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Configure AP Devices with the Gateway Wireless Controller

To discover and manage the WatchGuard AP devices you add to your network, you can use the Gateway Wireless Controller on your Firebox.

The Gateway Wireless Controller enables you to:

  • Pair WatchGuard AP devices on your network with your Firebox
  • Enable automatic deployment of AP devices on specific SSIDs
  • Enable wireless deployment of AP devices
  • Configure SSIDs and AP device settings
  • Trust AP devices
  • Monitor the paired AP devices and wireless client connections
  • Initiate a site survey from the WatchGuard AP device to detect other wireless access points

A WatchGuard Gateway Wireless Controller can manage multiple WatchGuard AP devices. If you experience management performance issues as you add more AP devices to your network, you can use another Gateway Wireless Controller on another Firebox to manage some of the AP devices.

Enable the Gateway Wireless Controller

Before your Firebox can discover new WatchGuard AP devices on your network, you must enable the Gateway Wireless Controller on your Firebox.

When you enable the Gateway Wireless Controller, the WatchGuard Gateway Wireless Controller policy is automatically added to the Firebox configuration. This policy allows traffic from the trusted and optional networks to the Firebox over UDP port 2529.

After you enable the Gateway Wireless Controller on the Firebox, the Firebox can detect connected WatchGuard AP devices on your trusted or optional network.

The AP device can also be located on the custom zone network (Fireware XTM OS v11.9 and higher). To enable 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.

For more information, see:

Set the Diagnostic Log Level

To generate more detailed log messages for the Gateway Wireless Controller, you can change the diagnostic log level.

For more information about diagnostic log levels, see Set the Diagnostic Log Level.

See Also

About AP Device Configuration

About AP Device Passphrases

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