About AP Wireless Deployment

You can deploy AP300 devices over-the-air without physical cables. When the network cable is disconnected, the AP device changes to client mode and associates to the nearest wired AP300 device.

Over-the-air deployment is only supported for AP300 devices.

When an AP300 device is in wireless client mode:

  • The client AP device broadcasts any SSIDs configured on the 2.4GHz radio only.
    The 5GHz radio is only used for the extender link and any configured SSIDs on the 5GHz radio are not broadcast.
  • A wired AP300 device must be in range for the client AP device to be able to connect in client mode and deploy over-the-air.
  • Wireless deployment uses the 5GHz band radio for the extender link for AP client mode connections. You must have less than the maximum of eight SSIDs configured on the 5GHz radio for wireless deployment to work correctly.
  • AP300 devices must be initially deployed (paired or auto-deployed) with a cable before the AP device can be deployed over-the air.
    For more information on deployment, see WatchGuard AP Device Discovery and Pairing.
  • If you reconnect a network cable, the AP device reverts to normal operation from client mode and disconnects from the wired host AP device.

Diagram on an AP over-the-air deployment

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