Before You Begin
WatchGuard wireless Fireboxes adhere to 802.11 guidelines set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). When you install a wireless Firebox:
- Make sure that the wireless Firebox is installed in a location more than 20 centimeters from all persons. This is an FCC requirement for low power transmitters.
- To decrease interference, we recommend you install the wireless Firebox away from other antennas or transmitters.
- We recommend you use the WPA2 security mode for the highest wireless security.
- A wireless client that connects to the wireless Firebox from the trusted or optional network can be a part of any branch office VPN tunnels in which the local network component of the Phase 2 settings includes optional or trusted network IP addresses. To control access to the VPN tunnel, you can force Firebox users to authenticate.
Before you set up your wireless Firebox, we recommend you consider environmental factors, which apply to the installation of WatchGuard wireless Fireboxes. For example, you can use a wireless site survey tool to better understand your current environment and existing wireless signals before you add a new wireless Firebox to your network. Based on the results of your site survey, and the requirements of your wireless clients, you can plan which wireless modes and channels to use. You will also know more about the level of wireless noise in your environment, and can consider other factors, such as the position of walls, that can affect wireless signal range.
For more information, see:
- Wireless Site Survey
- Wireless Modes and Channels
- Wireless Signal Strength and Noise Levels
- Wireless Environmental Factors