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Enable Wireless Connections

The features available in WatchGuard System Manager (WSM) can be different for different versions of Fireware. If your Firebox does not run Fireware OS v11.10.x or higher, the content in this Help topic might not apply to your Firebox.

For instructions to complete the procedures in this topic for a Firebox that runs an older version of Fireware, see:

About Firebox and XTM Wireless Device Configuration in WatchGuard System Manager v11.9.x Help

Enable Wireless Connections to the Trusted or Optional Network (Fireware XTM OS v11.8.x and Lower) in WatchGuard System Manager v11.9.x Help

You can enable Access Point 1, Access Point 2, or Access Point 3 on your wireless Firebox for any network type, and configure the wireless interfaces with the same type of settings as an internal network interface.

The wireless interfaces appear on the network Interfaces page with these default interface names:

Access Point Interface Name
Access Point 1 ath1
Access Point 2 ath2
Access Point 3 ath3

For more information about network interfaces, see About Network Modes and Interfaces.

If you enable wireless connections to the trusted interface, we recommend that you restrict access by MAC address. This is to make sure users cannot connect to the wireless Firebox from unauthorized computers that could contain viruses or spyware.

To enable MAC access control:

  1. Select the MAC Access Control tab.
  2. Configure the settings to restrict network traffic on an interface, as described in Restrict Network Traffic by MAC Address.

Wireless and wired networks operate as if they are on the same local network. Broadcast traffic, such as DHCP requests, can pass between wired and wireless clients. If a DHCP server is active on the physical network, or if a wireless client is configured as a DHCP server, then all wired and wireless clients on that network can receive IP addresses from that DHCP server.

See Also

Wireless Device Configuration Options

About Wireless Radio Settings

About Network Modes and Interfaces

Enable/Disable SSID Broadcasts

Log Authentication Events

Change the SSID

Change the Fragmentation Threshold

Change the RTS Threshold

Set the Wireless Authentication Method

Set the Encryption Level

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