Enable Wireless Connections

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 have these default interface names:

Single Radio Firebox

Access Point Interface Name
Access Point 1 ath1 (2.4 or 5 GHz)
Access Point 2 ath2 (2.4 or 5 GHz)
Access Point 3 ath3 (2.4 or 5 GHz)

Dual Radio Firebox

Access Point Interface Name
Access Point 1 ath1 - 2.4 GHz
ath5 - 5 GHz
Access Point 2 ath2 - 2.4 GHz
ath6 - 5 GHz
Access Point 3 ath3 - 2.4 GHz
ath7 - 5 GHz

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 it more difficult for users to connect to the wireless Firebox from unauthorized computers.

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

About Wireless Radio Settings

About Network Modes and Interfaces

Enable or Disable SSID Broadcasts

Log Authentication Events

Change the SSID

Change the Fragmentation Threshold

Change the RTS Threshold

Set the Wireless Security Method

Set the Encryption Algorithm