MySQL hosts cache: whitelist IP?

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http://serverfault.com – Is there a way to whitelist an IP address, so that max_connect_errors doesn't apply? The IP address for my office was blocked today due to too many connection errors to our new development MySQL server. I had to FLUSH HOSTS to allow connections again. Is there a way that I can just whitelist our IP address, so that the max_connect_errors can still stay in effect for all other connections? (HowTos)