Targus Releases MAC Address Clone Utility Version 1.01.033 (TMAC) For Windows
Targus has finished engineering validation of the Targus MAC Address Clone (TMAC) utility version 1.01.033 adding support for forthcoming Targus Universal Docking Station products releases and enhanced functionality for non-Targus DisplayLink USB GbE solutions. It is recommended, and some cases necessary, to update from older versions of TMAC to version 1.01.033. It is recommended clients using TMAC should complete their own comprehensive validation before deploying TMAC company wide.
Current users can right-click on the TMAC task tray icon and select “Check for updates” to update their current version, if enabled by their IT department. Alternatively, it can be downloaded from any of the associated dock product page.
What it does
The Targus MAC Address Clone Utility was developed for security-conscious enterprise customers to use in their environment. TMAC runs as a service which automatically replaces (spoofs, clones) a MAC address of any connected Targus Giga Ethernet network adapter with the MAC address of one of the built-in (Wired Ethernet, Wireless Ethernet, Bluetooth) network adapters from a Windows PC. The Targus MAC Address Clone Utility assists with selective access to network resources restricted by MAC address filtering. This functionality seeks to further preventing unauthorized access by devices not in the sanctioned network access list which are to be screened out or otherwise would gain network access via the Targus Docking Station network adapter.
Problems it solves
- Enhances prevention methods that keep unauthorized users from accessing the corporate network through the Ethernet adapter on Targus Universal Docks.
- Network access can be restricted based on the MAC address of authorized devices.
- Cloning the MAC address on the Targus Docking Station with that of the connected PC ensures only authorized devices can connect to the network.
- If the MAC address of the connected device is not on the Access Control List or Whitelist, then it will not be allowed on the network.
- Enables organizations to enforce existing security controls while still realizing productivity/efficiency gains from using Targus docking stations.
The Targus MAC Address Clone Utility is configured to work with the following Targus Universal Docking Stations: DOCK1XX, DOCK3XX, and select DOCK4XX models.
The Targus MAC Address Clone Utility is configured to work with Microsoft Windows 10. At the time of this writing, it was validated using Windows 10 Build 19044. It may work on other builds of Windows 10 and Windows 11.
For Targus DisplayLink based Universal Docking Stations models DOCK1XX and DOCK3XX, the DisplayLink 10.2M2 software is required for proper Ethernet and TMAC operation. The latest associated driver for Targus Alternate Mode Docking Stations models DOCK4XX and USB Ethernet Adapters and dongles is required for proper Ethernet and TMAC operation. These can be downloaded from the Targus.com US Support site.
It is not always possible to keep up with changes in device architecture including Ethernet solution modification forced by a changing Supply Chain, Windows OS, and various Ethernet solutions and their associated driver versions. For these reasons, this version of TMAC contains an installation option to disable TMAC functionality for USB-C Alternate Mode devices and competitor’s products affected by TMAC.
Operation options, the full release notes, and the detailed corporate installation guidance are contained in the User Manual available as part of the download package.
Please contact your Targus representative or DocKtor for further support or information.
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