I hope this is the right place for this question! I live in an apartment that provides internet as part of the rent, with ethernet ports in each room, managed by a third party company.
Because I host my own NAS, media server, Apple TV, etc; I connected all devices in my individual room to my own router, which has its own DHCP server, and maintains an entirely local network "within" my apartment's network. However, this local network only exists when I connect directly to my router, wirelessly or with ethernet.
I would like to extend this local network to encompass all ethernet ports within my apartment unit. Currently, there exists what appears to be a 16-port switch within a wiring box in my unit. This switch connects to ethernet wiring that goes into the main building, presumably connecting the unit to the entire complex network.
I have my own, fully managed, 16-port ethernet switch. I could, theoretically, effectively bypass the apartment complex's switch, plug all of my unit's ethernet connections to my own switch (including the port that my router is currently connected to), and disable my router's DHCP so that the local network is managed by my switch, allowing all ports in my unit to connect locally to the devices connected to my router.
- Will that work?
- Will the apartment's third-party network administrators be able to easily notice that I've done this?
Of note - currently, the apartment's network requires that I "whitelist" any device's MAC address on their management software. I did this for the MAC address of my router, and it worked fine. Thus, I imagine I'd be able to do this same thing for the MAC address of my managed switch.(?)