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I intend to have 3 PCs connected to Netgear GS108 Switch 2, which is connected to Switch 1 which is connected to the Internet.

In the current setup that we have, access to the internet must be done through Switch 1 which requires the MAC addresses of all clients connected to it to be registered, so I am finding a way to connect more clients to the internet without the hassle of registering their MAC addresses with Switch 1 by using the second switch Switch 2 whose MAC address is registered.

Can the 3 PCs are connected to Switch 2 appear to Switch 1 as just a single client Switch 2? Or will the MAC addresses of the 3 PCs be exposed to Switch 1?

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    The GS108 is just a simple switch. All it does is forward ethernet packets. It can not make 3 clients appear as one. For that you would need a router. Also I'm guessing that switch 1 is not just a switch but a router since it wouldn't be directly connected to the internet otherwise. Anyway are you sure you can't just register all MAC addresses with switch 1? – SpiderPig Aug 20 '17 at 17:20
  • The MAC addresses will all be exposed. – Appleoddity Aug 20 '17 at 18:31
  • @SpiderPig There's some bug in the MAC registration that makes it really difficult to access the internet. Does this mean I need a 8-port router instead of a switch? – Nyxynyx Aug 20 '17 at 22:58
  • Yes, you could replace switch 2 with a router. But you could then connect one or several switches to that router which means you can connect an arbitrary number of PCs through that one router and switch 1 will only see one MAC address. – SpiderPig Aug 21 '17 at 4:31

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