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About AP Client Isolation

Enable the client isolation option on an SSID to prevent wireless clients from communicating directly to each other on the same AP, different radios of the same AP, and on different APs. In addition, for APs that run firmware 8.6.x or higher, wireless clients also cannot communicate with wired-side hosts on the same network.

Client isolation is useful in typical guest Wi-Fi access deployments to prevent communications between guest clients.

Legacy AP100, AP102, AP200, AP300 devices cannot block wireless client to wired-side host communications, or block communications between clients on the same SSID on different APs. For information on how to configure client isolation across multiple legacy APs using VLANs, see Client Isolation for Multiple Legacy APs.

To enable client isolation on an AP, select the Enable client isolation check box in the SSID settings. For more information, see Configure WatchGuard AP SSIDs.

Client Isolation for Multiple Legacy APs

When client isolation is enabled on legacy AP100, AP102, AP200, and AP300 devices, traffic can still pass between wireless clients that are connected to the same SSID on different APs. To effectively implement client isolation for an SSID that is used by more than one legacy AP, you must also make sure that all traffic between your APs goes through the Firebox. The Firebox can then use VLANs to apply policies that support your client isolation settings to the traffic.

You can use a VLAN with client isolation to prevent direct traffic between wireless clients that use the same SSID while connected to different APs.

To implement client isolation for more than one AP, you must:

  1. Add a VLAN and configure it to apply firewall policies to intra-VLAN traffic.

To make sure that the same IP address pool is used for wireless clients that connect to the SSID on any AP, you must configure a VLAN. For wireless roaming to function correctly, all SSIDs must be on the same network. When you configure the VLAN to apply policies to intra-VLAN traffic, the Firebox applies firewall policies to the VLAN traffic from one interface with the destination of the same VLAN on another interface.

  1. For each AP, configure one VLAN interface to manage untagged VLAN traffic.
    Or, enable communication VLAN tagging in the AP configuration and select a VLAN ID to use for management communications.
  1. Configure the SSID settings to enable client isolation.

It is not necessary to enable VLAN tagging in the SSID settings if the VLAN interfaces are configured to manage untagged traffic.

  1. Connect each AP directly to a VLAN interface on the Firebox.

This ensures that all traffic between APs goes through the Firebox.

Because the default firewall policies automatically deny traffic between APs on two different interfaces, you do not have to create a policy to explicitly deny that traffic. For example, if you configure a VLAN in the Optional security zone, the Firebox automatically denies packets between the two interfaces as unhandled packets because they do not match any of the configured firewall policies. To prevent traffic between APs, make sure that you do not add a policy that allows traffic from Optional to Optional.

You can also enable VLAN tagging in the SSID and configure the VLAN interfaces to manage tagged traffic, but VLAN tagging is not required for client isolation. If you enable VLAN tagging, you must configure two VLANs: one for tagged SSID traffic and one for untagged management communications traffic. Or, you can enable one VLAN and configure the AP to enable management communications VLAN tagging for that VLAN in the AP configuration.
For more information, see Configure VLANs for WatchGuard APs.

Example — Client Isolation and Roaming

This example shows how to implement client isolation for a wireless guest network with two AP100 devices that use the same SSID.

Step 1 — Configure the VLAN

First, configure the VLAN interfaces and VLANs for your APs.

For more information about how to configure a VLAN, see Define a New VLAN.

Step 2 — Configure the SSID

Next, enable client isolation in the SSID settings.

For more information about SSID configuration, see Configure WatchGuard AP SSIDs.

Step 3 — Connect the APs to the VLAN Interfaces

After you configure the VLAN interfaces and SSID settings:

  1. Connect the APs to the VLAN interfaces.
  2. Discover and pair each AP.
  3. Configure both APs to use the SSID you configured.

For more information about discovery and pairing, see WatchGuard AP Discovery and Pairing.

About This Example

This configuration example prevents direct wireless traffic between wireless clients that connect to the AP100-Guest SSID. The two main components of this configuration are:

  • Client isolation — The client isolation setting in the SSID makes sure that wireless clients that connect to the same radio from cannot connect directly to each other.
  • VLAN — The firewall and VLAN configuration make sure that traffic cannot pass between wireless clients that connect to the AP100-Guest SSID on different APs.

This example shows how to configure client isolation for two APs. To add a third AP, configure another VLAN interface to handle untagged VLAN traffic for the defined VLAN. Then, connect the AP to that VLAN interface and configure it to use the defined SSID.

See Also

Configure WatchGuard AP SSIDs

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