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(I am unsure of where to put this question, it might be both module and template related.)

I was looking at the module PageRenderIPRestriction and started wondering. Would it be possible to do something similar, but give a guest a user role based on IP (v6 preferrably)? Not for security measures, but for presentation.

I'm working on a mixed webpage with both intranet features and normal web page stuff. There's some parts of my templates I was thinking of restricting to a specific (or multiple) user role(s), namely employees.

Example:

If visitor's IP range is A-B, then he's an employee and should be able to view some extra buttons in a news article.

If visitor's IP range is else, no buttons are visibile.

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I'm not sure if "login by ip" is a good way to do this, but you could always add the "employee" role on runtime to the guest user if the ip fits, just do not save the user afterwards.

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