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WatchGuard AP Device Discovery and Pairing

For the Gateway Wireless Controller on your Firebox to control a WatchGuard AP device, the AP device and the Firebox must be paired. For pairing to occur, you must first enable the Gateway Wireless Controller on the Firebox. When the Gateway Wireless Controller is enabled, the Firebox sends a discovery broadcast message to all networks. For more information on how to configure discovery broadcasts, see Configure Gateway Wireless Controller Settings.

After you connect a new AP device to your network, the AP device receives the broadcast message and sends a response. When the Firebox receives a response from an unpaired AP device, the discovered AP device appears in the Unpaired Access Points list in the Gateway Wireless Controller.

If the AP device is located behind a router or other network device and cannot receive broadcasts from the Gateway Wireless Controller, you must manually add the AP device. For more information, see Manually Add an AP Device.

An AP device discovered by the Firebox is not automatically paired with the Firebox. You must pair the AP device with the Firebox in the Gateway Access Controller. This step is required so that no one can add an unauthorized WatchGuard AP device to your network. The AP device only accepts configuration information from the Firebox it is paired with.

After the first time you pair a new AP device with a Firebox, the Firebox attempts to automatically activate the AP device on your account on the WatchGuard website. For more information, see About AP Device Activation.

About Automatic Deployment

If you want to deploy many AP devices with the same SSIDs and a simple configuration, you can use Automatic Deployment.

Automatic Deployment enables you to connect an unpaired AP device to your network and have the device automatically configured by the GWC for specific SSIDs. AP devices configured with automatic deployment are managed by the GWC the same way as paired devices.

An AP device automatically deployed by the GWC is configured with the automatic deployment SSID settings, which include security, encryption, and other SSID specific settings. All other AP settings, such as radio settings, are set to default values.

For more information, see About AP Automatic Deployment.

About Discovery Broadcasts

By default, the Gateway Wireless Controller sends a UDP broadcast on ports 2528 and 2529 on all networks to automatically discover connected AP devices. You can limit the networks for AP discovery broadcasts. This is useful if you use the automatic deployment feature and want control over which networks allow AP devices to be automatically deployed. For more information on how to configure discovery broadcasts, see Configure Gateway Wireless Controller Settings.

Connect the AP Device

Before you can pair the AP device with the Firebox, you must connect it to a trusted, optional, or custom Firebox network.

To allow the Gateway Wireless Controller to discover an AP device on a custom zone network, you must modify the WatchGuard Gateway Wireless Controller policy to allow traffic from the custom zone. For more information on the custom zone, see Configure a Custom Interface.

If you connect the AP device to a VLAN interface, make sure that you configure that interface to handle untagged VLAN traffic. An unpaired AP device cannot accept tagged VLAN traffic.

By default, the AP device is configured to use DHCP to get an IP address. Make sure that you enable the DHCP Server for the Firebox interface that connects to the AP device, so that the AP device can get an IP address.

Pair the AP Device to the Firebox

Use the Gateway Wireless Controller to discover the unpaired AP device and pair it to the Firebox.

When an AP120, AP320, AP322, or AP420 device is started with factory default settings, it can take several minutes for it to be discovered by the Gateway Wireless Controller.

For information about how to monitor the status of your AP devices, see Monitor AP Device Status.

For information about how to unpair an AP device, see Unpair an AP Device.

If your AP device is correctly connected but cannot be discovered, it might be necessary to reset the AP device to factory default settings. For more information, see Reset a WatchGuard AP Device.

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