An important enhancement over the IEEE 802.1X standard is that ExtremeXOS supports multiple supplicants (clients) to be individually authenticated on the same port.
This feature makes it possible for two or more client stations to be connected to the same port, with some being authenticated while others are not. A port's authentication state is the logical “OR” of the individual MAC's authentication states. In other words, a port is authenticated if any of its connected clients is authenticated. Multiple clients can be connected to a single port of authentication server through a hub or Layer 2 switch.
Multiple supplicants are supported in ISP mode for web-based, 802.1X, and MAC-based authentication. In addition, multiple supplicants are supported in Campus mode if you configure and enable network login MAC-based VLANs. For more information, see Configuring Network Login MAC-Based VLANs.
The choice of web-based versus 802.1X authentication is again on a per-MAC basis. Among multiple clients on the same port, it is possible that some clients use web-based mode to authenticate, and some others use 802.1X, but the restriction is that they must be in the same untagged VLAN. This restriction is not applicable if you configure network login MAC-based VLANs. For more information, see Configuring Network Login MAC-Based VLANs.
NoteWith multiple supplicant support, after the first MAC is authenticated, the port is transitioned to the authenticated state and other unauthenticated MACs can listen to all data destined for the first MAC. Be aware of this as unauthenticated MACs can listen to all broadcast and multicast traffic directed to a network login-authenticated port.