  RE: Aruba clear pass to prevent simultaneous Wi-Fi and Wired Access

    Posted Nov 15, 2021 08:21 PM
    Have you checked the settings on the NIC drivers? Usually there is a setting you can turn on that will disable the wired port of you are connected to wifi. This can be controlled via GPO on windows domain machines, and other MDM solutions.

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    Dustin Burns
    Lead Mobility Engineer @WEI

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  • 3.  RE: Aruba clear pass to prevent simultaneous Wi-Fi and Wired Access

    Posted Nov 16, 2021 04:05 AM
    Hi Dustin,
    thanks for your reply.
    But regardless of GPO or MDM, can Clearpass block wireless when connected via cable?

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    Rosario Cobolli
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  • 4.  RE: Aruba clear pass to prevent simultaneous Wi-Fi and Wired Access

    Posted Nov 16, 2021 04:25 AM
    You can do that with OnGuard:

    From just the network is it hard to impossible to check if a wireless and wired connection are belonging to the same client, as these typically have the same MAC addresses.

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    Herman Robers
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  • 5.  RE: Aruba clear pass to prevent simultaneous Wi-Fi and Wired Access

    Posted Nov 16, 2021 12:51 PM
    You can check some of the following options under this link:

    http://woshub.com/disable-wi-fi-when-ethernet-cable-connected/

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    Shpat
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